Wynns Coonawarra Estate John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


Tony Love
98 Points – Drink 2025 – 2045

Wynns’ flagship cabernet, selected from the best estate vineyards and refined even further from the top one per cent of the harvest. Without question, this wine exhibits the most elite nuances imaginable of dark berry and mint chocolate aromatics and flavours, enhanced by an exciting tension in the palate with energetic acidity pulsating underneath and lively tannins offering support from the sidelines as all the elements swell with promise and delight with immediate pleasure. The structures here suggest extraordinary longevity. Top of the tree. 


Jeni Port
96 Points – Drink 2021 – 2042

Ah, that scent. It’s everything to do with Coonawarra:  eucalypt mixing with earth, briar and Aussie bush and the region’s number one grape variety’s black-hearted intensity. And, so, so snug and inviting.

This may be one of the more relaxed John Riddoch releases of recent times. It seems all set to go right now. The country scents are immediately approachable, so too the woodsy spice, toasty oak and generous fruit. It all but melts on the tongue but do not on any count underestimate the power that lies underneath the surface.


Ray Jordan
98 Points – Drink 2025 – 2045

Oh my, this is such a good wine – as good as any that have been released under this label. It is remarkable that a wine of such finesse and refinement should also have such power and drive. But that’s Coonawarra in a good year, managed with first rate winemaking after the viticulturist has delivered the fruit. Has a slightly liqueur cherry aroma with cool leaf and tobacco leaf nuances. The palate is sublime with the fine weave of tannin, fine grained oak and silky-smooth fruit. As you might expect it is still a little shy and closed but decanting will give you a glimpse of what it will become. 

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