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2016 John Riddoch
Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Wynns flagship wine is an homage to pioneering founder, John Riddoch, who first recognised the potential of Coonawarra as a wine region  in the 1890s. The uniquely iron-rich red soil, 'Terra Rossa', extends over an area just 1km wide and 15km long and benefits from a limestone sub-soil, which retains moisture during long periods of drought. The area is cooler than Barossa and the Cabernets produced here have become famous for their structure and ageing potential. I've tasted vintages which were hitting their stride some 20-30 years from bottling. Only 1% of Wynns Cabernet fruit goes into the production of John Riddoch. The first vintage was 1982 and since then it has gone on to become one of Australia's most iconic wines. Not surprisingly, it is a hard wine to find and this is the first vintage we have secured an opening allocation. Please click the links to order online. We expect to ship late Autumn 2020. 

2016 Wynns, John Riddoch 

36 Bot @ £400 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£496.07 duty & VAT paid

Deep crimson. Lovely pure blackcurrant elderberry herb garden aromas with hints of espresso/ roasted chestnut notes. Beautiful concentrated wine with blackcurrant elderberry chinotto herb flavours, fine-grained and plentiful yet vigorous tannins, superb mid palate richness and integrated roasted chestnut/ cedar oak notes. Finishes chalky firm with a long inky/ graphite plume. Made for the long haul. Powerfully expressive yet unforced wine with superb vinosity, richness, density and volume. Superb. The fruit derives from the V&A (Victoria & Albert) and Nursery Vineyards, both located on classic terra rossa soils. From a dry, mild to warm growing season. Wait a few years to let it unfold, 2025-2050.
100 points Andrew Caillard MW

From a tiny fraction (about 1% ) of Wynns' cabernet crush handled with kid gloves in the specialised winery. Densely coloured, its amalgam of cassis and bay leaf is held within a fine web of ripe tannins, the excellent vintage also helping shape a cabernet of the highest class.
98 points James Halliday

Very dark and glowing crimson. Intense and concentrated. Really fine ripe fruit almost disguises a massive amount of tannin. Very well made with a great future. The opposite of syrupy, with lovely fruit.
17+ points Jancis Robinson MW


Vintage Conditions:

2016 – one of the great Coonawarra Vintages

A very warm and dry spring led to early flowering, veraison and harvest. Warm November temperatures were ideal for good berry set, necessitating extensive green harvest (thinning) for quality. The grape ripening months of February and March were influenced by a cold water “upwelling” off the coast, but overall it was a warmer-than-average Coonawarra vintage. 2016 wines are described as being at the “fuller” end of our long-term Wynns Coonawarra flavour and style spectrum.

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