Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz
Region: South Australia
Ageing/Maturation: 12 months maturation in new and used French oak
Cellar Potential: 10 years
Sweetness: 0.3 g/L
Wynns Coonawarra Estate Shiraz 2016
Colour: Vibrant purple.
Nose: Classic, cool climate aromas of blackberries and ground black pepper are lifted by musky florals, wet tobacco and sweet spices.
Palate: Rich black and red fruits mesh with forest floor brambles and zesty, cool spice notes. Structured, fine tannin builds the palate to create a fresh and lively wine, with rich yet fine fruit seamlessly moving into toasty notes on the finish. Enjoy on release or cellar for three to five years.
What is now Wynns Coonawarra Estate was founded by Scottish pioneer John Riddoch, who noticed the fertility of a small strip of red soil - terra rossa - in the far south-east of South Australia. He planted vineyards in 1891 and completed the estate's three-gabled winery in 1896.
Riddoch died in 1901 and Coonawarra languished for the first half of this century. Coonawarra's revival began in 1951 when the Melbourne wine merchants Samuel and David Wynns purchased Riddoch's original vineyards and winery and renamed the property Wynns Coonawarra Estate.
The Wynns recognised the intrinsic qualities of Coonawarra wines - their richness and intenisty of fruit character - and set out to build an independent identity in the region. They created the famous label that has made John Riddoch's winery one of Australia's best-known buildings.
Today Wynns Coonawarra Estate is the region's pre-eminent wine producer and largest single vineyard holder with the best and longest established vineyard sites in Coonawarra. Its wines are reguarded as benchmarks for the district, lauded for their consistent quality and depth of flavour.