Thursday, August 27, 2009


- Coonawarra, SA
- $59-$90
- Screwcap
- 14.0%alc

After a brief hiatus due to vineyard rejuvenation, Wynns' John Riddoch has returned with a series of sterling wines starting from 2003 (95pts). Following on with even better wines from 2004 (96pts) and 2005 (97pts), the John Riddoch certainly stakes a claim to being Coonawarra's premier drop.

Very even and elegant for young Coonawarra cabernet, the 2006 John Riddoch's aroma represents the winemaking skill of Sue Hodder, exhibiting great depth, poise and balance. Displaying both red and dark fruit tones, it unravels a slightly restrained yet plush fragrance of red plum, mulberry and currants with a polished extract of vanilla/cedar oak. The palate announces itself with beautiful elegance, smoothness and concentration, before going on to reveal a delightful undercarriage of savoury quality underlining its lusciously fruited base. It finishes strongly, with mouthfilling flavour and exceptional structure, encompassed by powerful, drying tannins building in waves towards a conclusion of almost never ending length.

ü+ Another superlative John Riddoch; a real 'whole-mouth' experience. Certainly one to hide away in the cellar for a long time. Drink 2018-2031.
95 points


  1. I agree. Halliday lists it to 2032.

  2. Currently at Dan Murphy's for under $19 a bottle. Exceptional value/

  3. $19!!!!!!

    Holy Jeezuz!

    Wish I had of seen these comments earlier!

  4. $19 is for wynns black label, not John Riddoch. You'd be lucky to find one of these for $70 retail.