|Not cheap, but damn tasty|
Huge legs, high alcohol. Big bold fruit opens up well after 90 minutes in the decanter.
Now it's smoothed out a lot the length is a lot more obvious. It still packs a velvet punch though.
It is, however, over priced. At £20 I'd be buying more. £30 is a bit much.
For five pounds more than this wine (£35) you can buy a Chateau Ormes De Pez 1995 from Majestic.
But now having written that I feel ungrateful.
Yalumba is independent and we should support them.
I guess one reason some Bordeaux left bank wines are cheaper is due to the fact that many are owned by big companies with deep pockets.
It's also a really distinctive wine. It couldn't be French for a moment, and it has a length, complexity and finish that Chilean and Argentinian wines just can't match.
I had a tasting of this Yalumba wine and many others from the region last year at Planet of the Grapes in London.
The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon reserve is wonderful wine. Expensive at £50 though.
We had a wonderful evening with the head wine maker who was incredibly entertaining.
Another reason perhaps to support independent wine makers: they may be more likely to have independently-minded folks able to experiment.