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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Wynns Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Wynns Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
(search item no. 90000)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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. The wine was first produced in 1954 and for many years has been one of Wynns' most popular releases. The 2004 release is an exemplary Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon that continues the tradition of showing the Coonawarra at its very best.

Color: Deep brick red, with a subtle crimson hue

Nose: A rich nose with dark, forest fruit aromas, elegant chocolate notes, and that classic, Coonawarra, earthy, herbaceous character.

Palate: A medium bodied, yet succulent wine. There is a good depth of flavor, coupled with a harmonious spectrum of tobacco, violet and leather flavors. The palate is well balanced with the moderate alcohol level contributing to the lingering finish; complemented with well integrated, lightly toasted oak and a pleasant, firm, tannin backbone.

Food matches: Ideally suited to beef, duck & game, lamb

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About Wynns Coonawarra Estate:

Wynns Coonawarra Estate was founded in 1951 by Samuel Wynn and Sons. It is situated on part of the original Riddoch vineyards and the historic winery, built by John Riddoch in 1891, is immortalized on the Wynns Coonawarra Estate label. The region's unique "terra rossa" soil makes Coonawarra one of the outstanding wine regions in the world. Today, Wynns Coonawarra Estate is the region's pre-eminent wine producer and largest single vineyard holder with the best vineyard sites in Coonawarra.

Winemaker Sue Hodder grew up in the "red center" – Australia's outback. The red soil of Coonawarra is now her home. After graduating from Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1984, Sue started in the viticultural side of the wine industry as a Grower Liaison Officer. Making detailed assessments of vines through the year, tasting and analyzing maturing fruit and following up on the resulting wines gave Sue an appreciation of the importance of the vineyard in quality wine production. Sue then made what she considers to be a logical step into winemaking. She started at Wynns Coonawarra Estate in 1993, fell in love with the winemaking region and has remained. In 1998, she became Chief Winemaker.