Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, Australia
#85 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013
A deep wine with vibrant purple hues. On the nose, Black cherry, blackberry & brambly aromas entwine with dark spices & tobacco. On the palate, Fragrant, bright and pure, with blackcurrant, coffee and violet notes. A core of dark fruit runs through the palate,defining this as a powerful expression of ripe Cabernet Sauvignon. Supple tannins coat the palate & frame all the elements to create a focused, elegant and classic Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Sometimes the best wine in the house is the one you have in your hand, the 2010 Wynn Coonawarra Estate Cabernet is evolving well and while quite rich, it is quite open-knit; racy red fruit flavors, with a streak of chalkiness; serve up some blackened chicken, fresh off of the grill and you'll have a match. "
Wine Spectator - "Refined, showing finesse, this plays its black currant and blackberry fruit against hints of mineral and herb. The finish is wrapped in fine tannins."
Australian Wine Companion - "Dark colour, and deeply fruited, with masses of blackberry, spicy oak and a splash of geranium; the palate is generous and rugged at this early stage, needing time to fully integrate, but the concentration is undeniable; time is needed"
The Wine Advocate - "Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon shows forward black currant, cedar and clove aromas over hints of forest floor and bay leaf. Medium-bodied with good amount of muscular fruit, crisp acid, medium to firm levels of grainy tannins and a long, relatively straightforward finish. Drink it to 2020+."
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Wynns Coonawarra Estate Winery
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. View all Wynns Coonawarra Estate Wines
About CoonawarraView a map of Coonawarra wineries
Located on the Limestone Coast of South Australia, Coonawarra is a pretty flat area, except for the vineyards, which are somewhat elevated. That, along with the proximity to the ocean and clouds that like to hang around, Coonawarra never gets too hot. There is a small strip of soil, about nine miles long and two miles wide, called Terra Rossa, or red soil/earth. It is the coveted place to plant Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon in this small region.
Notable FactsCabernet Sauvignon is actually the grape of choice here. There is a good amount of Shiraz planted as well, and blends of the two are popular, but Cabernet grown in the Terra Rossa shows a sense of place, and the wines are in high demand. The wine is elegant in structure, with prominent acidity and firm tannins, but full of ripe fruit flavors typical of Australia's style.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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2 ratings, 1 with reviewWilfred Wong (of Wine.com) - San Francisco, CA48/13/2014
As solid as they come, the 2010 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet serves up plenty of black fruits, with a fine accent of sweet oak; some dried leather and sweet earth too. Lots to like here.Adam Z - Brooklyn, NY45/27/2014Related ProductsFirst produced in 1954, and widely known as 'Black Label', WynnsCoonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has established a reputation for displaying ...
- Earth & Spicy
- Pair With
- grilled steak
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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