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Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, Limestone Coast, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

#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.

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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.

WS 91
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.

JH 91
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

RP 90
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, , Australia
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.

A picturesque Mediterranean nation with a rich wine culture dating back to ancient times, Greece has so much more to offer than just retsina. Between the mainland and the country’s many islands, a wealth of wine styles exist, made mostly from Greece’s plentiful indigenous varieties. Still suffering for centuries after Ottoman rule, the modern wine industry did not truly begin here until the late 20th century, after a mass influx of newly trained winemakers and investments in winemaking technology. The climate—generally hot Mediterranean—can vary a bit with latitude and elevation, and is often moderated by cool maritime breezes. Drought can be an issue during the long, dry summers, often necessitating irrigation.

Over 300 indigenous grapes have been identified throughout Greece, and though not all of them are suitable for wine production, future decades will likely see a significant revival of many of these native varieties. Assyrtiko, the crisp, saline variety of the island of Santorini, is one of the most important and popular white varieties, alongside Roditis, Robola, Moschofilero, and Malagousia. Muscat is also widely grown for both sweet and dry wines. Prominent red varieties include soft and fruity Agiorghitiko, native to Nemea; Macedonia’s savory, tannic Xinomavro; and Mavrodaphne, used commonly to produce a Port-like fortified wine in the Peloponnese.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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