Janet's New Zealand Picks
Another arch-classic cabernet from Wynns, by now a new world legend into its 57th vintage. 2012 was an average year in every way climatically, which in the world of wine is just about perfect, albeit naturally quite low yielding. The wines are more "traditional" according to winemaker Sue Hodder, "very fine and bright". Many of the vines that are included in this blend are over half a century old, and the intensity and density are palpable. I love the freshness and vibrancy, the pure fresh dark fruit flavour, the fine grained tannins, the succulent acids, even the subtle leafiness. Wood influence is minimal and nicely integrated, and overall this is fine and lithe, graceful and most importantly, highly drinkable. Don't be deceived by the perceived softness and approachability - the Black Label has a long track record of ageing beautifully. This is extreme value. Tasted February 2015.