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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Yalumba "The Menzies" 2004 is deep crimson magenta in colour. A very complex nose offers nuances of violet, bay leaf, black olive and oyster shell. The palate opens with mocha and tapenade supported by damsen plum. Full bodied with fine tannins, this stunning wine finishes fresh and balanced.
"The Menzies" is crafted to be enjoyed with full flavored foods and complements roasted meats and piquant cheese.
"Inky ruby. Smoky, herb-accented cassis, blackberry and kirsch aromas convey ripeness yet are admirably restrained. The dense, deeply concentrated red and dark berry flavors are supported by solid but well-integrated tannins. Picks up cured tobacco, roasted coffee and bitter chocolate nuances on the long, spicy finish, with the dark fruit qualities really hanging in there. More wound-up than last year's 2002 release, but with at least as much concentration and more potential.
International Wine Cellar
"The red wines begin with the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon “The Menzies” sourced from Coonawarra. It was aged for 19 months in French and American oak, 45% new. Inky purple-colored, it offers up aromas of toasty oak, eucalyptus, spearmint, and black currants. Clearly the product of a cool climate, it is well balanced, with ripe fruit, moderate levels of tannin, and excellent length. It will evolve for several years and drink well through 2016.
The Wine Advocate
"Bright purple-red; medium-bodied blackcurrant and mulberry fruit, then slightly dusty tannins; good oak."
Australian Wine Companion
Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1949 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...Read More About Yalumba
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...Read More About Coonawarra
(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,...Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon
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