Wynns Coonawarra Estate Johnson’s Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


Jeni Port
95 Points – Drink 2021 – 2042

It started out not so much a deliberate act as more of an afterthought. I opened Johnson’s Block, made some tasting notes and wandered off. When I returned 20 minutes later the wine had changed, dramatically. The initial burst of fruit so clear in blackberry, plum, violet, liquorice and cedar had progressed into deeper, darker territory. There lurked more savoury nuance, of earth, leather and wood smoke.

It surrounded the wine’s core and was enhanced by fine tannins and nuanced oak. Everything was moving into place as contact with the air gave the wine wings. This is one impressive cabernet sauvignon. It breathes and energises before your eyes and it’s on a long, long journey of discovery.


Angus Hughson
95 Points – Drink 2027 – 2038

From the oldest cabernet sauvignon block in Coonawarra comes this dense and muscular single vineyard release from Wynns. You can be very sure that this wine will sing for decades to come.

It is an almost opaque ruby in colour before launching into a compact core of dark fruits – cassis and cocoa with cedary aromas poking through underpinned by high quality oak. It is then dry, full-bodied and juicy – cassis and cherry liqueur provide the sweeter side which is well matched to more brooding earthy notes on a bed of chunky tannins, the fruit impressively powered and the fruit very long. The best years for this wine will be over the ten-year mark.  


Tony Love
94 Points – Drink 2024 – 2038

Wynns’ single block program continues with this gloriously modern wine from the oldest surviving cabernet sauvignon vineyard in the region, planted in 1954. Opening with a suggestion of familiar Coonawarra dark mint chocolate woven into fleshy dark plum and black berry fruit notes, the flow of the palate has an ease about it at first, before finding some pucker when its fine yet coating tannins come into play. Fitting neatly into Wynns’ medium-bodied house style, well-toned and regionally expressive, there’s a lot to look forward to over a decade and more as this wine reaches for greater heights.   

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