Wednesday, December 1, 2010


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

It's true, the Cab/Shiraz/Merlot has traditionally been my least favourite Wynns red (haven't tried that Green Label Cabernet yet though...), but the quality of Coonawarra's 2008 vintage tells me now is as good a time as any to give it another shot.

Deep, dark and rich, the nose of Wynns' 2008 CSM shows 3 layers of aroma as I see it (or smell it). Initially, a punchy presence of dark plums and dates rise to the fore with plenty of gusto, cloaking a middle section reminiscent of smoky old cedar and dried eucalyptus leaf, before spicy touches of clove and white pepper tickle the high tones to conclude. Smooth, rich and practically creamy throughout, the palate is highlighted by a depth and persistence of flavour, as well as an effortless balance I've never encountered from the label before. Luscious dark berry fruit flavours pump through its heart, with a glossy extract of smoothly ripened tannins lifting it to a lengthy finish underlined by notes of cedar and herb. It's very polished throughout and almost rounded; to the point where it could use more edge, but for its low-end price there's absolutely nothing to cry about here.

ü+ On discount, Wynns' 2008 Cab/Shiraz/Merlot is a great value Australian red, pure and simple. Drink to 2018.
90 points

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