Wynns has access to a rather substantial 44 ha of mature vineyards within the V&A Lane district, located smack-bang in the middle of Coonawarra. The first, impressive releases from this sub-region come in the way of a 2008 Shiraz (92pts) and a 2008 Cabernet Shiraz.
Notably closed on first sniff, the V&A Cabernet Shiraz slowly opens to an aroma of spicy vanilla oak overlying a concealed depth of red berry/blackcurrant, mulberry and plum notes with lashings of licorice and violet. Medium-bodied and elegant in the modern Wynns style, its firm palate presents initially subdued forest berry flavours cloaked in polished vanilla oak, but the wine expands with waves of grippy, tightening and grainy tannins, revealing a wonderful length of rich, saturated flavour counter-balanced by a fine-grained dustiness.
ü+ A skillfully blended, long-term Coonawarra red which should take years to unravel and show its best. Drink 2018-2028.