Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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WYCS201210 UCAU
  • Fruit is sourced from a vineyard over 35 years old
  • Such a pure and perfect expression of Coonawarra cabernet.
  • There is outstanding cellaring potential in this wine
  • 1 or more bottles
    $39.99
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  • Huon Hooke
    98 points
  • James Halliday
    96 points
  • Ray Jordan
    95 points
  • Jeremy Oliver
    95 points
  • Tyson Stelzer
    95 points

Editors notes

Year-in and year-out this is wine is a cellar staple, and consistently over-performs for the price. For some extra value, each bottle comes with a gift box, vacuum pump and bottle stopper!

Wild berries, black olive and rhubarb notes. Fragrant nutmeg and cedary oak, underpinned by delicate notes of sage and violet florals. Dark cassis stretches the length of the palate. Fine, powdery tannins and succulent acidity support rich fruit with exceptional poise.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blueberry
    • Boysenberry
    • Herbal
  • Palate
    • Blue Fruits
    • Cassis
    • Graphite

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Huon Hooke

    98
    "Deep, youthful red/purple colour. The bouquet is rich and deep, with tremendous intensity and brightness, structure and persistence. A thoroughly impressive young wine. Violets. The tannins are ample and firm and in perfect balance with the wine. This will be very long-lived indeed. Great stuff. Tasted: Jul 2017; Drink: 2017 to 2042"
  • James Halliday

    96
    "The '12 vintage that shows a significant change in winemaking direction, with the alcohol of 13.5%. While the Woodley Treasure Chest wines were basically shiraz, none wholly cabernet sauvignon, this wine has a structure those wines had in their early maturity. What is most interesting here is the early development on the palate of savoury flavours and firm tannins, yet allowing the fruit to maintain its line through to the all-important finish, where balance is not in question. Drink By: 2032"
  • Ray Jordan

    95
    "Such a pure and perfect expression of Coonawarra cabernet. This is a lineage going back to 1954 - a wine that even a few years ago was drinking superbly. Balanced and so precise, with powdery tannins and fine-grained oak merging seamlessly with silky-smooth fruit and a concentrated core every serious cellar should have this wine."
  • Jeremy Oliver

    95
    "A classical, long-term cabernet that marries perfectly ripened fruit with excellent oak and structure. Its deep, alluring fragrance of cassis, dark plums, cedar and vanilla are backed by nuances of mint, menthol and graphite. Long and elegant, it’s dripping with a luxuriant depth of dark berry and plum-like flavour supported by fine, polished tannins and tight-grained oak, finishing with charming balance and focus, a hint of mineral, persistence and freshness. Drink: 2022 to 2032+"
  • Tyson Stelzer

    95
    "The backbone of Black Label are Wynns' magnificent single vineyards on the terra rossa strip. The 2012 is classic Coonawarra cabernet, back in the admirably restrained mould of 2009. It's an excellent release, classic, fine-boned, taut and drawn, built around a fine scaffold of rigid, fine and textural tannins. There's a core of coiled blackcurrant fruit of focused definition; elegantly medium-bodied and effortless, with fine, mineral tannins drawn from the limestone of Coonawarra. It seems the official price is edging ever higher, though the best street prices remain at the same affordable level. Drink: 2022-2032"

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Locations

Australia

The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

Coonawarra

Located in the Limestone Coast area of South Australia about 380km South East of Adelaide, near the border of Victoria Coonawarra is a Maritime climate due to it's proximity being only 60km from the ocean. The name translates as 'Honeysuckle' in Aboriginal language.

This region is known for it's elegant red wines derived from a thin lush 'Terra Rossa' rustic-copper coloured strip of soil abundant in iron, silica and other nutrients. This red earth is known to be one of the most notable 'terroir' soils in the world and distinct characteristics are picked up in the fruit. The quality of the grapes, unique Geology and growing conditions create the finest of wines with incredible longevity.

The red land was first harvested in 1890 by John Riddoch which then turned over to the hands of the Redman family who grew Shiraz as their main grape variety. In 1951, Samuel Wynn continued on the legacy by buying the original Riddoch cellars and led a revolution by making conventional table wines rather than the then popular fortified. There are many producers now but Cabernet Sauvignon is what the area is most renowned for in the wine world.

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About the brand Wynns

The original Wynns Estate started out as a sheep farming station, running 160,000 head on a 700 km squared property in the Coonawarra region of South Australia. John Riddoch, founder of the estate, moved to the region in 1861 and in 1897, had over 52 hectares under vine. The rest, as they say, is history, as Riddoch's descendants continued to change the face of Australian winemaking in this tiny isolated region known for its 'Terra Rossa' or 'red earth' soil, yielding intensely coloured and concentrated fruit.

Today, Wynns is the largest landowner in the region with 950 hectares under vine with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Sue Hodder leads the winemaking team at Wynns. It's not surprising that she is one of Australia's best-known winemakers; she started her career as a viticulturalist before turning her eye toward winemaking. Accompanied by Allan Jenkins - a viticulturist for the past thirty years - the pair were named Gourmet Traveller Wine's Winemaker of the Year in 2010.

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