HIS­TORY OF WYNNS

COONAWARRA ES­TATE HAS A HIS­TORY OF PRO­DUC­ING TOP DROPS, OF WHICH ITS LAT­EST AND MUCH-LOVED RE­LEASE IS ITS BLACK LA­BEL CABER­NET

The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Front Page - WYNNS COONAWARRA ES­TATE V & A LANE 2015 WYNNS COONAWARRA ES­TATE JOHN­SONS BLOCK SIN­GLE VINE­YARD CABER­NET SAUVI­GNON 2014 WYNNS COONAWARRA ES­TATE RIES­LING 2016

This is a great re­lease to cel­e­brate their 60th vin­tage, and worth putting some aside if you’ve got a cool, dark spot in your house, es­pe­cially if you look at it as in­vest­ment. This will be a vin­tage that peo­ple talk about. There’s suc­cu­lent dark fruits; black­berry, black cur­rant and black olive over the pow­dery, but firm tan­nin struc­ture, with an ex­cep­tion­ally long fin­ish. It’s pretty damned en­joy­able now, but will only get bet­ter, and will carry for at least the next 20 years in the bot­tle. RRP is $45, but eas­ily found at the ma­jors for around $25.

V & A Lane is the old lane that sep­a­rates the orig­i­nal elec­torates of Vic­to­ria and Al­bert, with the area knock­ing out some pretty good caber­net and shi­raz. The caber­net has been go­ing to many of Wynns wines over the years, with the shi­raz car­ry­ing enough per­son­al­ity to be bot­tled on its own. The al­co­hol is sur­pris­ingly low at 12.5%, which makes this more of a sub­tle, well-bal­anced wine than the nor­mal big, bold SA reds. It’s well bal­anced, suc­cu­lent red fruits with a tangy cran­berry note in there. It’s un­der­stated but thor­oughly en­joy­able. Again RRP is quite high at $60, but avail­able for $40. An ex­cel­lent wine, and even though its RRP sits at $80 it can be found lo­cally for a tick un­der $50, just putting it out there with Fa­ther’s Day around the cor­ner. This is se­ri­ous world-class caber­net here, com­ing off a vine­yard that was planted out in 1954, dark black fruits on the nose, flo­rals and to­bacco, but it’s all hap­pen­ing on the tongue. Those dark fruits lead­ing the way with savoury, smoky notes. The pow­dery tan­nins are bal­anced with the acid­ity and oak notes, with a long fin­ish.

Coonawarra prob­a­bly isn’t some­thing you look for on a la­bel of ries­ling, but Wynns does a good job of an af­ford­able drink-now op­tion. Lime, crunchy red ap­ple notes and some in­ter­est­ing min­er­ally slaty notes in there, makes this an in­ter­est­ing go-to wine. Makes a great lunch wine, and will re­ally come into its own over the school hol­i­days/Christ­mas hol­i­day’s while you are watch­ing the kids in the pool while hav­ing a glass.

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