Yalumba The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
"The cigar is not that of RG Menzies, but the terra rossa strip in Coonawarra; has clear cut varietal character, with a medium-bodied mix of blackcurrant, earth and strongly savoury tannins."
Rating: 93 Drink: 2020
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2011 Edition
95 points - "This smells deep and pure. Fruitcake: so deep. Gets better and better in the glass. Attacks deep and dark and builds serious tannins - dry and firm, hot stones. The fruit saturates the tongue and tannins bind it up. Still so young..."
Triple Trophy Winner at Australian Limestone Coast Wine Show - Best Wine of Show, Best Red Wine of Show and Best Cabernet Sauvignon of Show
Tim White, The Australian Financial Review - Life + Leisure, 4-6 December 2009
"Last week we spoke about the significance of the cigar-shaped strip of land called the terra rosa that is the heart and soul of the Coonawarra wine region.
So iconic is the strip that Yalumba, one of Australia's most influential wine companies, has named a newly released Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon after it.
The Cigar, crafted by red winemaker Peter Gambetta, is sourced from Yalumba's highly rated The Menzies vineyard from which the fruit for its blue ribbon wine of the same name is sourced.
A new comer to the Yalumba portfolio from the exceptional The Menzies vineyard on Coonawarra's famous cigar-shaped terra rosa strip. A cracking cabernet, bold and robust with layers of black berry fruit, integrated chocolate and minty characters, clever oaking and silky tannins."
Kerry Skinner, The Illawarra Mercury Weekender (Aus), 15 August 2009
92 points - "Bright, regal cabernet fragrance. This has the poise of truly good cabernet, some cassis and regional minty aromas, sweet spice, olive and gently toasty oak, but the bright cassis shines through. The palate has springy, elegant flavour, neat and even structure; there's fresh cassis here too, and some black cherry. Terrific balance and outstanding value."
Nick Stock, The Penguin Australian Wine Guide 2010
Yalumba The Cigar "the benchmark for Coonawarra reds"
"The Cigar is the traditional nickname for the narrow strip of Coonawarra's legendary terra rossa soil. This wine is also unofficially known as 'mini-Menzies', the understudy to Yalumba's flagship red. This is a brilliant wine, outstanding value with substance and style, deepest Coonawarra Cabernet characters of leather, cedar, blackberry and blackcurrant all classically shaped up. It's easy to get at now, but will age for more than a decade yet. If this approach were the benchmark for Coonawarra reds it wouldn't have been left to so few to fly the Coonawarra flag. It might even still be the heir apparent to Bordeaux - rather than slipping so far down the charts."
David Ridge, The Adelaide Review (Aus), September 2009
Here's the first review in a series (using reverse alphabetical order) featuring wines produced by the members of the AFFW. I think I'll have a cigar to celebrate.
92 points - " I swear you can almost smell the tannins..but first Cassis,dark cherry, chocolate, tobacco, tar and spice sweeten the way. It's medium to full bodied, particularly inky and strong with a slick of firm grainy tannin, although has excellent fruit and flavour to balance. Long and satisfying - closes with yet another slick of strong black tea tannin. Leave it alone for a good while. A bargain for the cellar."
Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au (Aus), 18 August 2009