Yalumba Menzies Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


A classic example of Cabernet Sauvignon from a top vintage and the famous Coonawarra region, this is excellent buying. Maturation took place in a mix of oak – 30% was new French and Hungarian hogsheads with the remainder one-year and older French and Hungarian hogsheads and barriques. The Menzies Estate vineyard is a famous one, having once provided wine which received prime ministerial approval. Inky, near opaque magenta. Spices, chocolate, licorice, vanilla, blackberries, cassis and impressive oak integration. This is a seamless, well-structured wine, a cracking Coonawarra Cabernet from a top vintage with fine but firm tannins and a good line of acidity and concentration. Needs a few years to really hit its straps but should then drink well for another ten to fifteen years thanks to great persistence and early signs of complexity. A case of this in the cellar will bring great rewards. If you want to see what a quintessential Coonawarra Cab looks like, this is for you.