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Wynns Coonawarra Estate Riesling

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

This is without doubt one of the most underrated wines Wynns produces - possibly because it comes from an unfashionable region for riesling, but we are not ones to follow fashion! It's a mighty fine drink that shows lots of lemons and limes on the nose, together with some appealing scents of honeysuckle and lemon curd. The palate is lighter-bodied and fruit sweet, with juicy citrusy flavours, a talcy minerality to the mouthfeel, a delicate zip of apple-like acidity, and a dry, lemony finish. Excellent with ratatouille!

Winemaker's Notes

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Riesling was first made in 1962 and has gained a reputation as one of Australia's most consistent, and representative expressions of the variety. From a region famed for its red wines, this Riesling proves that Coonawarra can also produce whites of the highest quality. Wynns Coonawarra Estate Riesling tends to show characters at the riper end of the spectrum, with an attractive fruit softness that is suited for enjoyment on release.

The 2012 is a superbly aromatic example of a cool climate Riesling with good concentration of floral flavours and a gentle but lively palate. Another classic Riesling from Wynns, and as always an enjoyable summer drink.

Appearance: Pale green hues with hints of light straw.

Nose: Opening with crisp lemon aromas, the nose then leads into white flowers and over time slowly opens to an underlying richer honeysuckle chord.

Palate: Gentle white floral and citrus notes balance out over the palate creating a soft, approachable wine. Sherbet acid livens up the palate to give a refreshing finish. Just the right weight and clarity of fruit in this perennial favourite.

Cellaring: Enjoy now or cellar for up to 5 years.

Alcohol: 12%

expert reviews about

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Riesling

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Fresh and flavoursome, this uncomplicated, bright and punchy young Riesling has a faintly mineral, chalky and citrusy bouquet plus a finely textured palate whose tangy flavours of lemon and lime extend towards a refreshing and faintly savoury finish.
2017-2020+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
90
Nick Stock (2012 Vintage) says
A quiet achiever in the Wynns portfolio. This has lovely freshness and finesse, fine lime fruits, apples and a floral lime blossom note too. The palate s svelte and composed, and really fine lime and green apple fruit flavour runs long, straight and even.
Good Wine Guide 2013
92
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
More restrained and delicate than it's ever been, perfumed with lemon blossom, flavoured with lemon juice and structured with chalky minerality. Buy a case for spring and another for 2016.
Wine100, September Edition 2011
92
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
An open, alluring bouquet of fresh white peach, apple and pear is lifted by a scent of fresh white flowers. Long and juicy, with a pure, delicate presence of apple and pear-like fruit underpinned by a very fine chalkiness, its lingering fruit and a faint sweetness are tightly focused around a wrap of limey acids.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
90
Angus Hughson (2010 Vintage) says
Restrained style defined by minerality of fruit. Dry, firm and unevolved. Crisp, fresh, good length
90
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
93
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Crystal-clear, with an exuberant, vibrant presence of lime juice, white peach, apple and lemony flavour, it's lifted by a fresh, floral perfume. Generous and juicy, its fresh, zesty palate is underpinned by a chalky texture of dusty phenolics, finishing with lemon pith-like mouthfeel and a puckering cut of fresh acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; a typical flowery bouquet, with citrus and apple blossom, the palate picking up precisely where the bouquet leaves off; easy to overwork when young, this will come into full flower over the next five years.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Delicate floral blossom in apple/citrus spectrum are repeated on the palate, which is fine and crisp; firm finish underwrites cellaring potential
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright pale straw; flowery apple blossom aromas; a delicate, elegant palate, still evolving, and needs more time to reveal all within
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Fine, fresh and crisp; intense lime zest, apple and mineral; great length, and a great future. Top gold, National Wine Show '07.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A year ago I wrote 'simply needing time to flower and garner higher points' (then 89 points). Over the ensuing year it has done precisely that; while still very fresh and delicate, it has that unique Coonawarra apple blossom and flavour profile, with a lo
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Clean apple, lime and passionfruit; light but focused; nice minerally acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A pleasingly fresh, punchy and shapely riesling whose delicate flowery perfume of lime juice, lemon and apple is backed by musky, spicy under tones. Round and generous, it's long and crunchy, with rangy fruit underpinned by chalky phenolics and punctuated by refreshing acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
90
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Delicate aromas of pear, apple and distinctive muscat-like spiciness precede a tangy, juicy palate whose generous and refreshing expression of oily lime/apple fruit finishes crisp and crunchy.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
90
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; a crisp, light flowery bouquet with notes of herb and lime, then a palate which moves more into the tropical end of the spectrum, opening up on the well-balanced back palate and finish. Has that extra degree of flowery delicacy particular to Coonawarra. Gold medal and trophy 2001 Limestone Coast Wine Show.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
94
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
A gold medal winner at September's Royal Adelaide Wine Show. Both bouquet and palate are tight, with herb/lime fruit. The crisp, dry, classical restraint is the hallmark of a wine certain to age very well
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
91

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