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:
"Deep crimson. Intense dark cherry, blackcurrant pastille, praline aromas. Plush generous and chocolaty with saturated dark cherry, blackcurrant fruits, fine velvety tannins, superb integrated roasted chestnut oak complexity and superb mineral length. Finishes al-dente firm with a lovely classic tannin plume. A gorgeously seductive yet refined wine with the structure and density for medium to long-term ageing."
99 points, Andrew Caillard MW
Deep, bright red/purple colour, with a gloriously fresh, brilliant blackberry and cedar bouquet, young and vibrant and loaded with charm. The palate is intense and well concentrated but also very finely-structured and soft in its tannins. A superb Cabernet which is still very young and primary and needs time to realise its full potential. It should be magnificent when mature. Drink to 2023.
97 points, Huon Hooke (5/2018).
Strong release from arguably ‘the’ stalwart, premier Cabernet of Coonawarra. It’s set to 13.4% alcohol, restraint, finesse from 2015. I remember when I remembered that these wines were bold, big, power and presence orientated, or maybe that was projected. This has the clout of Coonawarra packed into a svelte frame. It’s gorgeous... Succulent, just medium bodied red of impossible glide, finely-wrought tannins, impressive length and a general sense of that inimitable ‘detail’ that great wines have. There’s salt bush and bramble-greenery scents woven through dark berries, cassis, subtle malt-chocolate oak notes and a whiff of pretty eucalyptus. The wine sits with stoic shape and authority in the palate, a tight sluice of dark fruit sheen with more of the salt bush, green herb and light cedar character. Seamless. Regal. Beautiful. Will live long. Kudos. Drink 2020-2040+
96+ points, Wine Front (8/2018).
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.