The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards from V&A Lane have been important contributors to Wynns’ top wines for many years. However this area is also gaining a reputation for a great Shiraz and a marriage of the two varieties is a part of Wynns history, going back to its earliest blends.
|Varietal||Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz|
|Peak Drinking||Now - 2031|
|94 points||James Halliday|
|94 points||Peter Chapman|
|94 points||Andrew Caillard MW|
“Good colour; a lively, medium-bodied wine with blackberry and blackcurrant fruit crossing swords, mulberry and mint seconds to the combatants. It all works well.” James Halliday
“Deep colour. Fresh dark chocolate, plum, mulberry aromas with herb garden, liquorice notes. Attractive drinking wine with sweet dense dark berry, dark chocolate flavours, plentiful chalky textures, lovely mid-palate richness and underlying mocha, vanilla oak. Finishes graphite dry with inky mineral notes. Harmonious and delicious to drink.” Andrew Caillard MW
Wild mulberry, brambles and briar with notes of spice.
The co-fermented Cabernet and Shiraz creates a silky style. Hints of tobacco, tar, fig, stinging nettle and black pepper merge to create a complex wine. Linear fruit and crisp acid is complemented by satin-like tannins with a slightly gravelly finish
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.
Even and long ripening, with low rainfall and moderate yields, delivering full fruit flavours and balanced acidity.
In 1998 Sarah was appointed winemaker at the renowned Wynns Coonawarra Estate winery. Here she feels privileged to continue the tradition of excellence and innovation, working with fruit from some of Australia’s top vineyards on the internationally famed terra rossa soil.
A love of well cellared, mature wines has been cultivated through her custodianship of the precious Wynns Museum Release wines. An intense knowledge of the terroir of Coonawarra vineyards, and great skill with coaxing the best from old vine Cabernets are among her constant rewards.
Questioning and challenging are important to ensuring a healthy future for Wynns and to this end Sarah has contributed to many important trials including development of a rigorous oak selection programme, and other technical trials for the winery.
A graduate of the prestigious Len Evans Wine Tutorial, her recent judging experience spans a decade at both regional and national shows.