Yalumba The Cigar Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
94 POINT RATED TYSON STELZER JAMES HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION YALUMBA CIGAR COONAWARRA CABERNET SAUVIGNON
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- 94 POINT RATED TYSON STELZER JAMES HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
- FOUNDING MEMBER OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST FAMILIES OF WINE
- 5 RED STAR RATED WINERY JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
- AUSTRALIA'S OLDEST FAMILY OWNED WINERY ESTABLISHED 1849
Deep red to crimson in colour. The aromatics display baking spices, plum, licorice all-sorts, and blackberries. There are nuances of sea spray and ozone, combined with amelange of dark berries. The palate is rich and supple with great depth. Dark fruits,such as blueberry, are complemented by a savoury mid palate, showing tapenade anddried herbs. There are lovely bitter chocolate tannins and the recognisable structure and architecture that Coonawarra Cabernet is famous for. The palate crosses the line between savoury and fruit sweetness beautifully and will be a lovely youthful wine as well as maturing into an elegant and structural older wine.Enjoy with barbecued lamb loin chops or mushroom, tomato & basil lasagne.
94 Point Rated - Tyson Stelzer James Halliday's Wine Companion
"92/8% cabernet sauvignon/malbec. Matured 19 months in (20% new and 10% 1yo) French oak barriques and hogsheads. A terrific vintage for the great Menzies vineyard. Textbook, crunchy blackcurrants and blackberries are wrapped in cedary, fine-boned French oak, nuanced with roast coffee bean and high-cocoa dark chocolate. Firm, fine-grained tannins unite with vibrant acidity on a finish of fantastic energy and endurance. Now under screw cap, every detail is upheld."
The grapes for The Cigar are crushed into small static fermenters. As fermentation commences, the temperature is allowed to peak early at 30°C, then given more control at around 22°C. This ensures good extraction of colour and tannin. The grapes stay on skins for around seven days, with some tanks given extended skin contact before pressing.
The Menzies Vineyard, Yalumba’s premium Cabernet Sauvignon estate was established in the world famous region of Coonawarra in 1975. The terroir is defined by red brown earth over limestone, perfect for growing grapes for full-bodied, structured red wine. Coonawarra experienced lower than average winter rainfall. These conditions coincided with a warmer spring and summer, as a result vintage was approximately two weeks earlier than average with lovely richness and concentration of fruit flavours. Matured for 21 months in new French oak barriques and hogsheads (20%), one year old French oak barriques and hogsheads (19%), balance in older French oak.
Coonawarra, South Australia
|Grape Variety:||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar up to 2043|
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