Wynnsday's Most Anticipated Release

Wynns Black Label Cabernet is one of Australia’s most collected and cellared Cabernets. First produced in 1954 as Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘Black Label’ has established a reputation for displaying excellent varietal and regional characteristics. It’s a range that’s produced from only the top 20-25% of Cabernet fruit available from Wynns Coonawarra Estate and is a constant favourite amongst auction circles.

While Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most widely planted grapes, it’s rare to find exceptional, age-worthy expressions of the variety. So what is it about Cabernet that makes it so elusive? Viticulturist Allen Jenkins describes how, “…as a variety, it’s different to a lot of others. It’s got a memory and if you abuse it, it holds a grudge. So you have to treat it carefully.”

Senior winemaker Sue Hodder agrees, saying, “It’s not a temperamental grape, but you have to respect it. It commands respect. And you need to respect the vineyard and you need to respect every stage of the growing and making. But if you do and all those stars align, you are rewarded immensely with a wine of great majesty and cellaring potential and flavour. And in the right area, Cabernet is unsurpassed as a variety.”

So it helps that the Wynns vineyards are situated in the right kind of area. That is, amidst the rich red terra rossa soil of Coonawarra, enjoying the region’s southerly cool climate. According to Wynns winemaker Sarah Pidgeon, the terra rossa soil is so important because of, “The way that it holds water right when the vines need it, but drains in exactly the right amounts, so that you don’t get too water-logged as part of the even growing that we get, which is really good for high quality grapes.”

“You wouldn’t be working at Wynns if you didn’t particularly love Cabernet Sauvignon,” she continues. “It’s absolutely what we do the best. In terms of the vineyards and the wines that we’re making, they are the most interesting ones that we’re doing, to see all the differences in those great vineyards.”

As a benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s no wonder that Wynns, Coonawarra and Cabernet Sauvignon are so inextricably linked. That’s why this Wynnsday’s 59th release of Black Label is so anticipated. It truly is a celebration of Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2014 vintage, which Sue describes as a “…classic year with good fruit and good line and length.”


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