Wynns on a win­ning streak

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine - with John Jens

WYNNS Coon­awarra Es­tate will re­lease their new vin­tage reds on Wynn’s Day in early Au­gust.

The stand­outs are the 2014 Black La­bel and the 2013 Sin­gle Vine­yard ‘Harold’ caber­net sauvi­gnons.

Aus­tralian wines have never been bet­ter and so to be among the best in any style or price range, a win­ery must be in­creas­ing its qual­ity lev­els faster than its peers; Wynns are do­ing just that.

Wynns are most fa­mous for their caber­net sauvi­gnons but last year’s re­leases of the 2014 Ries­ling (18.4 points and avail­able as low as $16.95) and the 2014 chardon­nay were also among their finest ever.

Wynns had great caber­net eras in the early 1960s, 80s and 90s, but we can safely as­sume that they have never re­leased con­sec­u­tive vin­tages of such qual­ity as the Black La­bel caber­net sauvi­gnons, Sin­gle Vine­yard caber­nets and the John Rid­dochs from the 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 vin­tages.

The heav­ily dis­counted pric­ing poli­cies of the past few years have been re­moved as Wynns ap­pear to be de­servedly, and de­lib­er­ately, repo­si­tion­ing them­selves at the top end of the mar­ket.

For most of the last 50 years plus, the Wynns Black La­bel caber­net sauvi­gnons have been among the very best val­ues for money in their price ranges.

These days the prices have in­creased. Wynns must have de­cided, cor­rectly, that the pre­mium con­sumers were pre­pared to pay for their wines, with a fur­ther two or three years of age on them, really be­longed to the win­ery rather than to the re­tail­ers.

And what about the com­ing Au­gust 2016 re­leases?

Wynns Coon­awarra Black La­bel caber­net sau­vi­gnon 2014 is ev­ery­thing Wynns could have hoped for; soft, re­fined, long and densely flavoured.

It has sub­tle oak han­dling, even if ex­pen­sive and classy, firm dry­ing tan­nins from the mid palate on, se­ri­ous depth and com­plex­ity, 18.4 points and $45.

Wynns Sin­gle Vine­yard ‘Harold’ caber­net sau­vi­gnon 2013 is huge, full, plump, ripe and dense.

Quite sim­ply, it is just a de­li­cious mouth­ful of wine, 18.8 points and $80.

Wynns Coon­awarra Es­tate wine­mak­ing team Sarah Pid­geon, Sue Hod­der and Allen Jenk­ins.

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