Wynns on a winning streak
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.