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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Wine Entry : Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Limited Ed (Australia)

Think that my brother got this from Australia when he was over there for exercise in 2002/2003? This has been aged for about 9 years and I’m impressed with the quality of the wine as well as the cork. Did not have any problems with the cork disintegrating, I used the traditional butterfly corkscrew rather than my fancy one, and the cork came out easily. I’m still puzzled if it is the wooden material or the corkscrew that made the larger difference. But glad that I did not need to go thro’ all the trouble of sieveing the wine. The wine retained a very deep intense opaque red colour, atypical for a wine that has cellared for about 9 years. I give this wine the thumbs UP!

Smell : The first nose is of ripen cherries, followed by a nice pleasant floatly fruity smell. Surprising there are also no oaky scents.

Taste : The wine first strikes me as a very fruity taste and smooth with no tannins, but gets more complex as it trickles down the throat, changing texture as it goes.

After-taste : Slight taste of chocolate and cigar smoke, but pleasant and non-astringent

Description at the back of the label :

Wynns Coonawarra Estate is the oldest established winery in Australia’s most celebrated fine wine region – Coonawarra. The Estate was founded by pioneer John Riddoch, who planted vineyards in 1891 and completed the estate’s famous triple gabled winery in 1896.
Coonawarra owes its unique reputation as a wine region to a thin layer of rich red soil “terra rossa” which lies over porous limestone, providing its vines with ideal drainage conditions to produce intensely flavoured grapes. These grapes also benefit from a long, slow ripening season due to Coonawarra’s cool southern climate. This is Coonawarra Cabernet at its best. Intensely varietal and tightly structured, with volumes of ripe Cabernet fruit complemented by charry French oak. Needs long term cellaring to bring out the richness and the complexity of this powerful Cabernet.



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