"Yalumba has always produced Coonawarra reds that tend towards the herbal/dusty end of the spectrum. But in 2005, an excellent Coonawarra vintage, they have changed tack opting for a more classical cassis, fruit-dominant style, which is, in my book, a real move for the better. In fact, this is an absolute belter made in a dense and compact style that immediately impresses with its layers of power-packed aromas that are lifted by some cedary/ dusty complexity. In the mouth the fruit is generous, almost explosive, yet retains a measured character. All of this sits on marked chewy tannins that mingle beautifully with the fruit, which suggest that the wine will drink well for 15 years or more. You, quite simply, won't find much better value Coonawarra than this in 2009.
Jeremy Oliver writes, "94 Points - Very elegant, firm and fine-grained, this charmingly sweet-fruited cabernet reveals pristine small red and black berry flavours tightly knit! with cedary chocolate/mint oak and framed by dusty, almost chalky tannins. Showing a hint of sappiness, it's already quite complex and seamless. Tremendous value. Drink - 2025."
And from James Halliday, "94 Points - Perfectly presented cassis and blackcurrant fruit; tannins and oak in the back seat; supple mouthfeel.". Campbell Mattinson chimes in with "95 Points - The 2005 marks a new era for this vineyard and label. Yalumba see this wine as the future of Menzies, and boy I hope they're right. It's curranty, mulberried, straight and long - archetypal line-and-length red wine - with minty tannins and real length. Huge cellaring potential. Great varietal purity, and yet greatly elegant. Drink - 2022"
Angus Hughson, www.wine-ark.com (Aus), 17 March 2009