Wynns Coonawarra `Michael` Shiraz 1998 (3 x 1.5L Magnum) SA.

Description:

Ripe and generous on a velvety frame. Stylish and packed with flavours of cherry, raspberry and earthy spice. Rich, concentrated fruit with balanced oak and fine acidity guarantees longevity. An outstanding feature of this wine is its texture.

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Ripe and generous on a velvety frame. Stylish and packed with flavours of cherry, raspberry and earthy spice. Rich, concentrated fruit with balanced oak and fine acidity guarantees longevity. An outstanding feature of this wine is its texture.

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

Expert Reviews

"Dark red-purple; the bouquet exudes oak from every pore as only Michael can; powerful, sweet black cherry and plum fruit on the palate demands to be heard behind the fanfare of oak trumpets; prior history makes it a near certainty the wine will sort itself out, however improbable that may seem right now."

Rating 94 Drink 2015 - James Halliday, Wine Companion - Date Tasted Mar 01

Winery Tasting Notes

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Colour

Dark red with ruby tinges.

Aroma

Ripe and exotic. Aromas of plummy fruit with layers of spice and mineral.

Palate

Ripe and generous on a velvety frame. Stylish and packed with flavours of cherry, raspberry and earthy spice. Rich, concentrated fruit with balanced oak and fine acidity guarantees longevity. An outstanding feature of this wine is its texture.

Wine Background

Michael Shiraz is Wynns Coonawarra Estate's best-of-vintage Shiraz. The fruit used for this wine comes from the best vineyard sites in Coonawarra and is only made in years when the best quality fruit is available. The first Michael (then called Michael Hermitage) was a one-off from the 1955 vintage made after proprietor David Wynn noticed the outstanding quality of the wine from two particular barrels and ordered them to be bottled separately.

This wine -- named after Wynn's young son -- is a legend of the Australian wine industry with good bottles still offering a great wine experience. This best-of-vintage concept was revived with the superb 1990 vintage and Michael Shiraz has been produced each year (with the exception of 1992 and 1995) since then.

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

  • 1998 vintage
  • 3 x 1.5L units
  • SA - Coonawarra, South Australia
  • Cork closure
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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