Yalumba was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith, British migrant and English brewer, who had brought his family to Angaston seeking a new life. After purchasing a 30-acre parcel of land just beyond the southern-eastern boundary of Angaston, Smith and his son began planting the first vines by moonlight. Samuel named his patch "Yalumba" – aboriginal for "all the land around". Five generations and 160 years later Yalumba, Australia's oldest family owned winery, has grown in sizeand stature, embodying all that has made the Australian wine success story the envy of winemakers the world over.
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. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes used for The Menzies are estate grown at Yalumba's Coonawarra vineyard, an exceptional site in the heart of Coonawarra's legendary terra rossa strip.
First planted in 1975, The Menzies is our sole Coonawarra vineyard in the heart of the Coonawarra terra rossa country. The defining terroir difference between the vineyard comes from the soils. Red sandy loam over limestone, classic Cabernet Sauvignon dirt.
This wine is made by small batch winemaking practices to protect the integrity of each 8 tonne harvest parcel. The majority of the wine has been matured for 18 months in French oak barrels, both barriques and hogshead with the new oak component held at 49%.
Good depth and hue to the colour; the complex bouquet and even more complex palate puts cassis fruit, oak and savoury tannins in that order until the very finish, when the fruit makes a resurgent comeback. Rating: 95 Points; Drink by: 2030; Price: $53.00; Date Tasted: March 2014; Alcohol: 14%; James Halliday Wine Companion
Single vineyard cabernet sauvignon from Coonawarra. Released February 2015. Cork sealed.
Classic release. Menzies Cabernet is in a good place nowadays. Tobacco, cedary oak, swish blackcurrant and bay leaf notes. Firm but melted-into-the-fruit tannin. Polished and pure, with ample length. Rating: 94+ Points; Drink: 2017-2030; Price: $54; Date Tasted: Dec 2014; Alcohol: 14%; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
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