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  • Country ranking ?

    97
  • Producer ranking ?

    1
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Roast lamb served medium-rare

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. 

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The Story

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.

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Vintage 2010

2010 is an outstanding vintage and this John Riddoch will become an important touchstone for this classic Coonawarra season.

Technical Analysis

Harvest Date Feb - March 2010 pH 3.4
Acidity 6.9g/L
Alcohol 13.5%

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. 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Deep, Ruby red and Dark

ending

Long, Extensive and Flavorful

nose

Intense, Fresh and Generous

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Balanced, Well-Integrated, Multi-dimensional, Full-bodied, Vigor, Fresh, Perfumed, Medium-Sweet and Silky tannins

Verdict

Impressive

Written Notes

Opaque centre, bright crimson rim. This is young, with immediately impressive concentration. Blackcurrant notes. Cigar box, tobacco leaf, spices. Lot of fruit here, but it retains elegance. High quality oak is immaculately integrated. A really lovely nose and equally attractive palate. Abundant tannins, seamless palate with great persistence. It is quite firm on the finish. Lot of intensity. Finely balanced. This is very promising. A classic Coonawarra Cabernet. At the time, I didn't realise it had not been released but all subsequent encounters with it have been consistently impressive. As it should be, as this wine is, for many, the wine that epitomises Coonawarra.
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Origin

Coonawarra, South Australia

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2010  ( Wynns Coonawarra Estate )

"Opaque centre, bright crimson rim.
This is young, with immediately impressive concentration. Blackcurrant notes. Cigar box, tobacco leaf, spices. Lot of fruit here, but it retains elegance. High quality oak is immaculately integrated. A really lovely nose and equally attractive palate.
Abundant tannins, seamless palate with great persistence. It is quite firm on the finish. Lot of intensity. Finely balanced. This is very promising. A classic Coonawarra Cabernet.
At the time, I didn't realise it had not been released but all subsequent encounters with it have been consistently impressive. As it should be, as this wine is, for many, the wine that epitomises Coonawarra. "

4y 1m ago

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2010  ( Wynns Coonawarra Estate )

"One of Coonawarra's most famous wines. A dark dark red. A classic Coonawarra Cabernet from a top year.
It offers blackberry, mint, spice, a hint of chocolate, dry herbs and tobacco leaf. The structure walks the very fine line between richness and concentration and a delicate elegance. It is beautifully balanced, all backed by the finest of tannins. A classic and superb Coonawarra Cabernet. This has a very long future and will benefit from a decade or more in the cellar.
Wonderful stuff. "

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