Yalumba 'The Scribbler' Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2008
4 stars - "Ripe concentration of blackcurrant fruit aromas, and a big, rich, oaky palate that has balance and length and plenty of flavour punch."
Winestate Annual 2012
"A cabernet shiraz blend that should remind us not to forget that this was the combination that made so many great Aussie wines for so many years. I like it. There's punch and character in here with the plump flesh of the shiraz a perfect complement to the linear cabernet."
Ray Jordan's top 100 for winter drinking, The West Australian, 7 July 2011
93 points - "Give straight Shiraz the swerve for once and try on Australia's most under-rated blend! Scribbler is so precise, it tastes like a Cabernet and Shiraz at the same time. Well, duh... but no one else can pull this off for $20! The best bargain red in the country? Too right it is!"
Tyson Stelzer, tysonstelzer.com, 25 March 2011
"A compellingly luscious wine which offers an array of blackcurrant, blackberry and plum fruit on both bouquet and palate, with enough savoury tannins on the finish to tighten the structure to the degree needed; balanced oak."
Rating: 94 Drink: 2023
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2011 Edition
“Last year’s release was a huge hit in this book’s ‘best reds under $20 category’ (top place). It’s a newish wine to the Yalumba range, but it’s worth keeping an eye on. As a young wine it opens up quite charry and toasty so splash it round and give it some air if you’re going in early. It has lots of dusty, minty, aniseed fragrance over dark chocolate and mixed berries, and when it hits your mouth you’ll be greeted by a rugged and sandy, yet handsome, set of tannins. We’d call them rustic, hot vintage tannins, but they’re enjoyable nonetheless. It’s a bit of a rough diamond, but it is still a diamond.”
POINTS: 91 VALUE: four drops DRINK: 2011 - 2018
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh, The Big Red Wine Book 2010/2011, 1 June 2010
"The Scribbler takes a more savoury and herbal look at this iconic blend and fashions its flavour in a more upright manner than that of the Willunga 100, Hellbent, or The Musician. With a fair degree of tannin, and therefore age-ability, this is a wine which is only starting to show its class now, but it will evolve in time more than the aforementioned trio. There is a good argument for having them all in your cellar though, such is the diversity of black fruit flavours and the detail of oak involved. The Scribbler is a wine which Yalumba has focused on heavily of late and this is fantastically encouraging for us all." Click here to download presenter
Matthew Jukes, The Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2010
"The Scribbler is a younger sibling to the iconic The Signature which each year is made in honour of a Yalumba employee, not necessarily well known, who has given exemplary service to the company.
Quality blend of Barossa cabernet sauvignon and shiraz that could be best described as a little brother (or sister) to Yalumba's The Signature. Sweet plum, red and black berry fruit on the nose and palate, spicy characters, nicely balanced oak and juicy tannins."
Kerry Skinner, The Illawarra Mercury Weekender (Aus), 15 August 2009