Did you realise that May 6 was International Sauvignon Blanc Day? (So sorry I missed it…. )
And today is International Albariño Day. (Hmmm…)
Seems like every month now has several days claimed as some sort of wine day and christened with a marketing moniker of dubious value.
So when I draw your attention to today August 1 being “Wynnsday” you are entitled to a degree of cynicism as to the value of this factoid; that is until you get to try the wines.
Since 1988, the stable of Wynns wines have made their entrance to the marketplace on August 1 each year.
On Monday, Treasury Wine Estates, owners of Wynns, held their 2018 portfolio tasting at the MCG (#gotiges), including the Wynnsday releases. Winemakers from across the TWE group were present showing their wares and while there was a lot of very good gear to be sampled, none were more impressive than the range presented by Sue Hodder, chief winemaker at Wynns Coonawarra Estate (WCE) since 1993.
The WCE vintages tasted were 2015 and 2016, the former regarded as one of the all-time great vintages for the region and the latter also being very good indeed, albeit at the “fuller” end of the Wynns style and flavour spectrum, as succinctly explained by Sue.
From the 2015 vintage, the Michael shiraz and John Riddoch cabernet (both RRP $150) are pearlers and worthy of a place in any cellar aspiring to the best Australian reds.
Those looking for the DNA of those wines at less exalted and more affordable levels, will be well-served by scooping up some of the following Black label 16s. Note, keen shoppers might well be able to secure these wines at lower prices than those shown – one merchant we saw today is offering the wines below at $28.40 in a half-dozen.
2016 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Shiraz
Really lively bouquet of dark red fruit with some background notes of blacker fruits.
The warmer 2016 vintage conditions have done this no harm, delivering a palate chock full of beautifully textured red berry and red cherry flavours which have an old-vine silkiness to them which coats the palate beautifully.
The palate is really light on its feet for such intensity of character and finishes long with a deliciously fragrant aftertaste. Really good.
2016 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of dark chocolate mingled with black and red fruits, new Italian leather and a lick of creamy oak.
The vigorous attack on entry is downright easy to love with the plush, stylish fruit flavours seducing with their toned generosity.
Medium-bodied, the mid palate brims with intense blackberry and black currant flavours which coat the tannins throughout the long aromatic finish.
Delicious cabernet, the style of which can give Margaret River a run for pure sex appeal and put Coonawarra back up there in the spotlight.
I will have this wine with some spring lamb chops.
Frank Wilden is a retail food strategist and a “lapsed” restaurateur whose love of wine began nearly four decades ago.
Frank is writing this regular wine column for Business Insider Australia. Get in touch with him via @thefrankreport on Twitter
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