This September the Hill-Smith Family launched the 2014 vintage of their iconic Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz blend, The Caley. Only the third vintage ever released, the wine is the result, not of a conscious decision, but the coming together of many years learning and expertise. Robert Hill-Smith, Proprietor at Yalumba sums it up perfectly…
“The wine came to us – we didn’t set out to create a super-premium Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz, but 2012 was a stand-out vintage. The winemaking team identified a spectacular parcel of Cabernet from the Menzies vineyard in Coonawarra and Shiraz from the Barossa. We all agreed that this was a rare and exceptional blend, but at the time, we didn’t have a place for it in the portfolio. We entered the wine into the Great Australian Red competition, and it was the only wine ever to win two years in a row – one wine out of 200, tasted blind by 26 judges isn’t bad going! A feat that Matthew Jukes described as being less likely than winning the lottery!.
After much deliberation, we decided to release the wine in honour of Fred Caley Smith, grandson of Yalumba’s founder Samuel Smith. Fred was a horticulturist who had a profound impact on the development of Yalumba’s orchards and vineyards. In blending The Caley, we seek to craft a wine of longevity…and that means structure. This is a wine lover’s wine. They will understand the combination of richness and its ability to go the distance. It’s certainly wine to be enjoyed and savoured.”
And what of the liquid? The Caley is a marriage of two noble varieties and two great Australian regions. As Robert says
“When you blend Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, it brings together the linear and defined ‘cool’ Cabernet with the ‘warmer’ Shiraz. The Shiraz wraps around the Cabernet, like a warming cuddle as it whispers don’t be quite so serious!”.