The labels (there are few versions) are sophomoric and gimmicky (and, OK, fun) but the wine is serious and Yalumba, the company behind it, is the real deal. Robert Hill-Smith and team have turned Yalumba into Australia’s most successful family-owned winery. Their flagship red, The Signature is a reference standard for higher-end Cabernet-Shiraz blends. This wine, the Scribbler is the mischievous younger brother of the Signature.
YALUMBA “The Scribbler” Cabernet – Shiraz, Barossa, 2010 ($17.99)
13.5% Alcohol. A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Shiraz all from Yalumba’s estate vineyards in Barossa fermented in tanks and aged in mixed sizes of mostly seasoned American oak barrels, puncheons, etc. Purple red in color with well formed legs, dry and freshly balanced offering medium-chewy phenolics. Really pops in the mouth with fresh red and some black mixed cherry and red berry (raspberry) fruit accented with black and white pepper, tobacco leaf, and a bit of coffee grounds. Quite long and quite succulent. We have drunk it with steaks, we have drunk it with pasta, and we have drunk it with conversation and Friday night TV. And – GLW&CDR* – we will drink it again. Not another over-blown, over-ripe, over-manipulated, high-alcohol Aussie red; rather, this is a real deal, balanced, fresh, exuberantly tasty red for close to everyday drinking. BS: 92
*Good-Lord-Willing & Creek-Don’t-Rise
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