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Yalumba The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon

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Yalumba The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon

Region  Yalumba ‘The Cigar’ is from the Yalumba Coonawarra Estate.

Vintage : Current Vintage (Enquiries Welcome)

Sibling to ‘The Menzies’, this wine is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon harvested from The Menzies Estate vineyards. Named for the unique cigar-shaped strip of rich red terra rossa soil which defines Coonawarra’s wine region. Today, Coonawarra vineyard land is prized like a precious gem.    

Aroma This wine shows an intense complex bouquet of cherries and dark chocolate. There is lavender perfume and a touch of dried sage.

Palate The palate is typical of Menzies "The Cigar" wines, opening with a burst of plush ripe fruit reminiscent of mulberry compote. These fruit characters build the wine in the mid palate where they are met with a complex hint of ironstone. The 2011 "The Cigar" offers great length and the wine finishes with fruit and fine emery tannins.

Winemaker Peter Gambetta

Yalumba Coonawarra Estate ‘The Menzies’ vineyard is in the heart of the Coonawarra terra rossa country. ‘The Cigar’ is Yalumba’s newest wine released from ‘The Menzies’ vineyard. This wine is
named after the unique Cigar-shaped strip of rich red terra rossa soil. Having established The Menzies Vineyard in 1987, Yalumba is fortunate to be a part of this iconic region and salutes its pioneers
and those privileged to inherit its future.

winemaking process
Similar to our estate wine Menzies, “The Cigar” is made through traditional small lot winemaking techniques. The grapes 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 around 20°C. This ensures good extraction of colour and tannin. The grapes stay on skins for around seven days though some
tanks are given extended skin contact before pressing. The wine was matured for 16 months in mainly French oak hogsheads and barriques; 25% of them new.

Cellar : 10 years and be at its best in 2016-17.

pH (units) : 3.57
TOTal SO2 (mg/l) : 116
alcohol 13.5
Total Acidity 6.1

food pairing: Slow cooked beef short ribs


93 points - "Cream toffee nose, very soft (for cabernet) across the palate but still a full flavoured wine of generous character. 93 points and worth the $24 asked."

Tony Keys, The Key Review of Wine, 5 May 2014

93 points - "A long-lived Cigar that more than outshines its season, thanks to the decision to blend the entire production of Menzies, about one-third of the blend. It's accurate, crunchy, structured and age-worthy."
Tyson Stelzer, WBM, November 2013

93 points - "A long-lived Cigar that more than outshines its season, thanks to the inclusion of the fruit that would otherwise have made 1,000 cases of Menzies, a significant one-third of this blend. The result is an accurate expression of cabernet, tweaked with 7% merlot, with crunchy redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit, notes of leaf, tobacco and cedar and a background of well-judged dark chocolate French oak. A lively backbone of tight acid structure and finely textured tannins suggest a long future."

Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly Edition 126, 7 September 2013

90 points - "Medium-deep garnet-purple in color, the 2011 The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of blackberries, black cherries and cassis with an undercurrent of fresh mint, cinnamon stick and dried herbs. Medium-bodied with just enough youthful, expressive flavor framed with lively acid and a medium-level of chewy tannins, it is finishing with a slight herbal lift. Approachable now, and can drink to 2020." Click here to download presenter.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate #205 (USA), February 2013

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