Named after the railway siding - a noted landmark which played a defining role to the fledging settlement of Coonawarra's wine region. Completed in 1898,"The Siding" was the hub for transporting around 600 hogsheads of wine a year back in the late 1800s. An exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, abundant with a vibrant spectrum of distinct varietal and regional characteristics of red cherry, mint and dark berry. Approachable on release, while still delivering the lauded varietal and regional characteristics synonymous with a classic Coonawarra Cabernet.
There is nothing to complain about in this medium-bodied cabernet: the terroir is obvious, the flavours of blackcurrant and mulberry are generous, but not over the top; oak and tannins are all part of the picture, but it's fruit first and foremost. Drink To: 2028; Price: $25.00; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 94 Points; James Halliday
Special Value Star (at $25RRP!) ~ James Halliday Wine Companion
It’s curranty and svelte with more than a lick of both dark olive and peppercorn-like flavour. Varietal, you could say. Modern too, in that the oak is slick and smooth but not heavy or over-bearing. It rollicks along, throwing perfumed violet notes along the way. Acidity is lively without being excessive. I looked at this a couple of times and hovered around the 91-92 mark throughout; given that it will regularly sell for below $20, it represents pretty good value/buying/drinking. Tasted : Mar15; Alcohol : 13.5%; Price : $24; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2015 - 2023; Rated : 91 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
Delightfully balanced, this fresh, lively young cabernet has a bright, floral perfume of red and black berries, violets and dark plums backed by a hint of cedar and dried herbs. It’s smooth and gentle, with a round, juicy presence of vivacious berry/plum flavour and tight-knit cedary oak underpinned by a fine, crunchy spine of powdery tannins. It finishes with length and refreshing acidity, plus the spotlessly pure stamp of modern Wynns Coonawarra. Drink: 2018-2021+ Rating: 90 Points; Jeremy Oliver
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