Yalumba The Menzies Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Yalumba The Menzies Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

 

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The Menzies Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  • Vintage : 2013
  • Country : Australia
  • Region : Coonawarra
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Deep Full Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Since its inaugural vintage in 1987, The Menzies, named after Sir Robert Menzies, politician and red wine enthusiast, has continued to grow in stature and quality

Experts Score Vintage
DCT Decanter 93 2013
JH James Halliday 92 2013
WE Wine Enthusiast 92 2013
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 92 2013
JS James Suckling 92 2013
RP Robert Parker 91 2013
WS Wine Spectator 88 2013
More information on wine critics and ratings

Full depth with a red crimson hue. The bouquet is of medium to full intensity with bright berry and plum fruits with a seaspray tang that is typical of Yalumba The Menzies.

The palate is full bodied and rich, opening with plush red fruits yielding a textured mid-palate and yielding to a lengthy finish.

Enjoy with a pomegranate and fennel glazed rack of Limestone Coast lamb.

Decanter (DCT) : 93 Points (2013)
The Menzies vineyard, which was purchased by Yalumba in 1993, has Cabernet clones planted which were specifically chosen to produce a less minty character than many other Coonawarra Cabs. This wine has a cedar, leather and black fruit nose and a really juicy, spicy palate. There's a slight tang reminiscent of autumnal hedgerow fruits, as well as a hint of menthol in the background. The tannins are fine-grained and well integrated, framing the multi-dimensional fruit, spice and oak finish. Drinking Window 2017 - 2028 (8/2017)

James Halliday (JH) : 92 Points (2013)
Powerful wine with blackcurrant and mulberry fruit, but I'm not convinced about the oak usage - it's a bit rustic, perhaps amplified by the tannins. This is theoretically a very distinguished wine.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 92 Points (2013)
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. Editors' Choice.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 92 Points (2013)
Youthful purple. An array of ripe black and blue fruit aromas are accompanied by suggestions of licorice, pipe tobacco and mint. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering smoke-accented bitter cherry and cassis flavors that deepen and spread out slowly on the back half. Shows very good depth and no rough edges. Sneaky tannins come in late on a long, juicy finish that leaves a sweet chewing tobacco note behind. -JR (10/2017)

James Suckling (JS) : 92 Points (2013)
This is has a richer, softer and approachable feel to it. The oak is driving a little chocolate and vanilla through the palate. Tannins are supple and even. Power and confidence, loaded with cassis and cherry fruit.

Robert Parker (RP) : 91 Points (2013)
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Menzies The Cigar has pronounced crème de cassis, chocolate box and mint with suggestions of cedar chest and cloves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is rich, concentrated and muscular with a solid foundation of grainy tannins and very lively acidity with a lovely freshness in the long, vibrant finish.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 88 Points (2013)
Firm and dense tobacco-scented currant and plum flavors are juicy and herb-tinged, with a tightly wound, peppery finish. Drink now through 2026. 400 cases imported.

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Yalumba The Menzies Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Reviewed by James Suckling 19-07-2018 . Score: 4.5