Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
1 or more bottles$186.35
James Halliday97 points
Robert Parker95 points
Impenetrable red-purple; rich, concentrated and luscious blackberry/blackcurrant/cassis fruit on both bouquet and palate has largely - though not entirely - subsumed the oak. Likewise, the tannins are there, but are in perfect balance.
- James Halliday
Named after ‘The Squire of Penola’, John Riddoch settled in Coonawarra in 1861, planting the first vines in 1891. This is a Coonawarra icon.
Deep garnet. An intense aroma, very rich & savoury with mature blackcurrant, black cherry, leather, cedar, earthy liquorice, fruitcake, plum & toasty vanilla. Creamy & elegant. Dry. Elegantly balanced with cassis, loganberry, black cherry, cedar, pencil shavings, fruitcake, sweet allspice, tobacco & leather. Wonderful.
Enjoy with family and friends over a beef fillet or venison.
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"Impenetrable red-purple; rich, concentrated and luscious blackberry/blackcurrant/cassis fruit on both bouquet and palate has largely - though not entirely - subsumed the oak. Likewise, the tannins are there, but are in perfect balance."
"1998 was a warm vintage, but not hot—somewhat aligned to the more recent 2004 vintage (from a climate perspective). This 1998 John Riddoch Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon is very fresh and alive—quite leafy at this point, there is also blackcurrant, star anise and pomegranate molasses. It is exotic, spicy and has got it all really. There is really great depth of flavor through the mid-palate and finish. Brilliant flavor saturation. Perhaps in its last decade of fruit freshness (hence the drinking "window") but will live beyond that should you wish it—we (here in Australia) regularly look at Coonawarra Cabernets from the 1980s and prior that make mockeries of conservative drinking windows."
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Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.
With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.
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.
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.