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2013 Yalumba The Scribbler Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

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The Scribbler from Yalumba is always a ripper buy as it totally delivers well above its modest price-point. It's choc-a-block full of red and dark berries and cherries, with whiffs of mint and earthy spices. The palate is rich and juicy fruity, with fine and talcy textured tannins, bright acidity, and a bit of tightness to the decent finish. Chuck it in the cellar for a couple of years, or hook into it with a steak for company.

expert reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Doesn’t let the side down. Appropriate quality and character given the vintage. Robust blackcurrant, redcurrant and eucalypt flavours with blackberry and clove notes in support. Filigreed tannin. Assured length. Quite enough oomph. There is nothing here not to like. Drink to 2028.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015 Reviews
95
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright colour; bright and pure cassis, redcurrant and fresh leather on display; the medium-to full-bodied palate is vibrant and complex, long and layered, with plenty of stuffing for the future, and enough fruit to enjoy in the short term.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Scribbler groupies (hello there!) will immediately recognise that this is a more elegant, structured and restrained rendition of one of the best value reds in the world. It’s more crunchy and vibrant than ever, with cabernet in the lead. Monumentally age-worthy.
Wine Taste - Edition 23
94
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
The 2009 is near enough to a 60/40 cabernet/shiraz split, and has a strong plum, cherry and juniper nose, with mint and leafy elements, violets and cedary oak. The palate's ripe yet juicy, with decent enough concentration and consistent berry and plum flavour; tannins twist very ripe to close.
Now
The Good Wine Guide
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Blending cabernet and shiraz has been a Yalumba specialty since the 1960s. This wine is very perfumed and sweet with glossy sweet fruit palate with juicy black currant fruit. Soft shiraz meets the testy tannins of cabernet with greater drinkability and freshness in the 2009.
2013
Rob Geddes MW
89
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A compellingly luscious wine that 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.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Blending cabernet and shiraz has been a Yalumba specialty since the 1960s. This wine is very perfumed and sweet with glossy sweet fruit. Soft shiraz meets the testy tannins of cabernet.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Australia's longest-lived and most-underrated bargain red? Yes. Scribbler's pure red fruits and vibrant spice are adorable from the start and they will blossom beyond a decade. The Great Australian Red for the masses.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
93
Campbell Mattinson (2008 Vintage) says
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.
The Big Red Wine Book, 2010/2011 2010
91
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
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 a keen 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, 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.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
91
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Roughly two-thirds cabernet, it really dominates this fresh little Barossa blend, with leafy cassis and redcurrant fruits and early signs of tobacco on the nose; some mint and floral lift too. The palate has bright, bouncy appeal and is really shaped for early drinking. Juicy tannins carry cassis and earthy flavours even through the finish.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
90
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Blending cabernet and shiraz has been a Yalumba specialty since the 1960s. This wine is very perfumed and sweet with glossy sweet fruit. Soft shiraz meets the testy tannins of cabernet.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
86
Campbell Mattinson (2007 Vintage) says
Yalumba has a long history of making fine cabernet- shiraz blends, and this new wine is an excellent addition. It's 63 per cent cabernet sauvignon with the reminder shiraz.

A beautiful example of this classic blend. It has power and structure an enormous amount of length, and terrific, supple texture. It shows how well cabernet sauvignon and shiraz complement each other. Savoury, dusty, currant and pure. This would make an excellent choice for the cellar.

The big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Yalumba has a long history of making fine cabernet-shiraz blends, and this new wine is an excellent addition. It's 63 per cent cabernet sauvignon with the remainder shiraz. A beautiful example of this classic blend. It has power and structure, an enormous amount of length, and terrific, supple texture. It shows perfectly how well cabernet sauvignon and shiraz complement each other. Savoury, dusty, curranty and pure. This would make an excellent choice for the cellar.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A wine showing plenty of depth, richness and generosity; dark fruits dominate, with a delicate lick of oak; clean and long on the juicy, tannic finish
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Blending cabernet and shiraz has been a Yalumba specialty since the 1960s. This wine is very perfumed and sweet with glossy sweet fruit. Soft shiraz meets the testy tannins of cabernet.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
89

winemaker's notes

Yalumba The Scribbler is a youthful embodiment of its beloved older sibling The Signature, sharing the same bloodline, pedigree and winemaking expertise. Showcasing the Barossa, The Scribbler is an elegant, complex and bright wine that is designed to drink now but can also be cellared for medium term enjoyment.

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