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
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.