A dark purple-magenta colour with a bright ruby hue. Dark and intense black fruit aromas with a hint of classic Majella mint. Powerful mouth-filling flavours of varietal fruit on a long classy palate with well-defined tannins.
The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit destined to become the GPL68 starts fermentation in a red stainless steel fermenter and finishes ferment in new French oak hogsheads. The wine is then aged for another 18 months in the same barrels before being individually assessed by Bruce Gregory and his team. Only up to eight barrels are selected to become GPL68 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Made to commemorate 25 years of winemaking (first vines planted '68; first wines under own name '71). It's matured in French oak for 20 months. 200 dozen produced. GPL refers to George Patrick Lynn, patriarch of the Lynn family, who passed away (at 50) in '76. It's a hulking cabernet, as tannic as it is intense, with blackcurrant and boysenberry flavours charging into dusty, tobacco-strewn tannin. Creamy oak plays a clear role, as do eucalypt flavours, but this wine's power, glory and ageworthiness cannot be disputed.
96 points, Wine Companion (July 2017)
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.