Outstanding reviews for the Caley Cabernet and Shiraz 2018
Like all previous releases of the Caley Cabernet and Shiraz, the recently released 2018 vintage has once again received outstanding scores and widespread praise from some of the world’s leading wine critics.
As well as receiving scores of 99 points from the Real Review, 98+ points from the Vintage Journal and 97+ points from Vinous, the Caley 2018 was also awarded the Great Australian Red Trophy by the Great Australian Red competition – a trophy it has won for a record four times.
The odds of one wine winning the Great Australian Red competition four times running are less than one in 30 million, and this impossible feat is testament to the dedication of Kevin Glastonbury and his team at Yalumba.
The Caley is the pinnacle of a long winemaking journey of excellence, that rightfully honours one of Yalumba’s most adventurous sons. A blend of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and Barossa Shiraz, The Caley is a classic marriage of two noble varieties and two great Australian wine regions.
The story of the Caley
The Caley is dedicated to Fred Caley Smith, grandson of Yalumba founder Samuel Smith, and great-uncle of the current owner Robert Hill-Smith. As a young horticulturist he set off on an 18-month research trip from Angaston in Barossa in 1893 to open up new markets for Yalumba and to research the latest horticultural trends. Despite several set setbacks, he managed to dive deep into his research, meeting such luminaries as Arpad Haraszthy (son of Agoston, one of the founding fathers of California viticulture). On his return, he oversaw the introduction of new scientific methodology to Yalumba and is credited with having had a profound effect on the entire operation, which in the late 19th century was as much about fruit orchards as vineyards. He sadly died before he was 50, but his eloquent diaries and letters are a reminder of his great achievements.
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