Wynns Coonawarra Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
97 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE THE REAL REVIEW & 97 POINT RATED RAY JORDAN
- 97 Point Rated Huon Hooke The Real Review
- 97 Point Rated Ray Jordan
- 96 Point Rated Jeni Port Halliday Wine Companion
- 96 Point Rated Andrew Caillard MW
Coonawarra, South Australia
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The 2018 Black Label Cabernet is a combination of dark fruit and finesse. Initially the palate is soft and round, but a fine tannin framework provides structure and length on the palate. A beautifully balanced, medium- weight Cabernet with all the hallmarks of this 20heritage label. Pristine varietal cabernet fruit balanced for guaranteed cellaring.
2018 is an excellent Coonawarra Cabernet vintage. Very Intense purple colours are coupled with varietal fruit and ripe tannins. Winter and Spring rainfall was excellent at 20% above long term averages, soil moisture was replenished, and limestone aquifers recharged arm Summer temperatures advanced veraison by two weeks, to the end of January. A strong coastal upwelling cooled March, and extended the ripening period such that Cabernet was harvested in line with long term harvest dates (6th April) predominantly from the last week of March through the first two weeks of April. The yields were moderate, and the slow cool ripening was very even.
97 Point Rated - Huon Hooke The Real Review
"The colour is very deep, concentrated red/purple and the bouquet is a deep, brooding mix of blackberry violets, blueberry and blackcurrant. Perfect fruit ripeness. Oak is very background, and the palate is full-bodied and beautifully-structured, with the right amount of firmness in the tannins which run the full length of the palate and leave the finish cleansing and dry, the aftertaste refreshing and moreish. A superb wine and a classic of both variety and region. (The 63rd vintage of this wine)"
97 Point - Rated Ray Jordan
96 Point Rated- Jeni Port Halliday Wine Companion
“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.”
96 Point Rated - Andrew Caillard MW
"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 inkinesss 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 13.7% alc – Now – 2032"
93 Point Rated Mike Bennie The Wine Front
"In the 60 year frame of reference it’s probably more full bodied than average, but in the spectrum of world cabernet it’s decidedly medium bodied”, says winemaker Sue Hodder. Full of pleasure, quite lush despite the web and frame of fine, graphite-feeling tannins. Choc-cherry sniffs and tastes, cassis, violets for sure, some white pepper, choc-mint notes through the wine. Lively and fresh-feeling even with added depth. Sumptuous cabernet, in a sense. It’s great drinking, a little easier on the palate than stricter, leaner releases, but still shows very the pedigree of vines and winemaking. Satisfaction and ease and charm."