Good depth of colour with vibrant purple hues. Layered and complex aromatics see cedary oak, dark fruited Cabernet aromas and brambly notes creating varietal distinction.The palate shows great depth & width of flavour, with ripe, silky tannins. Classic Cabernet cassis sits along side smoky, spicy oak and more complex notes of violets, tobacco and dark chocolate. This wine is at once concentrated and elegant with fine structure and wonderful length. It seamlessly combines the signature purity of Coonawarra Cabernet fruit with balanced, lingering spice and savoury complexity.
First made in 1982, the John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon was conceived as a flagship wine for the Wynns portfolio. The wine honours pasturalistand parliamentarian John Riddoch, who was the largest land-owner in South Australia’s south-east corner. With his brother George, the two owned the freehold to more than 70,000 acres.
John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon is made in small quantities from the best available fruit grown on the estate’s extensive Cabernet plantings. It has become the definitive Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, and is arguably richer and more concentrated than any other wine in the region.
Made only in years when grapes of extraordinarily high quality are available; less than one per cent of the top Cabernet grapes are used to make it.
2010 is an outstanding vintage and this John Riddoch will become an important touchstone for this classic Coonawarra season.
Harvest Date Feb - March 2010 pH 3.4
Residual Sugar 0.6g/L Bottling Date Dec 2011
Peak Drinking Depending on personal taste, this wine will reward careful cellaring for 10-15 years.