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Wynns Coonawarra Estate John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon

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Wynns Coonawarra Estate John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
2010 is one of the great John Riddochs. It’s sustained a significant price rise, from $90 two years ago and $130 last year to $150 this year – and it’s worth every cent. At a refreshing 13.5% alcohol, this is a classic Coonawarra cabernet of understated power, tense definition and impeccable class. It’s breathtakingly pure and alluringly evocative, taking days to fully unwind and reveal exacting definition of blackcurrants and crunchy blackcurrant buds on the bouquet. The palate is taut, compact and tangy, presenting red- and blackcurrant fruits set in a brilliantly structured framework of impeccably fine, mouth-embracing and long-enduring tannins. Gravelly, mineral structure and remarkable persistence guarantee a long and inspiring future.
Wine Taste Edition 126 2013
98
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A substantial, concentrated but finely balanced cabernet for the very long term. It?s deeply layered, with brambly fragrance of profoundly ripened black, red and blue fruits laced with scents of violets and supported by fresh, tight-grained cedar/vanilla oak. Powerfully constructed, with a plush presence of intense, sour-edged dark plums and berries wrapped around a fine, grainy backbone, it?s long and astringent, finishing with exemplary length and balance.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
98
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
This is a top-notch Riddoch cabernet. The colour is a given, as are the depth and purity of the varietal expression, but despite its moderate alcohol, it is full-bodied, and really should be left for 10 years, then enjoyed over the next 20-30 years, its future guaranteed by its screwcap.
To 2050
98
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
One of the most tightly coiled and precisely honed wines to emerge from Coonawarra's revered terra rossa in the modern era, 2009 stands as one of the great Riddochs of all time.
WINE100 2012
97
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Strong colour; a very potent, deeply layered,full-bodied wine in which all of the expected Coonawarra cabernet characters coalesce: blackcurrent, mulberry, earth and mint, and that's before you start talking about the classy oak or fine , ripe tannis.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
96
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A finely honed and classically drilled long-term cabernet whose heady, floral and sweetly oaked bouquet of cassis, mulberries, dark plums, cedar and chocolate reveal undertones of dried herbs and violets. Deeply ripened, its long, complete presence of black and blue berries and plums knits tightly with creamy cedar oak, overlying a firm, powerfully structured spine of graphite-like tannins, finishing quite savoury with lingering notes of minerals and a hint of leather.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
97
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Strong and handsomely oaked, this assertive, long-term cabernet unfolds deep layers of fruit and perfume, with intense but earthy aromas of cassis, briar and spicy, slightly meaty cooperage backed by nuances of dried herbs. It's firm but pliant, with a deep, spotless presence of cassis, mulberries and dark plums tightly knit with fine-grained, chocolate/savoury oak, finishing with exceptional length and lingering nuances of cola and herbs.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
96
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Wonderfully precise and dear varietal fruit in a ripe, but not overripe, mould; cassis and redcurrant flavours; fine tannins and quality oak.
To 2021
Australian Wine Companion 2009
96
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Exceptionally harmonious, complete and elegant, with deep, dense layers of aroma and flavour. A heady perfume of violets and iris precedes a long, firm and seamless palate that deftly knits its alluring blackberry, cassis and dark plum flavours with dark chocolate/cedar/vanilla oak, undertones of dried herbs and black olives and an assertive spine of fine-grained tannin. It finishes with poise and a lingering, pristine core of sour-edged flavour.
2017-2025+
Australian Wine Annual 2010
96
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
John Riddoch cabernet has had its grand moments in the past, but also the odd over-oaked disappointment. It's back here as a balanced, substantial wine of genuine, beguiling quality. 2005 RELEASE A big, dark, strapping wine of profound varietal character. Flavours of olive and blackcurrant, mint and cedar. Swaggering tannin. Long grainy finish. Beefy and intense, but not in any way over the top. This is the prototype of what a John Riddoch cabernet should be. Simply outstanding. DRINK 2015-2025.
2015 - 2025
The Big Red Wine Book
97
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A traditional Coonawarra classic. Its heady perfume of fresh cassis, violets, mulberries and cedar/vanilla oak reveals a suggestion of undergrowth. Smooth, polished and seamless, its supremely elegant and deeply layered palate of pristine small berry flavour and tightly knit oak builds on the palate, in harmony with its effortlessly restrained but finely crafted undercarriage of fine, powdery tannin. Beneath its fruit lies some slightly minty and dusty herbal varietal cabernet complexity. Superb focus and balance; set for the long term.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
96
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Much better colour than the Cabernet Sauvignon; classic cassis and blackcurrant fruit in abundance, yet not going over the top. A beautiful wine
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
96
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Dark, deep red-purple; the bouquet is as concentrated and rich as one would expect, with a mix of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit; ample but not excessive oak. The palate is immensely powerful and concentrated, precisely as one would expect from Riddoch in a vintage such as '96, with a full panoply of dark, black fruit flavours, tannin and oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
96

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