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Friday 14 April 2023

Australian wine classic honours two major contributors

Yalumba has just released the 49th vintage of its The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz blend and the new release is dedicated to two signatories who have made a major contribution to the company: Yalumba winemaker Kevin Glastonbury and retired viticulturist Robin Nettelbeck.

Fifth-generation proprietor Robert Hill-Smith announced the signatories during his speech at the family winemaker’s annual Christmas celebration on the lawns of Yalumba.

“This legendary pair share the knowledge of Barossa soils and our wines, the commitment to quality and style that ensures the tradition of The Signature is never compromised,” said Hill-Smith.

Since 1962, each vintage release of this iconic Barossa Cabernet and Shiraz blend bears the signature and story of an individual who has made a significant contribution to the culture and traditions of Yalumba. On rare occasions, one vintage is dedicated to dual individuals or a collective.

Hill-Smith said: “This is vini and viti together. In our business, this is a unique and strong combination.

“We are lucky to have people who are so resilient and loyal and enjoy being part of what Yalumba has become and we never take it for granted.

“Over the last decade we have had one constant... stability of talent. People with knowledge of the soils and growers.”

Robin Nettelbeck is a fourth-generation Barossa grape grower who rose to be chief viticulturist overseeing the Hill-Smith Family Estate vineyards. He worked for the family for 45 years and retired last year.

“What an honour and privilege it is to receive this award,” said Nettelbeck .

“With the exception of this Signatory accolade, I believe my greatest achievement is the initiation, growth, and success of the Yalumba Nursery. Through our clonal research and development there has been a seismic shift in grape quality reflected in all our wines.”

Glastonbury began his journey with Yalumba in 1999 and has made the iconic red wines that define Yalumba, including The Caley, The Octavius, The Tri-Centenary and The Signature.

“KG is absolutely committed to his growers, and to the vineyards," said Hill-Smith,

"He pushes the boundaries and is mentor to many, including the young winemakers in our team.”

“I hope my custodianship will be remembered as an era of refinement and great style, Glastonbury said. “Over the years I have watched Signatories accept their honour, teary and humbled - it puts what I do into perspective.”

Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz 2019 is now available through the Yalumba Wine Room, fine wine retailers and at with an RRP of $65.00.

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