Wynns Coonawarra Estate, John Riddoch Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

RRP £100

John Riddoch is one of the legendary figures of Australian wine. It was he who in the 1890s recognised the terra rossa – that narrow strip of red soil in remote Coonawarra – as a marvel of fertility, and who built the three-gabled winery whose woodcut image is one of the world’s most revered wine labels. Riddoch wanted to make Coonawarra famous for its wine but his dream faltered; the winery was on the point of being sold as a sheep-shearing shed before it was bought by Samuel and David Wynn in 1951, and Wynns Coonawarra Estate was founded. The 1982 was the first John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon, made from only the finest parcels from Wynns’ 500ha in Coonawarra, in the best vintages. This 2018 (an excellent vintage with a warm summer followed by a long, cool ripening period) made by veteran winemaker Sue Hodder (who is approaching her 30th anniversary with the winery) has a lovely peppery nose and juicy, opulent, mint-spiced dark berry fruit with a mouthwatering saline touch. The tannins are notably fine for such a robust, magisterial wine, the acidity bringing on a refreshing juicy finish. Balanced, luscious, fresh.  15 months in French barriques and hogsheads. 35% new, remainder 2-3 year old barrels. Drinkable now of course but it has years ahead of it.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)

Alcohol

14%

Bottle size

75cl

Drink dates

2025 - 2050

Origin

Country

Australia

Region

South Australia

Sub-region

Limestone Coast

Area

Coonawarra

Tasting Information

Blind

No

Tasted by

Adam Lechmere

UK Stockist

To be released through the Bordeaux Place September 2021

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