Monday, December 28, 2009


- Coonawarra, SA
- $10-$21
- Screwcap
- 14.0%alc

Admittedly, the CSM has never been my favourite piece of the Wynns puzzle. This belief was only enforced by a vertical tasting I took part in at the winery in July 2007 (covering vintages 2002-2005). Solid but not spectacular value is how I'd sum up the CSM, which contrasts with my opinion of Wynns' other red wines.

Rather leafy/herbal on the nose, its plum, berry and licorice aromas are aided by spicy cedar oak and a perfectly valid note of eucalyptus leaf. Medium in body, the palate reveals a typically regional mix of blackcurrant and cedar flavours accentuated by more savoury, earthy undertones and a firming dryness, but it thins out a fraction throughout the mid-back palate, without the true length of fruit required for a higher score.

O Attractively regional at this price, yet still young and brash; Wynns' 2007 CSM should settle down and filll out nicely with a little more cellaring. Drink 2012-2015.
88 points

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