Wynns `Black Label` Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 (5 x 750mL), Coonawarra, SA.

Description:

Wynns Coonawarra Estate was the first winery to be established in Coonawarra, by John Riddoch in 1896. The winery is located on the world famous strip of 'Terra Rossa' soil that produces fruit of an exceptionally high quality, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon.

First produced in 1954 and widely known as 'Black Label', Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has established a reputation for displaying excellent varietal and regional characteristics. The wine is produced from only the top 20-25% of Cabernet fruit available from Wynns Coonawarra Estate.

A wine of style and stature and a perennial favourite in auction circles, the 'Black Label' is one of Australia's most collectable wines. It consistently delivers the potential for medium to long-term cellaring.

The average vineyard age for Wynns Cabernet is 33 years.

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Wynns Coonawarra Estate was the first winery to be established in Coonawarra, by John Riddoch in 1896. The winery is located on the world famous strip of 'Terra Rossa' soil that produces fruit of an exceptionally high quality, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon.

First produced in 1954 and widely known as 'Black Label', Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has established a reputation for displaying excellent varietal and regional characteristics. The wine is produced from only the top 20-25% of Cabernet fruit available from Wynns Coonawarra Estate.

A wine of style and stature and a perennial favourite in auction circles, the 'Black Label' is one of Australia's most collectable wines. It consistently delivers the potential for medium to long-term cellaring.

The average vineyard age for Wynns Cabernet is 33 years.

Region:
SA - Coonawarra
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

A new release from Wynn’s. This one celebrates fifty years of black label cabernet. I am a big fan of this wine. Modestly priced, ages well and not overdone in the winery. It should still be a staple in most good cellars, though I missed out on putting a few bottles of the 2002 vintage away – it seemed to have come and gone from retail shelves in the blink of an eye.

Strong red purple colour. Aromas of cassis/cherry, cedar, crystallized violets and a little rub of menthol and mint. On the palate firm fine tannin and flavours of cassis, cherry, violet and another little rub of tobacco. Certainly a wine that’s rubbing me up the right way. Not a round swell of fruit though – quite linear and not at all showy – a classic Cabernet of some restraint. Black olive flavours on the finish with firm tannin to close. A young wine at this stage but one with plenty of cellar potential. Riper and more robust than the 2002 and very well put together: I like it a great deal. Rating 92 - Drink by 2016, Gary Walsh, winefront.com.au (MAR/2006).

Winery Tasting Notes

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Colour

Deep purple with vibrant hues.

Aroma

Enticing dark & red fruit aromas with light spicy oak.

Palate

Rich and supple, with pristine flavours of blackcurrant and complex layers of minty Coonawarra Cabernet. Fine

grained tannins frame the ripe and vibrant fruit characters, while creamy oak adds to the long, rich finish.

Winery Profile

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In 1891 the famous triple gabled winery and surrounding vineyards were built and planted by John Riddoch and called the Chateau Camoum. Riddoch’s vineyards are the core of today’s Wynns Coonawarra Estate, with his winery, essentially unchanged, forming the centrepiece of the operation.

Following John Riddoch’s death in 1901 the Coonawarra Estate languished for 50 years until 1951 when Samuel Wynn and Co, the Melbourne-based wine makers and merchants, purchased the winery and vineyards.

After much hard work, over the next 30 years Wynns gradually increased its holdings in the Coonawarra and by 1981 was the largest grower in the district with 440 hectares under vine.

Coonawarra's fame comes mostly from a freakish natural phenomenon called the terra rossa. Meaning literally 'red earth', the terra rossa is a low, cigar-shaped ridge of soil some 15 kilometres long and up to 1 kilometre wide.

Coonawarra - which is an Aboriginal word meaning 'honeysuckle' - is an isolated region 450 kilometres away from Melbourne and 380 kilometres from Adelaide. Coonawarra is renowned for its unique geological and climatic features - ideal for growing vines bearing the highest quality grapes.

Like all great wine regions of the world, Coonawarra's climate is cool and marginal. It is South Australia's southernmost wine region, positioned just 80 kilometres from the chilly southern ocean and cold Antarctic winds. The vines are assured a long, cool ripening period that builds up the intensity of flavours slowly in the grape and ensures a balanced acidity. The resulting wines will always be among Australia's finest for their richness, intensity, flavour and longevity.

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Other Information

  • 2003 vintage
  • 5 x 750mL units
  • SA - Coonawarra, South Australia
  • Cork closure
  • 13.5% alc.
Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. GraysOnline liquor licence LIQP770010049

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