2010 Yalumba Paradox Shiraz
Region: Northern Barossa
Maturation: Matured for 12 months in new French oak puncheons (3%), balance in 1 year and older French oak puncheons and barriques.
Winemaking Notes: 2010 is the first vintage of The Paradox. It is fermented using the natural yeasts from the vineyard, and aged with minimal winemaker influence.
Vintage Conditions: The 2010 growing season began well with good winter and spring rainfall, combined with periods of warm spring weather. Unfortunately very windy conditions prevailed during the flowering period which greatly affected the ultimate set. However the low crops that remained ripened to full flavour a week or so earlier than normal in what weather-wise was near perfect summer and autumn period. 2010 will be known as one of the great Barossa Shiraz Vintages.
The Northern Barossa is one of the early grape growing areas of the Barossa. At 50-200 million years old, the bed rocks have formed the soils in which the grape vines grow. Many generational growers are both traditional but also attune to the needs of making their vineyards sustainable with modern viticultural thinking.
Tasting Notes: An inky, crimson wine. Aromas full of mixed spice and crushed black pepper, violets, fennel and hints of blueberries. The palate is like layers of velvet, with great structure showing lush red berries, olives and anise. Finishing savoury and driven by fine powdery tannins.