Wednesday, August 25, 2010


- Coonawarra, SA
- $19-$35
- Screwcap
- 14.0%alc

It seems Sue Hodder and the winemaking team at Wynns can't put a foot wrong at the moment. The company's recent releases of Shiraz, Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon, Michael Shiraz and John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon are all performing at, or close to all-time highs, while a smartly timed collection of limited release, individual vineyard Wynns reds have added further glory to an already brilliant bunch.

Glowingly coloured, Wynns' 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a fresh, genuinely ripened and varietal nose loaded with minty/leafy scents of plushly fruited dark plums and small red and black berries, with a fragrant tone of clean cedar oak considerately woven through. With layers of silky flavour the palate displays extra degrees of elegance and composure than typical for the label, as it unravels a stylishly medium-bodied, long, bright and even expression of fresh, regional berry fruits tightly knit with vanilla/cedar oak and a polished measure of fine, powdery tannins. Balance is spot on.

ü+ Another stunning red from Wynns Coonawarra Estate; the 2008 is as good as any Black Label Cabernet Sauvignons I've had this century. Drink to 2026.
94 points

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