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Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon

Langton's Classification: Exceptional

Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon is the icon Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. Named after Coonawarra pioneer, pastoralist and parliamentarian, John Riddoch, this Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the very best of Wynns vast planting in Coonawarra and it only made in the years that best express Wynns strive for excellence. Arguably richer and more complex from comparable styles in the region, John Riddoch Cabernet is highly sought after and extremely limited.

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Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon

Langton's Classification: Excellent

Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon is the beacon of quality that all Australian Cabernet Sauvignon is compared to. Coming off the iconic red soils of Coonawarra, Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon is classic elegance. Chief winemaker, Sue Hodder, is able to craft a wine brimming with aromas of blackcurrant and plum that combine with spicy minty notes. The palate is well structured, long and fine. With the right cellaring condition, this could easily be a cellar gem.

Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa First Growth

Langton's Classification: Excellent

This intense, gorgeously scented, rich and voluminous Cabernet blend is typified by mocha, espresso, blackcurrant, truffle aromas, savoury new oak and fine-grained tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon dominant Terra Rossa First Growth, with a small proportion of Cabernet Franc is made along traditional Bordelais lines with extended maceration and maturation in a combination of tightly-grained new and used French oak for 20 to 24 months.

Parker Terra Rossa First Growth Cabernet Sauvignon

Founded in 1985 by John and Faye Parker, Parker Estate stands as a testament to their unwavering commitment to producing exceptional wines. The Abbey Vineyard, which lays the foundation for their esteemed wines, was planted with Reynell Selection Cabernet vines. These vines, sourced from Bordeaux in the 1800s, hold a historical significance, as they were lost to France forever due to the devastating phylloxera outbreak. Over the course of four decades, Parker Estate has garnered numerous wine show medals, trophies and accolades. This recognition includes the prestigious Five Red Star rating by James Halliday, solidifying their position as one of the most esteemed wineries in Coonawarra. Coonawarra owes its reputation as a premier wine-growing region to John Riddoch, considered the region's founder. In 1891, Riddoch, upon the recommendation of his friend and renowned viticulturist Thomas Hardy, planted Shiraz, Cabernet, and Pinot Noir vines. This visionary decision laid the groundwork for the region's viticultural success and showcased its potential. Nestled in one of Australia's first and finest cool-climate wine-growing regions, Coonawarra benefits from the maritime influence of the Southern Ocean. The seasonal upwelling of dark blue water streams from Antarctica further enhances the cooling effect, creating an ideal environment for grape cultivation. With 1492 Growing Degree Days (GDD), Coonawarra's climate is slightly cooler than Bordeaux and significantly cooler than the Napa Valley and Margaret River regions. However, it is the unique 27km long and 2km wide cigar-shaped outcrop of ancient Terra Rossa soils that truly sets Coonawarra apart. Resting above a hard limestone cap, these Terra Rossa soils provide excellent drainage, allowing the vines to thrive. Beneath the soils lies an aquifer, a remnant of an ancient seabed, further contributing to the region's distinctive terroir. Parker Estate has harnessed the full potential of this remarkable location, combining the advantages of the aquifer, cool climate and free-draining Terra Rossa soils to achieve the highest standards of wine-growing. The result is a portfolio of exceptional wines that reflect the unique essence of Coonawarra. First Growth is a wine that is exclusively crafted in select years when the growing season yields exceptional fruit quality. It is only produced when a particular vintage is determined to possess ageing potential of at least 15 years or more. The Parker Terra Rossa First Growth Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 is a remarkable wine that showcases the epitome of Coonawarra winemaking. This vintage displays a deep, garnet hue that hints at the complexity and depth that awaits. On the nose, intricate layers of blackcurrant, blackberry and dark cherry intertwine with notes of cedar, tobacco and a subtle hint of earthiness. These aromas are complemented by nuances of vanilla and baking spice, adding an enticing touch of elegance. The palate is rich and full-bodied, with velvety tannins that provide a luxurious mouthfeel. Flavours of ripe black fruits dominate, accompanied by hints of chocolate and espresso. The wine boasts excellent structure and balance, with a seamless integration of fruit, oak and tannins. As the wine lingers on the palate, it reveals its true potential, with a long, lingering finish that leaves a lasting impression. The 2008 vintage of the Parker Terra Rossa First Growth Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the remarkable ageing potential of Coonawarra wines, promising continued development and refinement over the years. This wine truly embodies the essence of Coonawarra's unique terroir, with its distinct Terra Rossa soils and cool maritime influence. It is a testament to the uncompromising commitment to quality and passion for winemaking that Parker Estate embodies. Enjoy this exceptional wine now, or cellar it for further ageing, as it promises to evolve and reveal even greater complexity and depth with time.

Reschke Empyrean Cabernet Sauvignon

Coonawarra is regarded as Australia's premier region for Cabernet Sauvignon. The Reschke properties are located on the famous strip of 'terra rossa' soil in Coonawarra and has been owned by the family for almost 100 years. The fruit selected for Empyrean is the best on their 10.8 acre site and is only made in exceptional years.

Devitt & Moore

With powerful and vibrant dark berries, and underlying notes of savoury roasted nuts and black olive, this Cabernet Sauvignon has fine tannins and integrated subdued barrel characters to deliver an intricate wine with intensity.

Thompson Steer Coonawarra Cellar Release Cabernet Sauvignon

This rich and fruit-driven wine embodies bold notes of ripe-dark fruits such as blackberry and cherry complemented by hints of pepper spice. The wine is beautifully balanced and structured.

Hardys Thomas Hardy Cabernet Sauvignon

This brilliant wine is made in honour of Hardy's founding father, Thomas Hardy. He arrived in the Barossa in 1850 and since then, Hardy's have strived to produce wines of the highest quality. This represents the pinnacle of their winemaking and viticulture. a truly spectacular wine of power and finesse.

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