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Yalumba ‘The Scribbler’ Cabernet Shiraz 2015

16 July,2018

There’s something wonderful about the continuity Yalumba possesses. The most obvious is the family ownership of five generations since 1849, the longest in Australia. The family have inspired the staff to be long-serving too. And many of the Yalumba wines have a pedigree stretching back decades. The interconnection of the brands and labels also showcases the continuity that Yalumba uniquely has. The ‘flagship’ wine is ‘The Signature’ a true Australian classical blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, showcasing the best of the Barossa, made continuously since 1962, and each vintage honouring a person who has contributed to Yalumba. ‘The Scribbler’ is the more accessible fun-take by Yalumba of ‘The Signature’ with its name, hand-written label and irreverent presentation. But don’t be mislead into thinking this is not a serious wine. Just as the ‘Patchwork’ Shiraz is to ‘The Octavius’ Shiraz, ‘The Scribbler’ is to ‘The Signature’, and some excellent wine has been released under this label. www.yalumba.com


Yalumba ‘The Scribbler’ Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2015

Blended Red from Australia – South Australia


Full, near impenetrable black-hued red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with good depth and density of ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit along with notes of black plums, mint and herbs, unfolding spice and cedar elements. The fruit has plenty of presence. Full-bodied, the palate is softly packed with dense flavours of ripe blackberries and blackcurrants along with notes of cassis liqueur, dark herbs and mint, revealing black plum, cedary oak and spice nuances. The mouthfeel is rounded with soft, grainy tannin textures giving a fulsome mouthfeel, the richness enhanced by soft acidity. Some underlying alcoholic power is present and carries the wine to a full, soft, nuanced finish. This is a softly full and densely packed Cabernet/Shiraz showing ripe blackcurrant and blackberry fruit with herb, mint, plum and cedar notes on a fulsome palate. Match with casseroles and roast red meats over the next 5-6+ years. A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Shiraz from the Barossa, indigenous yeast initiated fermentation to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 15% new French and Hungarian oak hogsheads and barriques. 18.5/20 Jul 2018 RRP $24.95

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