Wynns John Riddoch a single varietal ultra-Cabernet, is sourced from older vineyard blocks planted on their own roots in the 1960s and 1970s. The wine honours John Riddoch famed pastoralist and founder of the Coonawarra Fruit Colony. First produced in 1982, a vineyard restoration programme and remarkable evolution of winemaking philosophy have over the years enhanced the reputation of this famous Coonawarra wine.
Made from only the top one percent of Wynns Cabernet grapes, fermentation is typically kicked off immediately after crushing for about five to eight days after which it is pressed off at dryness. Maturation takes place in mainly new and one year old French oak hogsheads and barriques for between 15 and 26 months depending on vintage conditions. A great vintage is typically deep in colour with intense liquorice/ blackcurrant/ herb garden aromas, leading into a well concentrated palate with blackcurrant/mocha flavours, chocolaty rich tannins and underlying new oak.
Aromas of blackcurrant and red fruits, aniseed, gravel, black olive and cedar oak. Fine and fragrant. On the palate medium to full bodied with blackcurrant, redcurrant, tobacco and cedar oak flavour. Very tight with super clarity and definition. It has strong gravelly but very fine tannins and brisk fresh acidity. Super long red fruit and black olive finish. The quality and pedigree (along with the screwcap closure) almost guaranteeing that this will become one of the Coonawarra greats. Drink 2018-2030+ 96 points, WineFront (July 2007).
Richness in terms of the multi-layered texture is the first impression, then complexity in the multifaceted nuances of different levels of ripeness (none extreme) in the Cabernet Sauvignon; harmony in length and sheer class on the finish. 96 points, Wine Companion.
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.