Wynns Black Label Cabernet is a true icon of Australian wine. First produced in 1954, it has a reputation for ageing gracefully and displaying excellent varietal and regional characteristics. The wine is produced from only the top quality 20 to 25 per cent of Cabernet Sauvignon fruit grown in our terra rossa vineyards.
A wine of style and stature - and a perennial favourite in auction circles - ‘Black Label’ is one of Australia’s most collectable wines and Australia’s benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon. It consistently delivers potential for medium to long-term cellaring.
|Peak Drinking||Now - 2037|
|96 points||Andrew Caillard MW|
|95 points||Halliday Wine Companion|
|94 points||Huon Hooke|
|93 points||Mike Bennie|
Andrew Caillard MW
"An inky textured sinuous wine with pure blackcurrant mulberry fruits, plentiful fine loose-knit chalky textures, lovely mid palate richness and underlying savoury roasted nut notes. Builds up torque at the finish with al-dente firm tannin grip, persistent dark fruits and attractive mineral length. A classical style Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon showing the elegance, generosity and power derived from a rare long growing season."
Halliday Wine Companion
"The fruit is effortless, the tannin is sturdy, the finish is long and satisfying. Blackcurrant, violet, mint and cedar wood characters combine to form a classic whole. The reputation of Black Label cabernet precedes it but this is an excellent version. It's medium in weight but it has torque, grip and acceleration. It takes the palate on; not to mention the future."
"Very deep, bold red/purple colour, youthful and fresh, as is the bouquet. There are intense, fresh, vibrant ripe blackberry and blackcurrant cabernet aromas galore and oak takes a back-seat. A very smart, elegant, intense and tidily-constructed cabernet. It shouts "Coonawarra."
Lifted Cabernet perfume which includes dried leaf, black olive and dark cherry.
Approachable and fine, yet the Black Label pedigree is apparent with persistent dark cherry fruit and fine tannins.
Coonawarra, on South Australia’s Limestone Coast, is a flat, isolated region almost mid-point between Adelaide and Melbourne. The area enjoys a cool maritime climate - similar to that of Bordeaux - and is renowned for its unique terra rossa soil. Rich, rust coloured soils… crimson sunburnt faces… magenta sunsets: this is red wine country! While Coonawarra is famous for its rich, minty Cabernet, the area also produces Shiraz and Merlot and surprisingly good Chardonnay and Riesling.
A cool growing season with late season rain led to red-fruit and spice notes in the 2017 wines. Small quantities of good quality wines were made from 2017. At Wynns, we are fortunate to have a significant area of prime Terra Rossa vineyards and we could judiciously pick for quality.
Sue Hodder is one of Australia’s best-known winemakers and this year celebrates her 27th vintage with Wynns – making wine from wonderful, expressive fruit grown in the heart of the terra rossa. Sue commenced her career as a viticulturist and believes her early viticultural training – assessing vines, analysing mature fruit and tasting the finished wine – gave her an invaluable insight into the importance of the vineyard in quality winemaking.
Sue brings valuable experience with vintages in other noted wine regions around the world and has judged extensively in Regional, National and International wine shows. She is the recipient of many accolades including GT Wines ‘Winemaker of the Year’ in 2010 (with viticulturist Allen Jenkins); and most recently ‘Winemaker of the Year’ (with Sarah Pidgeon) at the 2016 ASVO awards.