Deep crimson. Impressive and beautifully made wine with intense ripe blackberry, cassis aromas, herb garden notes and vanilla oak nuances. Generous and inky with fresh blackberry, elderberry fruits, fine dense plentiful tannins and superb integrated grilled nut/ new oak complexity. Finishes long and minerally with aniseed notes. A lovely rendition of the traditional Coonawarra Claret style, even though it's Shiraz! Bloody good; arguably the best ever. Rare 1890s and 1920s planted vines form 'the backbone' of this wine.
97 points, Langton's
Now also known as Old Vines Shiraz. The back label mentions that Shiraz vines were planted at Wynns in the 1890s and 1920s but it doesn’t mention whether the vines planted back then have anything to do with this wine, if you know what I mean. So what Old Vines means here remains a mystery. Best guess is that it was grown on vines planted in the 1990s (rather than the 1890s) and that it includes some fruit from the (much) older plantings... In any case the wine is good. Indeed it’s the best so-far release of a Wynns Black Label Shiraz, from the current era. It’s firm, well flavoured, well ripened and yet not too sweet. Cherry liqueur and raspberry, sure, but ripped with dry spice and clove-like aspects. Floral too I’d reckon. It’s fruity, savoury and pretty at once, and while there's a smoky, creamy, musky component it’s well tucked into the fruit; oak here has been smartly managed. The winemaking team has done well. As a young wine you wouldn’t necessarily fuss but for the cellar; it should be the goods.
93+ 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.