Sunday, March 3, 2013

Yalumba The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon

Supposedly, this wine brand has improved significantly over the recent years. I cannot really comment as the 2006 Yalumba The Menzies is the first wine of this label I have ever drunk. I bought it years ago, as it appealed to me then, and it has a number of positive aspects now.

The fruit flavours are very typical of the variety as well as the Coonawarra region. The wine has a strong redcurrant flavour, but there is quite a lot of complexity on the palate as well, as savoury tones start to appear. The oak is well integrated. The tannins are firm and lead to a dry finish. On the other side of the equation, this wine lacks elegance and is a little rough around the edges. This will smooth out further in the next 2-3 years, but elegance will never be a feature of the wine. If you like the terra rossa fruit flavours, this wine is for you.

Score: 90/+  

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