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31 March 2009

92 points - Yalumba The Scribbler Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2007 [Barossa]

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92 points - "I noticed a few searches for "Scribbler" going down on The Wine Front so, being a pro-active sort of lad, wasted no time in touching up Yalumba for a taster (as they say in the industry, and often they are made of good fruit too, those tasters). Anyway, the wine turned up promptly and on a Tuesday, delivered by a particularly portly panting puffing pugnacious sort of porter. And by this I mean a typically out of condition courier who munted and moaned like she'd just climbed Everest after achieving the summit of our house, namely the front door, in order to deliver this bottle. I hope you all appreciate her brave sacrifice.

Blackcurrant, red fruit, leaf, tobacco, cedar and nuts - a civilised smelling sort of wine offering the best of both worlds. It's medium bodied and quite juicily red fruited but rubbed back with savoury tobacco and olive flavours. Has some of those chunky grippy 2007 tannins but offers them with real drinkability and ease. Long and dry on the finish but the tannins cleanse and square the wine off. No alcohol or oak excess and 100% yum. Beautiful wine and a bit of a bargain too."

Gary Walsh, www.thewinefront.com.au, 31 March 2009

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