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Item: #383497
Bottle Size:750ml

JAMES HALLIDAY 89 POINTS - "Bright purple-crimson; the 2012 vintage produced wonderful South Australian reds right across the price-point pyramid; this Read More...
wine is entirely fruit-driven, its light to medium-bodied palate with vibrantly fresh fruits and superfine tannins. Ready whenever you are."

This is a fun, easy drinking wine that is sure to put a smile on your face. Wirra Wirra’s Scrubby Rise is a silky smooth Aussie blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot made in an approachable style and loaded with fresh fruit. The Shiraz steals the show with its characteristic juiciness, but is rounded out nicely by the other grape varietals. This is focused, delicious and juicy with raspberry, blackberry and plum flavors with a little dusting of cocoa to add to your pure enjoyment.

The Scrubby Rise label features the artwork of acclaimed surrealist artist Andrew Baines and features a man in a suit and bowler hat rowing a boat across the vineyards. This whimsical label is reflective of Wirra Wirra’s take on this easy to like wine. Sometimes we do tend to get pretty complicated in our descriptions of wines, but not this time. Simply put, this is a fun and delicious wine for early drinking-Enjoy!
Item: #380650
Bottle Size:750ml

JAMES HALLIDAY 96 POINTS - "Spent 20 months in high quality French, Hungarian and American oak barrels made in Yalumba's own onsite cooperage. This Read More...
is one of the richest and most opulent vintages of The Signature in the 41 years since the first was made. While the blackcurrant and blackberry fruit flavours dominate the oak, the wine has a certain elegant juiciness that offers drinking at any stage over the next 20+ years, as the tannins are supple and fine, the overall balance perfect."

WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "Blended of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Shiraz, the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 The Signature (Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz) is a benchmark example of this classic South Australia blend. Giving scents of ripe black cherries, blackberries and cassis with underlying cloves, vanilla and menthol hints, it fills the mouth with ripe, seductive but never heavy fruit. Medium-bodied and well framed with firm grainy tannins and balanced freshness, it finishes long and youthfully taut. Always a great value Aussie icon, this vintage is right up there with the best and is certainly one for the cellars of Aussie wine lovers!"

JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "A balanced, complete red with currant, spice, meat and berry character. Full body with polished tannins and a long, long finish. Very structured and layered. Turns spicy and flavorful. This is a great wine. Try in 2018."

In April, Jane Ferrari of Yalumba visited Hi-Time and we sampled the astounding 2012 "Signature" Cabernet-Shiraz blend from the Barossa Valley. This sneak peek knocked our socks off so we ordered big and awaited its arrival. Well, the wait is over and the wine is here! The reviews from the wine press have also come in with a trio of critics awarding scores of at least 95 Points. They used words to describe this wine such as elegant, seductive and having overall perfect balance. This delicious red blend is an Aussie Icon whose hallmark is incredible balance and purity of fruit.

The Smith family has been making wine at Yalumba for over 165 years and has produced The Signature for more than 5 decades. Their "Signature" wine is only produced in very good years and 2012 was an exceptional year. It is deep and complex, displaying the silky texture that is the calling card of Yalumba’s red wines. The polished tannins of this remarkable wine make this one which can be enjoyed now, but also one which can be aged for several years. Enjoy!
Item: #377854
Bottle Size:EACH WS:91

WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "Rich, ripe and velvety, this is dense without being heavy-handed, with cherry, blackberry, pomegranate and spice flavors Read More...
that dance through the vigorous finish. Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. Drink now through 2019. 1,000 cases imported." –HS

Australia's roots in Rhone grapes go back to the founding of the Barossa Valley in the 1840's and 50's. There are Shiraz/Syrah vines in Barossa that are over 150 years old alongside similar pockets of old-vine Grenache and Mourvedre. A "Chateauneuf-style" blend is a natural for Australia, but in the past, these wines were usually bottled by varietal. Yalumba has been at it longer than most (163 years!), but this is the first release for "The Strapper" blend. We had to wonder what took them so long! The pretty red fruit of the Grenache adds brightness and elegance to some powerful, spicy notes from the Mourvedre (aka, "Mataro.") This wine is serious and responds nicely to a bit of air-time, moving from brooding black fruit to high-tone pomegranate, rose petals, and kirsch. There were only about 300cs for the US market-it will go fast.
Item: #382777
Bottle Size:750ml

WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The nose is clean, subtle, and elegant, with well-integrated oak as well as faint notes of spices and smoke. The palate is Read More...
elegant and the texture of the tannins clearly reflects the chalky origin of the soils. This calcareous blend offers great purity, freshness, and personality. It is drinking well and should also age. Drink now-2019."

The ‘Tito’ bottling pays homage to Sebastian’s father and is comprised primarily of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. This is one juicy, delicious wine which is definitely a crowd pleaser!

We recently sat down with Jose Alberto Zuccardi to enjoy his wines and learn more about his family’s winery. We were thrilled as the Zuccardi’s are taking Argentine winemaking to the next level of quality and refinement by pioneering single vineyard, micro-climate wines in the Uco Valley. Looking forward, customers should begin looking for regional bottlings as well as sub-zones and single vineyard designated bottlings from Argentina as indications of quality. Jose Zucardi’s father originally planted vines in the arid Uco Valley in Mendoza, Argentina. The high altitude vineyard at the foot of the Andes was meant to showcase his irrigation system, which he hoped to sell to others in the agricultural business. Up to that point, the area had been inhospitable to most crops, but the experiment proved to be a success as the grapes flourished, producing outstanding, flavorful wines.

Jose made the wines for many years, but now the primary responsibility belongs to his son, Sebastian. Together, they have brought Argentine wines to new heights and received world-wide recognition for their efforts.

To better understand the soil composition for each plot of land, Sebastian dug numerous holes in their vineyards. This information was used to plant grape varieties in the soils best suited for them. The Zuccardi’s attention to detail extends to all areas of their winemaking with results you can taste in the glass. His passion is evident in the delicious wines he produces and he likes to say, “The identity of a wine comes from a unique combination of vines, climate, soil and people.”
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