Wynns Michael Reserve Shiraz 2012

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  • Wynns is the Coonawarra's most famous estate
  • The Michael Reserve is an amazing Shiraz
  • The #1 Shiraz made in the Coonawarra
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    $134.99
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  • James Halliday
    97 points
  • Mike Bennie
    95 points

Editors notes

97pts James Halliday
The Michael Shiraz is made in the best years and is the benchmark Shiraz made in the Coonawarra.

Peak Drinking: Now - 2052+

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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
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Halliday

    97
    "Marries elegance with depth and power, elegance controlling the union. Whereas oak is often very obvious in young Michael releases, here it is just a veneer for the supple plum, black cherry and blackberry fruits, the tannins likewise perfectly pitched. Coonawarra didn't miss out on the great '12 vintage."
  • Mike Bennie

    95
    "Sweet, clove oak scents over dark, brooding, spice dusted berry fruit. Seductive, rich, but fresh bouquet. Seamless flow across the palate, set to medium bodied weight, sweet fruited but cut with clean lines of acidity and barely-there, fine, feathery tannins. It’s an exercise in elegance, almost too neat and tidy, but geez, does it carry across the palate well. It’s a smooth operator, drinking beautifully even in youth."

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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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