LANGTON'S Coonawarra Cabernet Essentials Dozen
The appeal of Coonawarra Cabernet never seems to cease. During a tasting of our Parker portfolio this week, our brokers were all in agreement about the Terra Rossa and its reliability, longevity and class.
These themes run through this case. All four of the producers make a classic regional style that, vintage-after-vintage, consistently deliver premium, age-worthy Cabernet from the covent terra rossa soils of Coonawarra.
In this case you’ll find three bottles each of the following
Wynns Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
"A Lovely Wine, Fine And Elegant, Medium To Full-bodied And Stylish.
96 Points, Huon Hooke
Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
"There's A Tiny Amount Of Strut To This Wine. It's A Good Thing… While It's Generally Elegant It Powers Confidently Through The Finish."
95 Points, Campbell Mattinson
Leconfield Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
"2016 Is Again An Outstanding Year In Coonawarra Across All Varieties."
Parker Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
"Coonawarra Cabernet From A Vintage As Good As '16 Is An Opportunity Not To Miss At This Price"
"Deep red colour with a good tint of purple. The bouquet is clean and bright with cassis-like cabernet fruit, the intense, bright flavours neatly framed within a structure of fine, firm tannins. A lovely wine, fine and elegant, medium to full-bodied and stylish."
96 points, Huon Hooke 4/9/2017
"Anticipated, awaited, people jones for the Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon. Even tempered, reliable, structured, cellar-worthy. All that and more. No doubt that the reign of Sue Hodder at the helm of Wynn’s has been pivotal, phenomenal, legacy-making. Brilliant to see.
Superb release. Unruffled pedigree here. Understated cabernet that thumbs its nose at the universe saying ‘Coonawarra has a righteous place amongst the stars’. It’s a purring flow of knitted tannins woven firm over succulent, dark berried, fine garrigue, graphite-edged fruit character. Tight, just medium weighted, exceptionally long, controlled and ultra fine in its finish. It’s not for now so much as a generation from now, but there’s a greedy pleasure in early approach and admiring what’s in your glass. Excellent wine."
95 points, Mike Bennie The Wine Front
"From two vineyards, fermented in stainless steel, 10-15 days on skins, matured in French oak for 12 months. Coonawarra cabernet from a vintage as good as '16 is an opportunity not to miss at this price (possibly less if you shop around). It is flush with cassis fruit, and there are tannins to give support to that fruit, oak incidental."
91 points, James Halliday
"2016 is again an outstanding year in Coonawarra across all varieties."
Notes from the winery
"There's a tiny amount of strut to this wine. It's a good thing. It tastes of blackcurrant, ground coffee, mint and fresh herbs, and while it's generally elegant it powers confidently through the finish."
95 points, Campbell Mattinson, 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.