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Wednesday 6 October 2021

Hey, hey it's Wynnsday

Lovers of  balanced, cellar worthy, medium-bodied red wines have today's date marked on their calendars. 

Sue Hodder and the Wynns Coonawarra Estate team launch their new annual premium releases on Wynnsday - and the wines certainly live up to expectations with a spectacular Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon heading the value parade.

Established in 1951 with history dating back to the late 1800s, Wynns Coonawarra Estate is the region's pre-eminent wine producer, and largest single vineyard holder. 

Its wines are regarded as benchmarks for the district; lauded for both their consistent quality and depth of flavour.

Hodder says the collection released today reflects "a golden era" at the estate.

“Wynnsday 2021 sees the return of our flagship wines, John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon and Michael Shiraz from the acclaimed, warmer 2018 vintage," Hodder says. 

"Additionally, our single-vineyard wine from 2018 is made from our oldest cabernet vineyard - Johnsons. 

"That said, 2019 was an equally lauded vintage – more elegant and a worthy style to contrast with 2018. 

"The Black Label Shiraz and Black Label Cabernet will be strong vintages in vertical tastings of these iconic labels." 

Also, Sarah Pidgeon has made finely-structured, early picked wines from the Wynns V and A Lane vineyards in 2019.

“The two release vintages - 2018 and 2019 - are as strong a pair I have seen in my 30 years at Wynns," Hodder says. 

The bargain buy is undoubtedly the Black Label 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon ($45). 

First produced in 1954, this wine has a reputation for ageing gracefully and displaying excellent varietal and regional characteristics. It is already lovely and well balanced and will grace many cellars for years to come. 

Another standout for me is V&A Lane 2019 Cabernet Shiraz ($60), a delightful blend to send heartbeats racing. Everything with in its place here. Hugely impressive.

The star of the show, not unexpectedly, is the 2018 vintage Wynns Coonawarra Estate John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon ($150)

First made in 1982, the John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon is Wynns flagship wine. It is made in small quantities from the best available fruit grown on the estate's extensive cabernet sauvignon plantings. Brambly and intense. One for the cellar, for sure

The collection is available now from fine wine retailers across Australia.

The full line-up is:Black Label Cabernet & Shiraz 2019, V&A Lane Cabernet Shiraz & Shiraz 2019, Johnsons single vineyard Cabernet 2018, Michael Shiraz 2018, John Riddoch Cabernet 2018


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