Yalumba Cabernet Sauvignon The Cigar 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, Australia

Item No. 108661
  • red wine
  • WS91
  • RP90
  • ST90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Like its elder sibling Yalumba The Menzies, Yalumba The Cigar is made through small lot winemaking techniques. The grapes are crushed to small static fermenters and, once the fermentation commences, the temperature is allowed to peak early at 30°C, then given more control around 20°C. This ensures good extraction of colour and tannin. The grapes stay on skins for around seven days, though some tanks are given extended skin contact before pressing. The wine is matured for 16 months in mainly French oak hogsheads.

Deep magenta in color with a nose of full intensity, the Cigar 2008 is a brooding wine showing leather, dark chocolate and high tones of cassis and jujube fruit pastilles. The palate surprises as it is not the brute the nose suggests. It is a medium bodied wine with fruit flavours of dark cherries and blackberries. The tannins are silky smooth and act in harmony with the fruit for a lingering finish.

Critical Acclaim

"Supple and beautifully focused to show off its currant and plum flavors, with deft touches of wet earth and herbs that mingle effectively as the finish sails on impressively against refined tannins. Drink now through 2018. 250 cases imported."
91 Points

"Named after the cigar shaped patch of Terra Rossa soil in Coonawarra, the 2008 The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon is the second label of The Menzies. Very deep garnet-purple, it offers intense cassis and floral notes with aromas of violets, menthol and a whiff of slate. Well structured on the full-bodied palate, it has firm chewy tannins, high acidity and good concentration, finishing long. Drink it now to 2016. "
90 Points

"Opaque violet. Black and blue fruits on the smoky, floral-accented nose. Lush and expansive in the mouth, with very good depth to its cherry and blackcurrant flavors. Silky tannins come on late and add grip and focus to the long, spicy finish. This drinks very well now with an hour or so of decanting."
90 Points

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Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the...

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Learn About Coonawarra

Located on the Limestone Coast of South Australia, Coonawarra is a pretty flat area, except for the vineyards, which are somewhat elevated. That, along with the proximity to the ocean and clouds that like to hang around, Coonawarra never gets too hot. There is a small strip of soil, about nine miles long and two miles wide, called Terra Rossa, or red soil/earth. It is the...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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