2023/08 – Wine of the Month

(2023) This Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon is the icon of the Wynns range, even listed on 'La Place' alongside all the poshest Bordeaux, where it will be released in September 2023 before distributors and retailers will then buy it, and bring it to market. Made from a stringent selection of fruit, and only in the best years, this spent 17 months in French oak. Only 23% of that was new oak. The nose is particularly perfumed, not just with touches of violet and raspberry, but there's herbal notes too, like bay and curry leaf, a sense of umami depth. A little bit of eucalyptus comes through. In the mouth it is broad and tannic at this stage. Firm, dry fruit and oak tannins coat the mouth, but don't completely overpower the inherent ripeness of black fruit. Acidity too has a plum skin grippiness, notes of tapenade and liquorice adding weight and darkness to the picture. Very long, very concentrated and very young there is complexity already, but this will cellar - Wynns say for 30 years.

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