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Wynn's Coonawarra Estate

www.wynns.com.au

Memorial Drive, Coonawarra, 5263

Cellar Door: Daily (10 - 5)

Ph: (08) 8736 2222

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The iconic triple fronted cellars (photo:genxywines)

The now Fosters owned Wynns have a large portfolio with some of the region's best wines at the top end.

The cellar and original vineyards here date back to the 1890s era of John Riddoch and the Coonawarra Fruit Colony. A woodcutting of the triple-fronted cellars is seen on Wynn's label.

In the first part of the 20th century the vines were seen as only fit for making brandy (for Chateau Tanunda). However, inspired by the success of legendary Coonawara wine-maker Bill Redman, Woodley Wines bought the property in 1946, restored the cellars and renamed it Chateau Comaum.

After struggling with attacks of downey mildew Woodley decided to sell the place in 1951 to grazing interests - basically to rip up the vines and use the cellars as a woolshed. Fortunately Melbourne wine merchant, Samuel Wynn (a fan of Bill Redmans wines since the 1930s) was appalled at this and bought Chateau Comaum (with his son, David Wynn).

Samuel Wynn, was originally called Shlomo Weintrub, a Russian-Polish Jew who fled military service in 1913 and settled in Adelaide with his young wife. He changed his name to Samuel Wynn and became involved in winemaking and also developed the Boronia Vermouth brand.

In the 1950s the Wynns began marketing their Adelaide foothills wines in half gallon flagons to promote everyday wine drinking, and later were perhaps the first company to use the wine cask.

Roseworthy graduate and Kaiser Stuhl winemaker, Ian Hickinbotham was brought in to make the quality table red wines (then a small market) at the Coonawarra property. Hickinbotham made important contributions to the development of the Australian wine industry through his research into malolactic fermentation.

The first claret came out in 1952 and he was soon regarded as one of AustraliaŤs most brilliant winemaking pioneers. He died in a plane crash in 1986. In 1972 the company was taken over by brewing giant Castemaine Tooheys and later, in 1985, the company was swallowed up by Penfolds. The quality of the wine dropped after the departure of the Wynns - as returns to shareholders in the takeover boom were prioritised over standards.

However, the takeover by Penfolds (a more wine-focused company) did see a return to quality in the second half of the 1980s, although there were disputes over which grapes went into the Wynns label and what went to Penfolds premium wine parcel range. Wynns has followed Penfolds into the Fosters portfolio.

It remains a bulk producer but produces excellent quality for value wines across its range from the bargain basement to the deluxe John Riddoch Cab Sav and Michael Shiraz. Under wine makers Sue Hodder and Sarah Pidgeon the vineyards are being rejuvenated with the aim of lifting the already ample quality.

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Inside the cellar door (photo:genxywines)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Latest Reviews

Wynns Michael Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($150)

 

Drink: 2030+

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2016, intense blueberry, mulberry and black cherry with white pepper and rose petal notes, very long and gamey with graphite minerality, firm spine of fine tannins and mocha/malt oak  (*****)

Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2026+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, aromatic and intense black cherry, cassis and mulberry with liquorice, black olive and mint notes, earthy and seamless, medium-full bodied with dusty tannins, fine grained cedar/vanilla oak (****1/2)

Wynns V&A Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2014

Purchased: Not ($60)

 

Drink: 2028

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, 78% Cabernet, 22% Shiraz, perfumed and glossy cassis and mulberry with blueberry, white pepper and anise notes, medium bodied with slaty minerality, good length and firm dusty tannins, chary French oak (****)

Wynns Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, forward and broad lime, pear and jonathon apple with orange blossom floral and brown spices, leesy and talcy texture with a crisp lemon rind finish (***)

Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Purchased: Not ($130)

Drink: 2033+

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, very tight with a subdued nose at the moment but will unfurl over the ensuing decades, very long and focused core of intense cassis and red fruits with hay leaf, sage, graphite and mint notes emerging, perhaps a touch more elegant than the 2010 but time will tell, finishes with firm and drying tea-like tannins and quality coffee/chocolate/vanilla French oak  (*****)

Wynns Alex 88 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Purchased: Not ($80)

Drink: 2030+

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, heady and deeply fruited  cassis and mulberry with bay leaf, seaweed and violet notes, sumptuous medium-full bodied palate with graphite minerality,  tightly structured grainy and gravelly tannins,cedar/chocolate oak,  very long and focused with some elegance long cellaring style (*****)

Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, this was very good vintage for the region, perfumed blackberry, cassis and mulberry with olive and violet notes, shapely and supple medium-full bodied earthy palate with firm but pliant dusty tannins, well balanced with considerable cellaring potential (*****)

Wynns Black Label Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2030

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015,  heady nose, glossy blackberry, glazed cherry and mulberry with bright violet florals, focused medium-full bodied core with graphite minerality, spicy cedar/chocolate oak, pliant but firm tannic structure for long cellaring (****1/2)

Wynns Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, fresh and plump apple, lime and pear with rose petal and orange blossom notes, talcy with a crisp lemon acid finish (***)

Wynn’s Alex 88 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Purchased: Not ($80)

Drink: 2030

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, perfumed and sleek cassis, mulberry and dark plum with olive and violet notes, earthy with graphite minerals, medium-full bodied with firm but pliant tannins, has the structure for long term cellaring (****1/2)

Wynn’s Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2027

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, intense and savoury blackberry, mulberry and cassis with black olive, anise and violet notes, long, firm and medium-full bodied with chewy, powdery and cigar box/dark chocolate French oak inputs (****1/2)

Wynn’s Riesling 2013

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, rounded lime, apple and orange blossom with lanolin viscosity and a dusting of musky spices, fresh lemony acidity on the talcy finish (***)

Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Purchased: Not ($110)

Drink: 2026+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, 2010 is regarded as one of the best recent Coonawarra vintages, powerful, seamless and long core of cassis and redcurrant with violet, mint, bay leaf and sage notes, dusty palate with graphite minerality, balanced vanilla-roast coffee-chocolate oak, firm, drying and linear tannins (*****)

Wynns Michael Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($100)

Drink: 2027+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, plump raspberry pastille, plums and mulberry with black pepper, violet florals and musky spices, powerful and long palate with underlying graphite minerals, persistent chalky tannins with ample charry mocha-malt-clove oak, needs time to bring all that oak into balance (****1/2)

Wynns Messenger Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2023+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, single vineyard release, perfumed, very long and pristine cassis and mulberry with sage and mint leaf notes, more gentle, medium bodied and fine grained than the Black Label or John Riddoch, lingering dusty tannins and seamless cedar/cinnamon oak, choc-mint finish, quite elegant but arguably needs more drive (****1/2)

Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, leafy and glossy red cherries, mulberries and dark plums with some mint and black olive notes, medium bodied with chewy powdery tannins and nutmeg-cedar oak, firm acid spine, carefully managed to avoid the fate of other diffuse, sappy Coonawarra red releases from 2011 but never going to a great vintage (***)

Wynns Riesling 2012

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, fairly gentle and broad lime, apple and orange blossom, talcy with a flinty mineral finish and vibrant lemony Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2010acidity, good length (***)

Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Purchased: Not ($100)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2012, powerful and penetrating core of cassis, mulberry and redcurrant with violet, mint, and dried herb notes, long dusty palate with underlying graphite minerality, creamy vanilla-cedar-chocolate oak, firm and linear ,mineral-infused tannins (*****)

Wynns Michael Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($100)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2012, concentrated blackberry, cassis and mulberry with black pepper, musky spice, and violet notes, very long palate with underlying graphite minerals and savoury meaty complexity, persistent chalky tannins with charry mocha-vanilla-clove oak (*****)

Wynns V&A Lane Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2012, perfumed and tightly packed mulberry, plum and blackberry with black pepper, asian spice, musk and violet notes, long and medium bodied palate is infused with chewy, savoury tannins, fairly overt toasty vanilla-cedar-ginger oak (****)

Wynns Coonawarra Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2012, medium bodied cassis and dark plum with a touch of musky spice and white pepper, has some meaty complexity and graphite minerality, good acid balance and chalky tannins (***1/2)

Wynns John Riddoch 20th Vintage Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Purchased: Not ($90)

Drink: 2026+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, heady and penetrating core of cassis, eldeberry and redcurrant with anise, white pepper, and dried herb notes, shapely and very long dusty palate with underlying graphite minerality, smoky vanilla-cedar-chocolate oak, firm but supple linear tannins, will have a very long cellaring life (*****)

Wynns Michael Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($90)

Drink: 2026+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, plush but deep set blackberry, cassis and mulberry with black pepper, anise, musk, smoked meat and violet notes, very long and elegant sour edged palate with underlying graphite flintiness, persistent chalky tannins with charry mocha-vanilla oak (*****)

Wynns Davis Single Vineyard Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2023+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, from 1957 vines, the second oldest surviving wines in the region, pristine blackcurrant and redcurrant with violet, sage and white pepper notes, very long and classically shaped with complex savoury meat nuances, quite minerally with penetrating slinky tannins, well balanced French oak brings spicy cedar and bitter chocolate to finish (*****)

Wynns V&A Lane Cabernet Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, perfumed and elegant blackberry, blackcurrant and mulberry with fruitcake, violet, pepper and mint notes, medium bodied and long palate with a plumper mid-palate, firm chassis of chalky tannins (****)

Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, generous, savoury and intense blackcurrant and blackberry with mint leaf, pepper and violet notes, the tightly packed, minerally and medium-full bodied palate is held in a grip of firm, sinewy tannins, charry cedar-dark chocolate oak finish, will need even more time than usual (****)

Wynns V&A Lane Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2024+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, intense and tightly packed mulberry and blackberry with black pepper and violet notes, firm and medium-full bodied palate is infused with grippy tannins, fairly overt toasty vanilla-cedar-ginger oak, needs plenty of time to unpack (***1/2)

Wynns Riesling 2011

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2013 or 2018 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, a bit musky and young at the moment but showing promise, bright lime, orange blossom and lemon rind, flinty minerality with lingering grapefruit acidity, good length (****)

Wynns V&A Lane Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, one off release that honours the lane where the vines are growing, densely packed mulberry and black cherry with toasty brown spices, creamy and medium-full bodied palate with an attractive streak of regional minerality, spicy mocha-chocolate oak, supple fine grained tannins (****)

Wynns Alex 88 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Cellar Door ($37)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, limited cellar door release, from vines re-planted in 1988, full bodied blackcurrant, blackberry and olive with impressive density and rich iodine/graphite minerality, long and linear and savoury palate, firm and chewy undercarriage of fine grained tannins infused the spicy cedar-vanilla oak (****1/2)

Wynns The Gables Cabernet Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Cellar Door ($45)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, limited cellar door release, 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Shiraz, perfumed, rich and deep set mulberry, blackberry and blackcurrant, minerally and medium-full bodied with creamy and spicy French oak and a firm chassis of pliant, dusty tannins, long and well balanced wine that will develop in the cellar (****1/2)

Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, fragrant and deep set blackcurrant, plum and mulberry, the firm and meaty palate is earthy and savoury and infused with spicy cedar and a touch of chocolate, slightly astringent and chewy fine grained tannins, really needs cellaring time (****)

Wynns Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2007

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Shiraz and 10% Merlot, savoury and rather ripe mulberry and plums with a touch of prune with white pepper notes, medium bodied with a slightly astringent chassis of fine grained tannins, creamy roast coffee-cedar oak (***1/2)

Wynns Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, a little bit candied and broad but better than the last couple of vintages, orange blossom, red apple and pineapple, lingering chalky phenolics with crisp citric acids (***)

Wynns Late Harvest Riesling 2008

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, limited release, broad and spicy lemon, mango and lime marmalade with subtle ginger notes, crisp and chalky mandarin acidity (***)

Wynns Coonwarra Estate John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, rich concentrated and deep set blackcurrant and mulberry with rosemary, anise and violet notes, a firm grid of chewy savoury tannins, the oak brings dark chocolate, vanilla and cedar notes, polished as ever with a long cellar life (*****)

Wynns Coonwarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, sweet cassis and plum with liquorice and mint notes, medium bodied but with a fairly heavy extract, earthy palate with persistent savoury grainy tannins and creamy cedar-vanilla-chocolate oak (****)

Wynns Coonawarra Estate John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2008, Gold Medal at Limestone Coast Wine Show 2007, deep and well defined blackcurrant, dark plum, mulberry with rosemary, anise and lavender notes, polished and restrained despite the deep fruit set, backbone of powdery savoury tannins, French and American oak, still tight and needs plenty of time to open up (*****)

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Michael Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2008, tremendously focussed and elegant style with a dense core of blackberry, blueberry and raspberry, meaty, savoury and full bodied but is tightly structured and builds to a late palate crescendo, firm backbone of chalky tannins, well judged French and American oak brings mocha-coffee and cedar to the finish (****1/2)

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Messenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($39)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2008, Gold Medal at Limestone Coast Wine Show 2007, new premium range highlighting single vineyards, multi-layered black cherry, blackberry and red cherry with rich spice and dried herb expression, good depth and length, minerally base, cigar box, dark chocolate and cedar oak inputs (****1/2)

Wynns Coonawarra Estate John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: Not ($73)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, super-intense but with great complexity and multi-textured, not jammy or leafy, blackcurrant, plum with black olive, liquorice, mint and dark chocolate, complex oak handling to match, a regional classic (*****)

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Michael Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($73)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, pristine blackberry and dark plum, full bodied and complex with elegant white pepper, mint and cinnamon, spicy plate with a savoury tannic spine, mocha-coffee and vanilla oak features, great length and structure (****1/2)

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, spicy redcurrant and blackberry with black pepper features, medium-full bodied with smooth coconut-vanilla, fine grained tannins (***1/2)

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, appealing and well made style, grapefruit, white peach and melon flavours lead into creamy barrel fermented lemon butter mid-palate, assertive cashew-vanilla oak (***1/2)

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, cassis and mulberry, fruit expression has more depth than the 2004, some herbal/leafy features with varietal mint and a touch of dark chocolate, good balance and length, creamy coconut-vanilla oak, fine grained tannins, tightly structured wine that will reward careful cellaring (****)

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, tight style with cassis and mulberry with subtle underlying herbal/leafy features, violet and dark chocolate nuances and varietal mint, good balance and length although the fruit depth is not as good as some of the 1990s vintages, well integrated creamy vanilla oak, fine tannins, track record shows it will be a slow developing wine but is a good value wine for those with patience (***1/2)

Wynns Coonawarra Estate John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, ripe blackberry and black cherry with dark olive and fenugreek, complex, multi-layered and earthy palate with chocolate and clove notes, smoky cofee-cedar oak, fine lingering tannins (****)

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Michael Shiraz 2003

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, lifted plum and red cherry aromas with cinnamon and leather notes, rich, mutli-layerd and savoury palate, silky tannins, creamy spicy oak support (****)

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, floral nose of apple, lime and lemon, delicate musky palate, just released, still needs some time to develop, chalky finish (***1/2)

Wynns Cabernet, Shiraz, Merlot 2002

Purchased: ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, nose shows mix of savoury black fruits, some spices and lots of vanilla from the oak, medium-bodied palate, bit forward, smooth tannins with sweet vanilla finish (***)

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton ($18)

Drink:2010

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2005, smooth, well balanced with ripe blackberry, tight and typical of Coonawarra style with chocolate and mint finish, a few years cellaring will open it up more (***)

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Shiraz 2003

(W) Aroma of lifted cherry and spice notes with blackberry, palate shows ripe plums, pepper and cloves

Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda ($20)

Drink: 2008

Tasting: Not Reviewed Yet

Wynns Cabernet, Shiraz, Merlot 2005

Purchased: ($20)

Drink: 2011

Tasting: Not Reviewed Yet