Posted on 19.02.21 Wine of the Week

Yalumba Y Series: Cab’ reveals its fun side

Think Cabernet Sauvignon and something serious will probably spring to mind. That’s certainly the case for Louisa Rose, the creator of Yalumba Y Series, who says the variety always makes her think of her mother telling her to “sit up straight and not slouch.”

It’s why Cabernet Sauvignon is so often blended, from Bordeaux to Napa or even in Australia’s Coonawarra region, where Rose concedes that “its unusual for us at Yalumba to talk about Cabernet on its own.” Yet, with her team, she has produced a small range of wines that celebrate Cab’ just the way it is.

At the top end, there are two complex, distinguished wines – ‘The Menzies’ and ‘The Cigar’, both available at Majestic – fermented in oak and built with significant ageing potential. However, I have chosen the ‘entry level’ offering as my wine of the week because I think it offers the most fun it’s possible to have with young Cabernet Sauvignon – and it’s also great value.

Yalumba Y Series 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (£10 at Vinum or select independent wine shops like Richardsons of Whitehaven, or just over £9 at Amazon if you buy six), has an exuberant purple hue, bountiful blackcurrants, juicy red cherries, dried herbs and just the faintest hint of spearmint. There’s no oak, so it’s all about fresh, fleshy fruit and those notorious Cab’ tannins, which Rose (pictured below) has managed to tame with a system that pumps small jets of oxygen into the fermenting wine.

This vegan wine (meaning no animal products are used in the filtering process) is a real hoot and it screams out for pizza, but would also be great with a meaty pasta dish or barbecued ribs.

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