Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

A recent extraordinary Wynns tasting has captured my interest in this producer’s wines. You can read the post here. Compared with the wines in that tasting, the 2013 Wynns Black Label cabernet sauvignon presents as remarkably forward and ready to drink. It has typical Coonawarra aromas of earth and blackcurrant. The palate has excellent length, […]

An extraordinary Wynns Coonawarra cabernet tasting

This was a wonderful tasting of a selection of Wynns Black Label and John Riddoch Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon wines from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, with some quite interesting conclusions.   Those conclusions were that the Black Label, for most vintages, served blind and side-by-side with the John Riddoch, provided the more compelling current […]

Leconfield Merlot Coonawarra 2017

I wasn’t taken by Leconfield’s 2017 merlot from Coonawarra.  It opens to aromas of red berries.  The palate is youthful, with a medium-full body.  Its acidity seemed noticeable, and the fruit lacking in density.  A pleasant enough wine that is ready to drink now. Rating: Acceptable. Abv: 14%. Price: $26. Website: http://www.leconfieldwines.com. 

Langtons Classification VII – trends, promotions and demotions

The new Langtons classification (classification VII) of Australian wine was released last week.  It is stated to measure the performance of wines in an open market, with the condition of entry being 10 vintages and a track record in the secondary market.  The list has been prepared for many years now, and is prepared by […]

Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Another wine from the (generally) poor 2011 vintage.  However, even poor vintages have their charms.  In this case, I actually preferred this wine to the 2016 recently reviewed, although time will lead to the opposite conclusion.  In the glass it is restrained, with gentle left bank Bordeaux like aromatics and good length on the finish. […]

Reschke Fumé Sauvignon Blanc 2015

There aren’t many producing a fumé blanc style sauvignon blanc in Australia and I think this wine’s a bit of a success. From early picked sauvignon blanc in Coonawarra, it has seen some time on French oak. It is neither unduly green, nor unduly woody, achieving a good balance in the glass. The aromatics remind […]

6 new release Australian reds

Following from my earlier tasting of six new release Australian whites, today I tasted through six new release Australian reds between $16 and $29, all blind. In a difficult group, there were no particular threads. Blue Wren No716 Single Vineyard MerlotNeither vintage nor region are clearly declared on this bottle, although my guesses are 2016 […]

Rymill Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon new releases: 2012 and 2014

The Coonawarra Vignerons website (here) is a wealth of information about local vintage conditions, albeit in a glass half full kind of a way where one is left guessing as to their actual views of the vintages.  2014 for example is described as “classic”, while 2012 had “very pleasing quality fruit” and is “a vintage […]