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Most winemaking regions are known for a single variety, climate, or topographical characteristic. Barossa is not like most winemaking regions. Encompassing both the warmth of Barossa Valley and the cooler temperatures of Eden Valley, this area is home to extraordinary winemakers who bring spicy Shiraz, vibrant Grenache, and bold Viognier to life.
No other winery showcases the versatility and range of the Barossa like Yalumba, which has been crafting terroir-expressive wines for well over a century. The winery’s quality-driven, forward-thinking mindset is showcased by Samuel’s Collection, a selection of premium wines meant to highlight the best qualities of the Eden and Barossa Valleys.
Barossa is known for big reds, mainly Shiraz and Grenache. With Samuel’s Collection, winemaker Louisa Rose focuses on highlighting how these varieties can be lighter and more delicate. While it still maintains richness, her fresh, youthful take on classic Australian reds celebrates the versatility of the region—and that Barossa in particular is prepared to adapt to changing market trends. Samuel’s Collection takes industry members and consumers alike beyond the stereotypical Barossa, showcasing a lighter, brighter side of the region.
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Rose has been with Yalumba since 1992, and in that time she has learned to listen to the land—and when to let go. With a focus on low-intervention winemaking, the wines of Yalumba are intended to showcase terroir.
With an emphasis on crafting bespoke barrels from the ground up, Yalumba is also the only winery in the Southern Hemisphere to have a fully operational, on-site cooperage. This unique cooperage affords exceptional control over the oak influence in Samuel’s Collection. The use of specific philosophies in both the vineyard and the winery—whether through wild fermentation or organic and vegan-friendly practices—allows the team at Yalumba to work happily in what they refer to as the “magnificent unknown,” creating wines that delight and surprise.
Samuel’s Collection pays homage to Yalumba’s founder, Samuel Smith, who began his family’s legacy of creating innovative wines over 170 years ago, with the first planting of vines (by moonlight!).These wines find a balance between richness and freshness, focusing on texture that makes them a great match for flavorful dishes from around the world, which can sometimes be tricky to pair (think lamb tagine or pad see ew). While harnessing the power of the land, honoring their rich history in the region, and celebrating what is to come, Yalumba has ushered in a selection of characterful and impressive wines, highlighting the beauty of what Australian winemaking can be.
Explore some of the Samuel’s Collection wines from Yalumba:
Yalumba Samuel’s Collection Barossa Bush Vine Grenache 2019
This wine is made using selections of grapes from across the Barossa Valley, with wild yeasts initiating fermentation and adding complexity to the final product. Expect aromas of dark cherries and berries and a richly concentrated palate, with textured yet supple tannins.
Yalumba Samuel’s Collection Barossa Shiraz 2018
Collected from 40-year-old vines, the Shiraz is a rich, full-bodied expression of Barossa. Matured in 15 percent new French, Hungarian, and American oak, the dark fruits and bright spices mellow to a calm finish.
Yalumba Samuel’s Collection Eden Valley Viognier 2017
Fermented in a mix of old French oak and stainless steel, and left on the lees for 10 months, this rich and luscious Viognier showcases aromas of apricot, ginger, and white flowers. With age, it has developed flavors of honey and spice.