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.
See Chief Winemaker Sue Hodder speak about the spectacular 2015 release:
Dense and bright, with a purple hue. Concentrated, intricate aromatics of opulent black fruits, fine cedary French oak and complex aromatics, merging with notes of olive and cassis. Majestic palate, filled with defined and concentrated flavours of cassis and olive, underpinned by delicate perfumed spice, cedar and tobacco notes. Firm, chalky tannin and bright vibrant acidity enhance the structure and texture. Elegant French oak creates a harmonious wine with a lasting, savoury spice finish. (Wynns Coonawarra Estate)
The depth of its purple-crimson hue telegraphs an ultra-powerful wine of impeccable breed and balance... A great John Riddoch...
97 points, Wine Companion
Deep red with a good touch of purple: an excellent colour. There are ripe blackberry fruit aromas, clean and intense, with a touch of violets. The wine is concentrated and deep in the mouth, with muscle and grip, all in acceptable balance. The wine is firm and slightly sinewy in tannin, tight and elegant, the grip and flavour continuing long after the wine has left the mouth. It's not a very big wine, but concentrated. It demands patience, as the tannins are dominant and the flavours are yet to fully emerge. It has a big cellaring future. A superb wine -- but not ready yet. Cellar it!
97 points, Real Review
Deep red colour with a strong tinge of purple; the bouquet showcasing black fruit aromas with a tinge of spice and no sign of leafiness. The wine is medium to full-bodied with soft, fine, grainy tannins and supreme elegance. It has subtle power and drive, great intensity and peristence, which resonates on the tongue long after the wine has gone. An outstanding John Riddoch.
97 points, Real Review
The legend is that this wine represents around 1% of all the available Cabernet Sauvignon from Wynns’ Coonawarra Estate sources. It spends just under two years in new French oak barrels… Structure, tannins, architecture, length. It’s all there. A wine that requires chewing and chomping on, gets all mouthwatering, delights with its angles and firmness yet shows a come-hither perfume of dark fruit, crushed walnuts, clove, bayleaf, gum leaf and earthiness. Flavours tend to the dark fruits too, though there’s aniseed and clove in oak profile laying down complexity. It’s trim, taut and reserved. It’s a fine, fine, release that has the mettle for a generation in cellar.
96+ points, Wine Front
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.