Dark cherry red with a crimson hue. The bouquet is elegant and inviting, notes of cedar and licorice combine with rich, ripe cassis, violets and the quintessential Coonawarra “sea spray” note.
The palate opens with a burst of cassis and mocha. It is structural, yet generous, dark and brooding with restraint and the promise of enjoyment for years to come. The tannins are sublime, giving an insight to the ageability of this wine, yet in its youth, it is enjoyable as an elegant fullbodied red wine.
95 – Ned Goodwin, The Wine Companion
“… Long an icon across my memory bank, as well as it still serves me: from my early days in retail to time in New York as a sommelier and even Paris, where it appeared momentarily on the list at Willie’s. A seminal moment when Australian wine got a look in. And now? Classic. In an Australian sense. Lightened up over the years in terms of the oak, but the forcefield of graphite-bitter-chocolate-bouquet grain tannins is the driver. Long. Mulch, red and blackcurrant scents and a swab of olive linger. This is very good, auguring for a long life.”
93 – Qwine
“The famous Yalumba The Menzies Coonawarra Cabernet. Power with a veil of grace. It’s dense and brooding and perched atop muscular shoulders. This sees 22 months in French and Hungarian oak. Blackcurrant and blackberries cut loose – this is very Coonawarra from the outset. Tar and leather plus scents of boot polish too, ripples of dried herbs and faint a mintiness reach out. Oak spices add further interest culminating with soft powdery tannins. And that length! Yes! Already with some good age under its belt, this will live long.”