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1997 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
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This wine is produced from only the top 25 per cent of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes harvested by Wynns and was matured in a combination of new and used French and American oak for 14 months. This is a classic Coonawarra Cabernet and has become the contender for the crown jewels of Wynns. Some commentators say it's even better than John Riddoch and Michael. This is a curly debate and one that will no doubt go on for years to come.Winemaker Sue Hodder displays a refreshing degree of modesty and maintains that the superb quality of her wines are in fact attributed to the vineyard and the growing season. The lady is right, but we might add she has also a terrific wine making style, which has become very much a part of the Wynns Coonawarra red range. Former Wynns winemaker John Wade, just happened to call in during the tasting session of these wines and firmly maintained that the 1997 Black Label Cabernet was his top choice from the current Wynns releases. The debate has well and truly started and the only way you will come close to an answer is to taste the wines for yourself...Opaque crimson colour. The nose is delightful but has a trace of leafiness lurking in the background that the John Riddoch does not have. This leafy character is well restrained and not likely to over power the fruit; and from that perspective we will give top points to the John Riddoch, however, what follows through is indeed superlative. Aroma of blackcurrant, cedar and spice with a hint of leafiness at the very end. Superb palate structure, classic Wynns Cabernet Sauvignon. Flavours of blackcurrant, chocolate and spice - elegant, yet forceful. Near perfect balance with careful use of toasted oak. Fine grained, yet firmish tannins, followed by very long aftertaste. A REMARKABLE BUY AT THIS PRICE. Cellar 10-12 years.