92 points Wine Enthusiast
"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
91points James Halliday
"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."
Vinous Reverie Notes
2013 was an excellent vintage; it was preceded by good rains filling the soils over the winter months and mild conditions during spring flowering giving it a good even set of berries. The warm conditions continued through harvest allowing the winemakers to pick ripe grapes at ideal colour, flavour and tannin. The grapes for The Cigar are crushed to small static fermenters, and as the fermentation commences, the temperature is allowed to peak early at 30°C, then given more control at around 20°C. This ensures good extraction of colour and tannin. The grapes stay on skins for around seven days, with some tanks given extended skin contact before pressing. Matured for 18 months in new French oak barriques, French and Hungarian oak hogsheads (26%), one year old French oak barriques and Hungarian oak hogsheads (10%), balance in older French and American hogsheads and barriques. Tasting Notes: This wine is plum red in colour and medium to full depth in hue. The bouquet shows bright cherry, chocolate and musk fruit aromas supported by savoury cedar oak. The palate is vibrant with blueberries and rhubarb balanced by choc-mint with the tannins having mouth-filling praline texture. The finish is long and lingering. Food Pairing: Enjoy with barbecued lamb loin chops.