First made in 1982, the John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon was conceived as a flagship wine for the Wynns portfolio. The wine honours pasturalist and parliamentarian John Riddoch, who was the largest land-owner in South Australia’s south-east corner. With his brother George, the two owned the freehold to more than 70,000 acres.
John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon is made in small quantities from the best available fruit grown on the estate’s extensive Cabernet plantings. It has become the definitive Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, and is arguably richer and more concentrated than any other wine in the region.
Made only in years when grapes of extraordinarily high quality are available; less than one per cent of the top Cabernet grapes are used to make it.
Succulent, just medium bodied red of impossible glide, finely wrought tannins, impressive length and a general sense of that inimitable ‘detail’ that great wines have. There’s salt bush and bramble-greenery scents woven through dark berries, cassis, subtle malt-chocolate oak notes and a whiff of pretty eucalyptus. The wine sits with stoic shape and authority in the palate, a tight sluice of dark fruit sheen with more of the salt bush, green herb and light cedar character. Seamless. Regal. Beautiful. Will live long. Kudos. Tasted: Aug 18; Alcohol: 13.4%; Price: $150.00; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2040+; Rated: 96+ Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
Deep crimson. Intense dark cherry, blackcurrant pastille, praline aromas. Plush generous and chocolaty with saturated dark cherry, blackcurrant fruits, fine velvety tannins, superb integrated roasted chestnut oak complexity and superb mineral length. Finishes al-dente firm with a lovely classic tannin plume. A gorgeously seductive yet refined wine with the structure and density for medium to long term aging. Rating: 99 Points; Andrew Caillard MW
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