“Deep ruby, with purple glints. Eucalyptus, chocolate-clove oak and some capsicum. Vanilla-cream and polished, ripe cassis. Classic Coonawarra Cab nose. Precise, polished cassis palate, with bright acidity and grippy, firm tannins. Creamy finish.” ( 16 points out of 20 )
“’The Cigar’ is named after the famous cigar-shaped strip of terra rossa soil (red clay over limestone) in Coonawarra from which many of the great cabs come. There’s a soaring tannin structure here (much like Napa cabernet) but the flavors are wholly Oz: juicy boysenberry, camphor, spiced tart cranberries plus a wonderful minerality. A grilled steak is in order.”
"This impressed at both the Mamba Riedel Decanter Awards and Matthew Jukes' 100 Best Australian Wines. Sister to Yalumba's great Menzies Cab, it has dense bramble fruit, smoky oak and mocha tones. Complex, elegant and ageworthy."
"It's a strict, rigid cabernet with fragrant herb, currant and black olive characters running straight and true through the palate, the (tannic) finish all muscle and bone. It needs time. It has the necessary requirements. Coiled power is the phrase."
"Menzies is the name of Yalumba's Coonawarra estate, which is almost entirely devoted to Cabernet Sauvignon. Like most of the Yalumba wines, the oak levels have been pared back in recent vintages, allowing this wine's cassis fruit to to shine. Hints of tobacco, bay leaf and sage bring complexity, while the tannins are fine, adding a softly dusty feel to the long finish." (Editor's Choice)
"The bright crimson-purple hue and fragrant bouquet are not false prophets: this has very good varietal character, with blackcurrant, black olive, earth and bay leaf all contributing to the elegant, well balanced palate."
"You'd like to see a bit more density to the colour; there's Coonawarra mint and earth first up on the bouquet and palate; the texture and structure are pluses, and you don't have to make excuses for the alcohol. The question is whether this is too civilised."