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 - Coonawarra
- South Australia
"A great Menzies of well-defined fruit and enduring potential, paying tribute to exacting attention to ever finer details of production in the vineyard and winery. It’s not due to land until November, but it needs at least another five years and preferably ten to really show at its best. Right now it takes some time to unravel and declare its violet fragrance and blackcurrant, redcurrant, black cherry and blackberry flavour. A well- defined, focused palate is built on tight, tangy, compact yet deep-set fruit and wonderfully fine, firm, textural structure."
Rating 95 - Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly Edition 126, 7 September 2013
"An outstanding example of Coonawarra cabernet from a great year. Jam-packed with powerful blackcurrant fruit showing a plum influence and stacks of cedary oak. Dense and concentrated with layers of mouth-filling richness. Seamless, with a typical Coonawarra velvety feel. A wine for extended cellaring. (Best drinking: Now-2026.)"Rating 95 - Ray Jordan, The West Australian, 16 November 2013
"The wine is a delight on the nose and tart black fruit in the mouth as it starts its journey, it fills out a little but retains the elegant composer, it's classic and beautiful. 94 now and I think a couple more to come as it ages, well worth $9." Rating 94 points -Tony Keys, Key Revew of Wine, October 2013
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2010 vintage was outstanding in the Coonawarra, it is certainly one to collect. The Menzies 2010 displays intense violet floras and cigar box
on the nose, with a full bodied palate of rich cassis blackcurrant fruit and dark berries.
Enjoyed with full flavoured red meat dishes.
Vegan & Vegetarian friendly.