Yalumba Cab/Shiraz the Scribbler 2008
The Scribbler is a relatively new addition to the Yalumba stable and is affectionately know as 'Baby Signature' by the winery's sales force. This is a full-bodied red with a bit of rustic charm. Flavours of blackcurrant, blueberry and lavender come from the Cabernet component whilst the Shiraz adds blackberry, liquorice and chocolate.
Pre-tasting notes: Ten minute decant. Led to a really impressive evolution as it breathed. Very “Bordeaux-Like”. Tasting notes: The 2008 Yalumba “The Scribbler” is, for all intents, the second label to the Yalumba “Signature”, Bordeaux style blend, and for its value it behaves well beyond its price. Once decanted (or aged for a few years even)- everything about this Australian blend takes me back to Bordeaux. Given time to breathe the nose is a fantastic introduction to the wine with soft & intriguing notes of plum, smokey cranberries & hints of chocolate. The attack is rich and behaves much more maturely than the wine’s youth would ever indicate. The mid-palate is all Bordeaux-style with a finish that lingers - and returns to a soft, oaked, rich sense & set of tobacco & cherry-laced flavors. For under $30- this is a great buy. For under $25- it’s a steal.
Full of baking spices and jammy black fruit on the nose. Tastes almost creamy (must be the oak) with a lively palate of acidity and a huge splash of blackberry flavors. Really nicely done.
Fun wine, love the label. The wine is jammy, juicy, easy to drink, great fruit forward flavors.
Pop N Pour - Ruby color, fruity Syrah forest floor nose. Light to medium on the palate with lots of spice, good acidity nd building fruit. Not tatsting the Cab Sauv much but really liking the Shiraz. After a couple hoursI get some bacon fat on the nose, the fruit backs down and the spice kicks in. On Day 2 I get a similar nose to yesterday. In the mouth the spice has backed down and the fruit is takingcenter stage with some meath Cab finally showing up. Finishes medium with smooth semi-drying tannins.
Overall this wine was very tight when first tasted. There were notes of caramel, red fruit & spice in both the nose and taste. Opened up with food, and made spice more prominent. Definitely young wine and think it would be better in 2 years.
The nose on the 2008 Scribble was, at first, baffling but once the initial surprise faded, it turned truly lovely, as aromas of citrus zest, prunes, brown sugar and violet candies formed a gorgeous bouquet. On the palate, I found dark fruit, wild berries and herbs with a plush and palate saturating texture, which led to a very pretty finish.
Does not have a very pronounced nose. Some light florals, like violets with other green foliage. On the palate, it's a mellow blend. Nice soft, round fruit with strawberry and raspberry tones. Takes on more pinot noir-like qualities. Very floral with hints of rose and violet. It's pretty and delicate with soft, downplayed tannins.
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