Wynns 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Black Label, Coonawarra
Coonawarra is renowned for its unique geological and climatic features - ideal for growing vines bearing the highest quality grapes. Coonawarra's fame comes from a freakish natural phenomenon called the terra rossa. Meaning literally 'red earth'. Terra rossa topsoil is rich and free draining. It is one of the best soils for growing vines in Australia; ideal for creating a yield of small, intensely flavored grapes that are perfectly suited for making premium wine. And in Coonawarra Wynns wines are regarded as benchmarks for their consistent quality and depth of flavor. The Black Label, Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was first produced in 1954. It's produced from only the top 20-25% of Cabernet fruit available from the Estate. A wine of style and stature, and a perennial favorite in auction circles, the Black Label is one of Australia's most collectable wines, consistently delivering. It's a former Wine Spectator Top 100 selection. James Halliday scored his 2012 96 points saying "Another wine from Wynns and the '12 vintage that shows a significant change in winemaking direction, with the alcohol of 13.5%. While the Woodley Treasure Chest wines were basically shiraz, none wholly cabernet sauvignon, this wine has a structure those wines had in their early maturity. What is most interesting here is the early development on the palate of savoury flavours and firm tannins, yet allowing the fruit to maintain its line through to the all-important finish, where balance is not in question."