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  • Country ranking ?

    87
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Roast lamb served medium-rare

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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 Wynns. John Riddoch himself was a true visionary. Amongst his many achievements are the building of the Wynns Gabled winery and the establishment of the Coonawarra Fruit Colony 

John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon is made in small quantities from the best available fruit grown on the estate's extensive Cabernet Sauvignon plantings in the heart of the terra rossa soil It has become a definitive Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, made only in years when grapes of extraordinarily high quality are available, using less than one percent of the top-quality Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

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Wine Information

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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Information

Origin

Coonawarra, South Australia

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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