Since its inaugural vintage in 1987, The Menzies, named after Sir Robert Menzies, politician and red wine enthusiast, has continued to grow in stature and quality.
First planted in 1975, The Menzies is our sole Coonawarra vineyard in the heart of the Coonawarra terra rossa country. The defining terroir difference between the vineyard comes from the soils. Red sandy loam over limestone, classic Cabernet Sauvignon dirt. This wine is made by small batch winemaking practices to protect the integrity of each 8 tonne harvest parcel. The majority of the wine has been matured for 18 months in French oak barrels, both barriques and hogshead with the new oak component held at 49%.
Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
It’s a firm, formidable, structured, detailed wine of brooding intensity and concentration, set to medium bodied, dusted with earth, strewn with crushed eucalyptus, drenched in decadent cassis. It’s pulses through the palate with brooding dark fruit intensity, rippling with herbal, chewy tannins that rope and weave through the wine to its very long puckering finish. There’s a softness too, wine pools in the palate and gets tugged away. Lovely wine, even though its been an epoch for me.
Rated 95 by Mike Bennie, the Wine Front. (Jun/2016)