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Date Printed: 4/25/2015
Yalumba The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Yalumba The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 98341)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 4/25/2015: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Yalumba has always produced Coonawarra reds that tend towards the herbal/dusty end of the spectrum. But in 2005, an excellent Coonawarra vintage, they have changed tack opting for a more classical cassis, fruit-dominant style, which is, in my book, a real move for the better. In fact, this is an absolute belter made in a dense and compact style that immediately impresses with its layers of power-packed aromas that are lifted by some cedary/dusty complexity. In the mouth the fruit is generous, almost explosive, yet retains a measured character. All of this sits on marked chewy tannins that mingle beautifully with the fruit, which suggest that the wine will drink well for 15 years or more. You, quite simply, won't find much better value Coonawarra than this in 2009.
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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is Australia's oldest family-owned winery, founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful wineries, owned by 5th generation Robert Hill-Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolades for its outstanding wines, and for its leadership in viticultural innovation and sustainable farming. Yalumba was the first winery in the world to be recognized with the Climate Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (2007), earned the International Green Apple Gold Award from House of Commons (U.K. 2011), and was the first winery outside the United States to win the BRIT International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing Competition (2013). The Yalumba portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to the Samuel’s Garden line to capture the essence of the classic Rhone-influenced varietals of the Barossa and Eden Valleys, explores sub-regional complexity through innovative, modern wines in the Hand Pickedline, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare and Fine wines including Signature and Octavius.