Wynns V&A Lane Cabernet Shiraz 2012
V&A Lane is a long, straight road that dissects Coonawarra’s famous terra rossa strip at its midpoint. Believed to have been surveyed in the late 1840s, the lane divides the original electorates of Victoria and Albert. Traditionally, it has been used as a landmark to separate northern and southern vineyards in Coonawarra, and is a prestigious and sought after locality for growing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
This wine honours Wynns' prized vineyards along V & A Lane. The Cabernet vineyards from V&A Lane have been important contributors to Wynns’ top wines for many years, and have great pedigree. This area is also gaining a reputation for great Shiraz, and a marriage of the two varieties is part of Wynns’ history, going back to its earliest blends. The distinctive fruit from these vineyards has a signature density and richness; the defining characteristic of this location along the Coonawarra strip.
Bright and enticing, its spicy, peppery fragrance of fresh black and red berries, dark plums and cedary oak reveals a hint of dried herbs. It’s full to medium bodied, with a pristine, almost fiery presence of dark berry flavour that knits tightly with faintly toasty cedar/vanilla oak, extending long and vibrant down a firm, gravelly spine towards a lingering and finely balanced finish. 19.0. Drink to: 2032-2042; Rating: 96 Points; Jeremy Oliver
Limpid crimson-purple; a 67/33% blend, it has features that take me back to the Woodley Treasure Chest wines of the '40s and '50s - a certain austerity that comes in part from tannins, but more importantly, from the acidity of the fruit has at this alcohol level. Drink to: 2042; Price: $60.00; Alcohol:13.5%; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday
2012 represents the pinnacle of V&A Lane to date, testimony to fanatical, microscopic attention in the vineyard and small batch focus in the winery. Price: $60.00; Drink: 2027-2037; Rating: 96 Points; Tyson Stelzer; Wine Taste
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