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John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

RRP (750 mL)
$150.00
750 mL
$150.00
6 x 750 mL
$900.00

Overview

Overview

First made in 1982, the John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon was conceived as a flagship wine for Wynns. John Riddoch himself was a true visionary. Amongst his many achievements are the building of the Wynns Gabled winery and the establishment of the Coonawarra Fruit Colony

John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon is made in small quantities from the best available fruit grown on the estate's extensive Cabernet Sauvignon plantings in the heart of the terra rossa soil It has become a definitive Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, made only in years when grapes of extraordinarily high quality are available, using less than one percent of the top-quality Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 2016
Country Australia
Region Coonawarra
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 13.4%
Peak Drinking Now - 2046
Winemaker Sue Hodder

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

100 points Andrew Caillard
97 points Huon Hooke
97 Points Halliday Wine Companion
95+ Points Mike Bennie
95 points James Suckling

Andrew Caillard MW

"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."

Huon Hooke

"Very deep, youthful, bright purple/red colour, saturated and dense, while the bouquet is deep and latent, ripe and dark-berried, with a lacing of walnutty oak. It's very full-bodied and firm, with abundant tannin and grip. A very big, powerful, yet elegant and well-proportioned cabernet with a big future. The tannins are very firm and very abundant - but they're good tannins and the wine will be long-lived. I'd cellar it for at least five and preferably 10 years."

Campbell Mattinson | Halliday Wine Companion

"The class of it. This is cabernet at its purest and most authoritative. It tastes of cassis, cedar wood, bay leaves and mint, though the wide spread of fine-etched tannin and the brilliance of the finish is what really distinguishes it. Superb red wine."

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Beef
Chicken
Lamb
Duck
Pasta
Veg
Spicy Food

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

Pure, focused and refined. Beautifully balanced acidity and freshness ensure that this wine will live gracefully for 30 years

Flavours and Palate

Plush and juicy ripe cassis flavours combine with a mocha like creaminess from French oak. Beautifully textured. A fine tannin line frames powerful fruit, providing all the hallmarks of a great John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon for the cellar.

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Coonawarra, South Australia

Coonawarra, on South Australia’s Limestone Coast, is a flat, isolated region almost mid-point between Adelaide and Melbourne. The area enjoys a cool maritime climate - similar to that of Bordeaux - and is renowned for its unique terra rossa soil. Rich, rust coloured soils… crimson sunburnt faces… magenta sunsets: this is red wine country! While Coonawarra is famous for its rich, minty Cabernet, the area also produces Shiraz and Merlot and surprisingly good Chardonnay and Riesling.

A very warm and dry spring led to early flowering, veraison and harvest. The 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. We describe our 2016 wines as being at the “fuller” end of our long-term Wynns Coonawarra flavour and style spectrum.

Sue Hodder - Senior Winemaker

Sue Hodder is one of Australia’s best-known winemakers and this year celebrates her 27th vintage with Wynns – making wine from wonderful, expressive fruit grown in the heart of the terra rossa. Sue commenced her career as a viticulturist and believes her early viticultural training – assessing vines, analysing mature fruit and tasting the finished wine – gave her an invaluable insight into the importance of the vineyard in quality winemaking.

Sue brings valuable experience with vintages in other noted wine regions around the world and has judged extensively in Regional, National and International wine shows. She is the recipient of many accolades including GT Wines ‘Winemaker of the Year’ in 2010 (with viticulturist Allen Jenkins); and most recently ‘Winemaker of the Year’ (with Sarah Pidgeon) at the 2016 ASVO awards.