Yalumba is one of Australia’s oldest and largest family-owned wineries. They do a good job of holding their own against the likes of Treasury Wines Estates (which owns Penfolds, Wolf Blass and more) and the myriad of Woolworths and Coles labels on the shelves. In fact, you’ll find at least one Yalumba offering, often many more, in most bottle shops. They produce wines at just about every price point, ranging from cask wine to super-premium. Today’s wine, the Yalumba Tri-Centenary Grenache 2012, is one of their more prestigious offerings.
The Tri-Centenary name refers to the fact Yalumba produced wine from these gnarly old bush vines in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. They were first planted in 1889 so were 123 years old at the time of this vintage. Pretty impressive hey? We’re very lucky in this country to have access to so many hundred-year-old vines, which is not something you’ll find in Europe or the US.
This particular bottle was a present that arrived a couple of weeks ago. It’s not the latest vintage but Dan Murphy’s is still selling it, along with Wine Emporium so it’s still something that’s available at retail. It’s bottled under cork, which is a shame.
The Review: Yalumba Tri Centenary Grenache 2012
There’s a nice but subtle nose here: something rosy, a little licorice and a little earth. But, really, you’ll have to look hard to find any of that. If you’re just drinking this casually you’ll probably just pick up a pleasant vibe and not much more. There’s a powerful backbone of acidity to this wine that’s hard to miss, though it stops just short of being tart. There’s a gentle tannic drag on the finish. Not a lot more to say about it, really. It’s ok, but there are more impressive wines at lower prices.