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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.

Investment in the vineyards in the winery is paying big dividends, viticulturist Alan Jenkins and winemakers Sue Hodder and Sarah Pigeon with total control. The colour and sheer power of the varietal expression achieved at this level of alcohol is totally admirable; blackcurrant, blackberry and black olive are welded together with powdery tannins and perfectly judged oak. Drink By: 2048; Price: $45.00; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; Wine Companion

The latest Wynns Black Label reflects one of Australia's longest running, most effective wine-improvement programs. Early this century Wynns winemaker, Sue Hodder, with viticulturist Allen Jenkins, began restructuring Wynns' massive vineyard holdings and, at the same time, deconstructing (then reconstructing) winemaking processes. A deep understanding of individual vineyard plots has enabled harvesting of multiple, comparatively small grape batches progressively at proper ripeness. A new winery built to handle multiple batches gave Hodder precise control over quality and style. We now see the results in all its varietal purity, elegance and strength in this, Black Label's 60th vintage. Rating: 96 Points; Chris Shanahan

Another beautiful Coonawarra cabernet from this most famous of vineyards and labels. Silky smooth and immensely powerful. This is quintessential Coonawarra cabernet and why it is so revered. Loads of dark blackcurrant fruit with hints of plum and cedar. Silky smooth though firmish tannins with great oak integration. This is a wine that you will find for a ridiculously discount price if you look. Always mandatory. Rating: 96 Points & Top 100 Wines; Ray Jordan 

Stylish and particularly elegant, this complex and deftly composed cabernet reveals a heady, floral bouquet of black and red berries, fresh cedar/vanilla oak and earthy undertones that becomes more perfumed as it breathes. It’s smooth and seamless, unfolding a reserved presence of dark berry flavour tightly knit with polished, fine-grained oak and pliant tannins, delivering a firm but gentle mouthfeel and a lingering impression of harmony and balance. Drink: 2025-2033+ Rating: 95 Points; Jeremy Oliver

 

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