Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon from Wynns Coonawarra Estate
The Wine Review:
The Wynns Black Labels (the 100% Shiraz and the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon reviewed here) are typically great value and often punch higher than their asking price. Generally they are wines that can be drunk now but can perform well with a few years of age. The Cabernet Sauvignon has a recommended retail price of ~$32 per bottle but can typically found for <$30.
The 2014 vintage had a perfect extended dry and mild ripening season and thus been described as a classic Coonawarra vintage. The wine itself has a deep crimson hue, straight out of the bottle it has strong oak aroma giving a leafy, cedar tone. On the palate it’s bright and medium-bodied with fine tannins that grip all the way through. It has blackcurrant and minty flavours with a hint of vanilla. Although drinkable now, it has a spike in acidity and bitterness that indicates to me it needs a bit more time to develop and mellow out.
Like Captain America, who was stored over a long period before being found and used, this is a good value wine that rewards patience of cellaring.