What will you be drinking this winter? If your answer is reds with oomph, this Coonawarra dozen is your one-stop shop. Four Cabernets (two Langton’s Classified), three bottles of each, and every one a benchmark expression of Coonawarra to sink your teeth into. Plus, enjoy free shipping.
In this case, you’ll find three bottles each of the following:
Wynns Coonawarra Estate Caberrnet Sauvignon 2015
Majella Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Leconfield Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
"Leconfield cabernet is in good form right now. This release is beautiful fruited, luxuriously oaked and held in firm hands of tannin. Acidity is prominent but it’s otherwise svelte and swish at every turn. Ripe blackcurrant, fresh bay leaves, cedarwood and dusty herbs. It’s immaculate."
93 Points, The Wine Front
"Powerful, rich, concentrated, complex and - as is the wont of cabernet sauvignon - may bite you with tannins or some other painful lesson. Well, that doesn't apply here, because the wine has too much in its favour as it rolls out endless velvety carpets for your teeth to rest on."
96 Points, Wine Companion
"Deep, dense red/purple colour. The bouquet is fresh and youthful, bold and fruit-driven, with a certain primal rawness. The blackcurrant cabernet varietal flavour is very intense and almost shrill. It's violet-like and floral, faintly minty in an appealing way. It needs time and will keep long-term."
92 Points, The Real Review
"Bright purple and youthful. Blueberry pie, mulberries and a faint whiff of cedary oak. Ethereal glide on the palate. Red fruits mixing with blue - lovely oak. It's balanced and refined. Delicious."
94 Points, The Real Review
"A firm and silky red with plum, powdered chocolate and spice aromas and flavors. Medium body. Flavorful finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap."
93 Points, JamesSuckling.com
"Selected from the upper branches of Wynn's Coonawarra Estate's immense tree of cabernet, benefiting from all the investment made in reviving and/or replanting parts of lesser-performing plots. This is a top class Black Label, fully deserving this price. It is plush and pliant, varietal character oozing from its blackcurrant fruit, balanced tannins and oak."
96 Points, Wine Companion
"The third release of a “Messenger” cabernet from Wynns Coonawarra Estate. Previous releases were 2005 and 2010. All the fruit here is dry grown.
It doesn’t scream its variety. Indeed it’s more plums than blackcurrants, though it does too boast the latter, and while there are bay leaf, mint and dust notes they are background singers at most. It seems straight-laced, serious and somewhat simple at first but given time to breathe it becomes more expansive. Structurally it is 100% impeccable; it will live and develop well for yonks. Subtle violets, subtle cream and/or vanilla. Tips of redcurrant. It’s a goodun’. Especially if you’re patient."
95 Points, The 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.