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17 June 2010

Hugh Johnson gets cozy with The Menzies on a winters night

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"... But man cannot live by desserts alone, even in this weather. (It's snowing again, wetly, as I look out of the window.) Australia's big reds suggest themselves. A bottle of The Menzies, Yalumba's Coonawarra Cabernet, stepped up and volunteered one evening when duck was on the table. 2005 is very young by my standards - as you may have guessed. But balance can be achieved (indeed, must be achieved) early in life, and this was in perfect equilibrium between keen fruit, showing the peppery side of Cabernet, by no means overripe, and nutty warmth. The tannin was palpable (and appreciated by the duck), and the fruit was sweet and long. If The Menzies had time on its side, I feared my next Australian bottle might not."

Hugh Johnson, World of Fine Wine (UK), June 2010

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