Yalumba FDR-1A Museum Release Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

2005 FDR-1A was never released as a young wine, and this Museum Release is a different recipe to those vintages that are. Barossa Valley rather than Eden Valley fruit and American oak rather than French make this look more like a baby Yalumba The Reserve than an older FDR-1A to me, and at more than three times the price, that’s a good thing! Indeed, this parcel was considered for The Reserve program but didn’t make the cut. Ours is the win, with captivating succulence of black plum and black cherry fruit, slowly evolving into game and savoury spice, set against a backdrop of classic Barossa dark chocolate and liquorice. Firm, fine tannins, suggest it could do with plenty more time yet. Cork seal. June 2014 release.