Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Coonawarra, South Australia, 53rd Vintage
South Australia, Australia
Clean, classic, fresh and well-balanced example here again from the every-reliable Coonawarra estate of Wynns, with well-proportioned cassis and blackberry fruit layered over integrated oak spice. The palate is mid-weight, firm but ripe, with juicy acid and light but firm tannins. Excellent length, too. Nice wine here. Score: 91 (John Szabo, MS, www.WineAlign.com, Aug 2011)
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Grape Variety: Cabernet-Sauvignon
Category: Red Wine
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Foster'S Wine Estates Americas
Alcohol: 14.0% Alcohol/Vol.
Description: Opaque ruby in colour with a medium+ intensity on the nose.
Positives: Complex wine featuring cedar, cassis, violets, blackberry, dark cherry, mint, tobacco, graphite, sandalwood & plums. Full body with medium+ tannins, good acidity & a long length.
Interesting Point: This is Wynns' Coonawarra Estate 53 vintage, and once again spectacular especially for being under $25. Taste double to triple that price.
Drink now or over the next 5 years on its own or pair it with a nice grilled tenderloin.
Tasted: 26 June 12
Top Pick & Best Buy
Score: 9.5/10, Value: 10/10, Total: 19.5/20
Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4.5+
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The 2008 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a medium bodied, fruity to integrated wine. It has intense aromas of black currant, oak, coconut, vanilla and smoke on the nose and black currant and vanilla on the palate. It has a sharp acidity, refined tannins (decant for 30 min) and a long overoaked finish. Ready to drink now or can be cellared standing up (screw cap) for another 5-10 years. Drink-how: it is quite overpowering for most foods, good as a sipper - especially at parties as it has a mass appeal. My impression: NICE, 90-91 pts - though overoaked, for this level of complexity it's reasonably priced. Tasted Aug/12.
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This is another full bodied, robust wine from Wynns, with aromas of black cherry, black currant, toasty, minty, earthy, espresso roast with strong tobacco notes. On the mouthfeel, full bodied, dry, layered by dark fruit, mint and wood spices, balanced acidity and firm tannins. Good weight and length on the finish with concentrated flavours and mild tannins lingering. I opened a bottle of this wine about a year ago and found the tannins to be very aggressive, but a year later, I found this Cabernet Sauvignon drinking very well. For fans of a robust and masculine style of Cabernet Sauvignon, you will not be disappointed. This wine is a great value that is drinking like a much more expensive wine, strongly recommended. Tasted November 30, 2012.
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Very well put together wine. It's drinking very young at the moment. A wine like this needs a good ten years to develop to its full potential. It's an incredible wine for 25 bucks. Flavour, structure, balance, finish...its all there. Give it a go for sure!
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Loved it. This wine pushes all the right buttons for me... lovely purity of fruit, great balance, nicely integrated oak. Drinking beautifully in early 2014, but seems destined to sail on gracefully for years to come. So, tell me again... why do so many winemakers still insist on inferior cork closures for their reds?
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