Some of the best Coonawarra reds
WYNNS Coonawarra Estate should really need no introduction. The iconic label depicting the 1891-built triple gabled winery and its Black Label cabernet sauvignon are considered a cornerstone of a cellar creation for every wine lover. Wednesday, or Wynnsday as some are calling it, brings the annual release of the top tier wines: the 59th for the Black Label and topped by the Michael shiraz and the John Riddoch cabernet.
Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon
2014: A "wet winter" and "slightly above average summer temperatures" have created a more medium bodied style of Black Label. Think juicy blackberries crushed in your hand, just savoury black olive, capped with a small amount of regional mint and tobacco leaf. The palate tastes well-judged French oak framing black fruits, finishing with clipped tannins. Will be found much cheaper than the RRP. Rating: 9/10 RRP: $44.99 Alc: 13.5%
2013: The year had warmer, more consistent temperatures which allowed for longer ripening. Dense, opaque purple colour. Walls of cherry fruit, melting chocolate fondue sumptuousness and cracked black peppercorn spice. While the oak is young with a touch of cedar, the elegant tannin structure works well to prolong the experience. Excellent. Rating: 9.5/10 RRP: $149.99 Alc: 13.5%
John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon
2013: Named after the original founder of the estate and the father of Coonawarra as a wine region. Sixteen months aging in 21% new French oak, the rest one to five years old. Understated nose: where the Michael came out swinging, this slides in with grainy black olive, brambles, ground spice and dusty earth. Structured palate sees dark mulberry fruit and gunpowder. The price tag is high, but so is the quality and cellaring potential.
Rating: 9.5/10 RRP: $149.99 Alc: 13.5%
Available from August 3 at major retailers.