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Yalumba winemaker Kevin Glastonbury in New Zealand. (Photo: Bob Campbell MW)

Yalumba winemaker, Kevin Glastonbury, made a brief visit to Auckland to show off five vintages of The Signature, a quintessentially Aussie red that he describes as “a Yalumba icon.”

Glastonbury explained that he is not trying to produce an identical wine year after year and is comfortable for The Signature to express the influence of different vintage conditions.

Yalumba first made The Signature in 1962. The cabernet sauvignon component is mostly from the same five vineyards, although the shiraz vineyards is a selection from 25 or 26 vineyards. The wine is aptly named. It offers a strong Barossa signature, a strong Yalumba signature and, for the past 20 years at least, Kevin Glastonbury’s own signature.

Glastonbury explained that he is not trying to produce an identical wine year after year and is comfortable for The Signature to express the influence of different vintage conditions.

“Wine enthusiasts have an increasing acceptance of variation through vintage and vineyard differences as long as the wine maintains a high level of quality and adheres broadly to the existing style.”

The 2006 Yalumba The Signature was the first wine tasted. It’s probably in, or approaching, its prime. An absolutely delicious red, with layers of appealing flavours and a to-die-for silken texture. (NZD $55)

Yalumba’s 2008 The Signature was from a hot vintage, but the grapes were harvested before the heat and the wine shows no sign of being jammy or cooked. Worth cellaring for a few more years. (NZD $55)

The 2012 Yalumba The Signature is perhaps slightly lighter than others in this tasting but not lacking power or potential. Delicious wine. (Magnum – NZD $120)

The 2013 Yalumba The Signature was from a drought year. It’s heroically structured and has masses of cellaring potential. My favourite in this tasting. (NZD $55)

Finally, the 2014 Yalumba The Signature is from a slightly rain-affected vintage although it’s a good example of the style and combines drinkability with potential. (NZD $55)

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