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Wynnsday 2016 Collection celebrates two contrasting vintages

The 2016 Wynnsday collection features six wines that proudly showcase the Wynns ‘house-style’ from two contrasting vintages.

The 2016 Wynnsday collection includes:

 

  • Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 RRP $44.99
  • V&A Lane Shiraz 2014 RRP $59.99
  • V&A Lane Cabernet Shiraz 2014 RRP $59.99
  • Harold Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 RRP $79.99
  • Michael Shiraz 2013 $149.99 RRP
  • John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 $149.99 RRP

Wynns winemaker Sue Hodder says the 2016 collection perfectly depicts the Wynns style, the vintage conditions and the character of great terra rossa.

“In 2013 we chose several of our older, and beloved , classic terra rossa soil vineyards for our John Riddoch, Michael and Single Vineyard wines. It is pleasing to acknowledge these special parcels from a great year. Good ripening conditions after a wet winter, resulted in wines with fine but abundant tannins.

 

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Wynns winemakers Sarah Pidgeon, Sue Hodder, Allen Jenkins

 

“In contrast, the very wet winter and slightly above average summer temperatures of 2014 combined with very low yields. The 2014 Black Label Shiraz and Cabernet and also the two V and A Lane Wines are by comparison, more linear and medium bodied” she adds.

Wynns viticulturist Allen Jenkins reflects on the two contrasting vintages that make up the 2016 Wynnsday collection.

“Vintage 2014 was ‘classic’ Coonawarra, with lower yields and good quality arising from the long cool ripening post veraison; the resulting wines are finely structured and medium bodied. Our 2013 vintage saw even and long ripening, with low rainfall and moderate yields delivering full fruit flavours and balanced acidity” he says.

 

 

 

 

2014 INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE - TROPHY RESULTS

Wynns Coonawarra Estate has been awarded two Trophies at last night's prestigious International Wine Challenge in London.Wynns Black Label Shiraz 2010 received the Coonawarra Shiraz Trophy whilst Wynns Coonawarra Estate Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 was awarded the Australian Cabernet Trophy and South Australian Cabernet Trophy.

The International Wine Challenge (IWC) is recognised as the world's finest, most meticulously judged and most influential wine competition in the world.

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History

Wynns Coonawarra Estate is the Coonawarra region’s pre-eminent wine producer, with the largest holding of the region’s best and longest established vineyard sites.

The first vineyards were planted in 1891, by Scottish pioneer John Riddoch as he recognised the potential of a small strip of fertile red soil, the terra rossa, in the far south east of South Australia. What is now Wynns Coonawarra Estate’s famous triple-gable winery was built in 1896. In 1951 Melbourne wine merchant Samuel Wynn purchased the winery and vineyards, convinced of the region’s potential to produce top-quality wines. Samuel’s son David was the driving force behind the purchase and gradually assumed control of the operation, releasing the first wine under the Wynns Coonawarra Estate banner in 1952.

Today the wines are regarded as benchmarks for the district, lauded for their consistent quality and depth of flavour. Under Sue Hodder, who has been Senior Winemaker since 1998, Wynns Coonawarra Estate produces an annual collection of wines. In vintages when the grapes are deemed exceptional, two flagship reds are also made: the John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon and the Michael Shiraz.

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Vineyards

Coonawarra - which is an Aboriginal word meaning 'honeysuckle' - is an isolated region 450 kilometresaway from Melbourne and 380 kilometers from Adelaide.
Coonawarra is renowned for its unique geological and climatic features - ideal for growing vines bearing the highest quality grapes.
 

TERRA ROSSA Coonawarra's fame comes mostly from a freakish natural phenomenon called the terra rossa. Meaning literally 'red earth', the terra rossa is a low, cigar-shaped ridge of soil some 15 kilometres long and up to 1kilometre wide.

Terra rossa topsoil is rich and free draining but thin - from just 5 centimetres to 100 centimetres deep. It is one of the best soils for growing vines in Australia; ideal for creating small, well coloured berries that develop in optimal sunlight. The end result is a yield of intensely flavoured grapes that are perfectly suited for making premium wine.

CLIMATE

Like all great wine regions of the world, Coonawarra'sclimate is cool and marginal. It is South Australia's southernmost wine region, positioned just 80kilometres from the chilly southern ocean and cold Antarctic winds.
The vines are assured a long, cool ripening period that builds up the intensity of flavours slowly in the grape and ensures a balanced acidity. The resulting wines will always be among Australia's finest for their richness, intensity, flavour and longevity.

 

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Winemaking

SUE HODDER / SENIOR WINEMAKER

“I’m proud of the responsibility I have for maintaining the quality of a range that represents Coonawarra as a region as much as they represent Wynns Coonawarra Estate … It relates to being a custodian of a great winemaking tradition.”

Sue Hodder is one of Australia’s best-known winemakers and this year celebrates her 23rd vintage withWynns – making wine

from wonderful, expressive fruit grown in the heart of the terra rossa.

Sue commenced her career as a viticulturist. Sue believes her early viticultural training – assessing vines, analysing mature fruit and tasting the finished wine – gave her an invaluable insight into the importance

of the vineyard in quality winemaking. Sue brings valuable experience with vintages in other noted wine regions around the world and has judged extensively in Regional, National and International wine shows.

 

ALLEN JENKINS 
VITICULTURIST

"It is incredibly rewarding to lead Wynnstalented viticultural team. We have a profound respect for our heritage, each other, and the precious environment that isCoonawarra. There is an intense focus on the needs of the vine, on implementing new and courageous viticultural techniques, and onunravelling the endlessly complex web of interactions involved in growing the perfect grape."

Allen’s obsession with viticulture began thirty years ago, when he combined qualifications in agriculture and education to teach viticulturalcomponents of the winemaking and

marketing courses at RoseworthyCollege. In recognition of Allen Jenkins' contribution to viticulture atWynns he was announced as joint recipient of the

Gourmet Traveller WINE’s Winemaker of the Year with Wynns Winemaker Sue Hodder in 2010.

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18 different wines with 73 vintages

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  • SARAH PIDGEON

    Winemaker
    "Working with exemplary and historic vineyards is just the start of the rewards forWynns winemakers. Our inspiring and challenging team is constantly thinking of the next step to take for this iconic Australian winery."

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  6 wines  from  Wynns Coonawarra Estate . In a tasting of  6 wines 

2018 Wynns Coonawarra Estate V&A Lane Cabernet Shiraz / Medium deep crimson. Intense violet, camomile, India ink chinotto dark berry praline aromas. Generous supple and inky textured wine with blackcurrant, blackberry, mulberry fruits, chinotto herb garden notes, integrated mocha, espresso oak and fine velveteen-like tannins. Finishes minerally/ al dente firm with persistent pure fruits. Animated style with plentiful pure dark berry fruits and linear freshness. The cabernet and shiraz are neatly aligned bringing an extra level of complexity, richness of flavour and buoyancy of fruit.  13.3% - Now – 2034 97 points

22d 11h ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Wynns Coonawarra Estate . In a tasting of  5 wines 

A number of wines from Australia now also offered via the négoce de Bordeaux. Some of these actual releases have been tasted today.

1m 8d ago

 Julia Harding MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  2 wines  from  Wynns Coonawarra Estate . In a tasting of  25 wines 

Henschke Hill of Grace 2004 / 100% Shiraz grapes from pre-phylloxera material brought from Europe by the early settlers in the mid-1800s and grown in the Eden Valley wine region. Matured in 100% new French (50%) and American (50%) hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
Slightly greyish but deep garnet. Intensely sweet dark cassis fruit plus some cedary leafy notes. Rich and smooth and really plush, generous and silky but also very moreish and juicy. pH 3.6, TA 5.7 g/l,

11m 15d ago

 Julia Harding MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Wynns Coonawarra Estate . In a tasting of  20 wines 

Penfolds Grange 1990 / 95% Shiraz, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.Smoky coffee and cassis and a little herbal and just a touch leathery. Much more evolved than the 1991. Fine grained and more elegant tannins than the 1986. Fine grip and freshness, dry but not drying. Long and rich and satisfying. (JH)

1y 19d ago

 Jamie Goode, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Wynns Coonawarra Estate . In a tasting of  21 wines 

Seppeltsfield Para Tawny 1884 Barossa, Australia. Seppeltsfield have an unbroken line of tawny ports in bottle from 1878-2012. Amazingly intense nose of treacle, spice, raisin, balsamic vinegar. Viscous and amazingly concentrated. Powerful, spicy flavours with treacle, molasses, raisins and stunning acidity. Some crème brulee too.  A remarkable experience. 98/100

1y 1m ago

 Guido Walter, Wine Importer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Wynns Coonawarra Estate . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Philipponnat Clos de Goisses 1998 / 94 points / Its grape-varieties are predominantly Pinot Noir, with the rest planted exclusively in Chardonnay. Always a vintaged wine, it is vinified according to the tradition upheld by generations of cellar masters and aged for almost ten years in the Philipponnat cellars which are excavated out of chalk. A powerful robust wine with a pronounced taste and lengthy finish.

1y 9m ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Wynns Coonawarra Estate . In a tasting of  52 wines 

Penfolds Grange 2006 / 100 points / This is classic, inimitable, perfect Grange. With its deep saturated colour, intensely fresh dark berry/ mocha/ paneforte/ roasted chestnut aromas, rich velvety palimpsest of flavours and wonderful vinosity, it evokes Max Schubert's "buoyant and ethereal" vision splendid. This is not just any wine. This is great lasting legend-making Grange; a beautifully aromatic and voluminous wine with superb fruit complexity, balance of weight, substance and texture. Seductive, elemental and expressive, it will further develop and improve beautifully over the forthcoming decades. This is a forty or fifty year wine at least. 100 points, Andrew Caillard MW

1y 9m ago

 Jeremy Oliver, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Wynns Coonawarra Estate . In a tasting of  8 wines 

Rochford Premier Chardonnay 2017 / 98 points / Extraordinary chardonnay that deftly combines layers of emphatic, translucent fruit with measured winemaking input. Pristine, waxy aromas of grapefruit, white peach, white and yellow flowers and tight-knit vanilla oak overlie notes of ginger, coriander and smoked meats. Its vivacious, assertive core of fruit extends long and deep down a fine, chalky spine, all the while cloaked in creamy, nougat-like complexity and wrapped in an energetic, brittle acidity. A hint of honeysuckle emerges as it finishes. One of the finest Australian chardonnays made to this time. 
 19.5               98                  2025-2029+

1y 11m ago

 Matteo Cali, Sommelier (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Wynns Coonawarra Estate . In a tasting of  6 wines 

2015 Ten minutes by Tractor Coolart Road Pinot Noir Mornington Peninsula. On the appearance it looks pale ruby with a hint of garnet on the edges. On the nose it is very fragrant and pronounced. It shows a primary fruit character focus on red fruits such as ripe Cranberry and ripe strawberry cherry and red currants secondary aromas of
Cinnamon cloves and nutmeg. Some tertiary aromas started to emerge : games, tobacco, savory notes, dried prune. On the palate it is dry and has high acidity with low tannins,  thought hey are very ripe,  the wine has an high level of alcohol and is a medium in body.
The finish is long on the palate,complexity and structure of the wine make this Pinot Noir outstanding.Tasted in 2018 8/10

2y 4m ago

 Tim Pearson, Wine Dealer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Wynns Coonawarra Estate . In a tasting of  59 wines 

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Astralis is still quite primary eliciting aromas of black plums, blueberry compote and blackcurrant liqueur with a savory and baking spice undercurrent plus a fragrant whiff of violets. Very structured, fine and complex in the medium to full-bodied mouth, this wine is revealing much more than when I first tasted it a year ago and is now showing layer upon layer of black fruit preserves, mocha, toast and spices before finishing with great length.

2y 5m ago

 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  2 wines  from  Wynns Coonawarra Estate . In a tasting of  33 wines 

De Bortoli ‘Riorret’ ‘Lusatia Park’ Pinot Noir 2016 / This exciting Yarra Valley vineyard does Pinot Noir as well as it does Chardonnay, perhaps even more so. This is a cracker. Plums, earth, slightly sappy notes with some animal skin complexity. Licorice and dark fruits. Satiny tannins and excellent length. This is no simple Pinot; this is seriously good. Should age well for a decade or more. 


Score: 95/100

3y 1m ago

 Thomas Girgensohn, Wine Blogger (Australia)  tasted  4 wines  from  Wynns Coonawarra Estate . In a tasting of  13 wines 

Wynns John Riddoch Magnum 1996 / There is still a lot of the dense blackcurrant fruit in this 1996 Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a pity that Magnums are priced at a premium in this country, and as a result are not overly popular. The cork on this wine was in great condition and the wine at very high shoulder. Well stored, Magnums mature at a slower pace, and primary fruit can still be present at close to 20 years, while secondary characters are well developed.


This wine is dominated by its firm, dusty and dry tannins. The structure of this wine is still excellent, but it needs red meat to go with it. The tannins are actually very similar to an aged Barolo, and so is the colour of this wine. The mouthfeel is reasonable, but falls off at the finish a little bit.


This is a classic Coonawarra wine, holding up well, and still showing the terra rossa infused vibrant fruit.


Score: 93/+++

3y 7m ago

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