YALUMBA THE CIGAR CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016 14.5% 75CL VV
The Cigar is a name coined by Coonawarra Vignerons to describe the unique cigar-shaped strip of rich red terra rossa soil. Home to some of Australia’s most famous vineyards, the secret of Coonawarra lies in the intimate bond between the terra rossa soil, limestone layers, pure artisan water and a long cool ripening season. Fortunate to be part of this iconic place, Yalumba salutes the region’s pioneers and those privileged to inherit its future.
The Menzies Vineyard, Yalumba’s premium Cabernet Sauvignon estate was established in the world famous region of Coonawarra in 1975. The terroir is defined by red brown earth over limestone, perfect for growing grapes for full-bodied, structured red wine.
Coonawarra experienced lower than average winter rainfall. These conditions coincided with a warmer spring and summer, as a result vintage was approximately two weeks earlier than average with lovely richness and concentration of fruit flavours.
The grapes for The Cigar are crushed into small static fermenters. As fermentation commences, the temperature is allowed to peak early at 30°C, then given more control at around 22°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.
Deep red to crimson in colour. The aromatics display baking spices, plum, licquorice allsorts, and blackberries. There are nuances of sea spray and ozone, combined with a melange of dark berries. The palate is rich and supple with great depth. Dark fruits, such as blueberry, are complemented by a savoury mid palate, showing tapenade and dried herbs. There are lovely bitter chocolate tannins and the recognisable structure and architecture that Coonawarra Cabernet is famous for. The palate crosses the line between savoury and fruit sweetness beautifully and will be a lovely youthful wine as well as maturing into an elegant and structural older wine.
Enjoy with barbecued lamb loin chops or mushroom, tomato & basil lasagne.
Enjoy now or cellar for 7 - 10 years
Suitable for both Vegetarians and Vegans
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