This is a rare full-bodied wine with finesse. The coupling comes about courtesy of the way the oak is integrated and the tannins honed, though not by any apology from the blackberry and black cherry fruit. 96 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion.
Michael is the top-of-the-tree Shiraz release from Wynns Coonawarra Estate. It’s such a soft wine. So slurpy. It flows with redcurrant, red cherry and plum – it’s all red fruits here – and while there are spice, clove, choc and smoky oak inputs, it’s that creamy, effortless river of flavour on which all enjoyment pivots. The balance is excellent, the tannin finely meshed, the finish slightly tart but still tidy and persistent. It doesn’t try to be a ‘wow’ wine, but it tries to run awfully close to it. I’d reckon it succeeds in all its aims. I also think it will mature for quite a deal of time. Indeed I’d be surprised if this doesn’t rate higher... 93+ points, Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au
CoonawarraThe first vines were planted in Coonawarra by John Riddoch in 1890, however it was not until the renewed interest in table wine production in the 1950's that Coonawarra was brought into the limelight. Located almost 380 km southeast of Adelaide, Coonawarra is today one of the most famous red wine regions in Australia. Its weathered limestone terra rossa soils, avaibility of water and relatively cool maritime climate make it a unique viticultural region. Extremely flat and unprotected, Coonawarra is exposed both to the swinging influences of the cool Great Southern Ocean and hot, dry northerly winds. Spring frosts also pose a major threat with the potential to wipe out entire crops. Mechanical harvesting is widely employed in the region although smaller producers prefer to tend their vines by hand. Coonawarra is best known for classically-styled Cabernet Sauvignon, although in good years, Shiraz from the region is also very compelling.