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