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.
One sip, you're in. Another seductive Black Label - its 63rd vintage - and it's a wow. Excellent vintage conditions have no doubt helped, but this Australian icon doesn't need a lot of assistance outside its trio of long-time 'curators': Sue Hodder, Allen Jenkins and Sarah Pidgeon. Masses of blackberry fruits, a touch of black olive savouriness, stewed rhubarb, violets. Casts a wide net across the palate with sustained black fruits and spice, but also notes of coffee grounds, bay leaf and vanilla. Oak enhances, yet keeps itself in the background. Drink to: 2041; Price: $45.00; Date Tasted: January 2020; Alcohol: 13.7%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; Jeni Port; James Halliday Wine Companion
Medium deep crimson. Classical cassis cedar aromas with roasted hazelnut, herb-garden, espresso coffee notes. Supple, elegant and minerally with gentle pure blackcurrant fruits, underlying cedar, dried herbs, vanilla roasted chestnut oak, superb mid-palate inkiness and vigorous fine grainy tannins. In some ways understated and sotto voce but lovely clarity and composure. A very age-worthy style yet with immediate appeal. Rating: 96 Points; Andrew Caillard MW
A pristine, stylish Coonawarra cabernet of medium to fullish weight. Scented with violets, cassis, mulberries, dark plums and fresh cedar/chocolate oak, it’s long, elegant and firmish, with a wonderful drive of sumptuous flavour tightly wound around a finely balanced, gravelly spine. Underpinned by a suggestion of mint, it’s just beginning to reveal some of the complexity it will certainly deliver over the very log term. Drink to: 2038-2048+; Price: $30-$49; Rating: 95 Points (18.7); Jeremy Oliver
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