2008 Yalumba "The Scribbler" Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz Barossa Valle South Australia

SKU #1055998

90 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth and round, brimming with nutmeg-accented plum and berry flavors, lingering on the creamy-textured and flavored finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Drink now through 2016." And from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Youthful purple. Primary dark berry and candied cherry aromas are complemented by licorice and cured tobacco, with a sexy vanilla quality gaining strength with air. Broad, sweet blackcurrant and cherry flavors offer good palate coverage and inviting sweetness and are nicely firmed by supple tannins. Shows a touch of heat on the persistent finish, which repeats the cherry and licorice notes. I'd drink this now." (Jul/Aug 10) The "Scribbler" is your entre to its iconic older brother "The Signature", at more than half the price of that wine. In fact in the 2007 vintage, with their commitment to excellence, they made none of the "Signature" and declassified it into this wine. Made from a blend of 65% Cabernet and 35% Shiraz, the nose really pops with cassis, blue and blackberry, spice, violet, mineral, and a hint of pencil lead. On the palate there are plush silky tannins that support the core of rich, juicy fruit. Delicious.

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 By: Amy |  Review Date: 7/4/2011 
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Medium body, young wine (nice legs!). Purple with garnet edges. Nose is of cherry and blackberries, and slightly astringent, but as long as you let it breathe enough, the astringency does not translate into the tasting.

Well-balanced. I could see this being a good table wine. It is slightly on the acidic side, with fine tannins. The finish comes off a touch on the tangy side, with a hint of tobacco.
Drink from 2011 to 2013

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley