In 1974 Yalumba created an outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz blend known simply as FDR1A. The wine soon became a legend in winemaking circles, appreciated both for its fruit expression and restrained power. Vintage 2008 Fine Dry Red 1A is a continuing example of Yalumba's commitment to, and mastery of, the quintessential Australian red wine that is Cabernet and Shiraz. Aged for 13 months in French & Hungarian Oak barrels which were hand-made in our own cooperage, FDRIA is a testament to winemaking craftsmanship. Yalumba Winery
Select parcels of grapes were hand-picked and crushed to eight tonne open top stainless steel fermenters. The wild yeasts present on the grape skins were allowed to initiate the sugar fermentation. Cultured winery yeasts were then added to complete this fermentation and cap/skin management was controlled by the Yalumba designed cap plunger. The result is a wine with excellent depth of colour, richness and complexity.Dark and intense red in colour, with aromas of bright mulberry fruits supported by black cherry, anise, spices and cedar flavours. Medium to full bodied, this is a complex and plushly textured wine, quite seamless, with long, fine grainy tannins that reveal an elegance and refinement on the finish. A perfect accompaniment to roast beef with a mushroom sauce. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
:Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Shiraz, the 2008 FDR1A Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz displays a deep garnet-purple color and is very fruit-forward with intense black cherry and warm blackberry aromas plus whiffs of dried Mediterranean herbs and mint. Medium-bodied, crisp and taut on the palate, it gives firm grainy tannins, just enough flesh and a long finish. Drinking now, it should remain fresh to 2016+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown
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