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Andrew Caillard MW 100 points
"Lovely pure blackcurrant elderberry herb garden aromas with hints of espresso/ roasted chestnut notes. Beautiful concentrated wine with blackcurrant elderberry chinotto herb flavours, fine-grained and plentiful yet vigorous tannins, superb mid palate richness and integrated roasted chestnut/ cedar oak notes. Finishes chalky firm with a long inky/ graphite plume. Made for the long haul. Powerfully expressive yet unforced wine with superb vinosity, richness, density and volume. Superb."
Huon Hooke 97 points
"Very deep, youthful, bright purple/red colour, saturated and dense, while the bouquet is deep and latent, ripe and dark-berried, with a lacing of walnutty oak. It's very full-bodied and firm, with abundant tannin and grip. A very big, powerful, yet elegant and well-proportioned cabernet with a big future. The tannins are very firm and very abundant - but they're good tannins and the wine will be long-lived. I'd cellar it for at least five and preferably 10 years."
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.
Vintage Conditions 2016: A very warm and dry spring led to early flowering, veraison and harvest. The warm November temperatures were ideal for good berry set, necessitating extensive green harvest (thinning) for quality. The grape ripening months of February and March were influenced by a cold water “upwelling” off the coast, but overall, it was a warmer - than - average Coonawarra vintage. We describe our 2016 wines as being at the “fuller” end of our long-term Wynns Coonawarra flavour and style spectrum.
Residual Sugar: 0.4g/L
Peak Duration: Enjoy on release, or cellar carefully for 10+ years. As a reference the inaugural release, the 1982, is still drinking beautifully
Maturation: 16 months in new (31%) and seasoned French oak hogheads (65%) and barriques (35%).
Winemakers comments: Intense red/black with great depth and brightness. Pure, focused and refined nose. Beautifully balanced acidity and freshness ensure that this wine will live gracefully for 30 years. Plush and juicy palate shows ripe cassis flavours combine with a mocha like creaminess from French oak. Beautifully textured. A fine tannin line frames powerful fruit, providing all the hallmarks of a great John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon for the cellar. (Winemakers: Sue Hodder & Sarah Pidgeon)
Perfect Pairing: 36 Degree South beef from Limestone Coast, because tannins of the John Riddoch are a great match for the finely textured yet flavoursome beef. A steak cooked simply will be a high-quality paring that speaks to premium ingredients from prime agricultural land.
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