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Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2011

Wynns Coonawarra Estate

Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2011

Wynns Coonawarra Estate

Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2011

750 mL
£16.00
6 x 750 mL
£96.00

Overview

Overview

The first Wynns blend (then named Cabernet Hermitage) was produced in 1969, allowing Wynns a long history with this traditional Australian-style blend.

The “red-stripe” blend of three red varieties creates a versatile wine suited to many occasions. Soft fruit and judicious oak create a wine that is perfect for current drinking or medium-term cellaring. The Wynns Cabernet Shiraz Merlot is a well-balanced and approachable wine, providing a true reflection of its regionality.

Varietal Cabernet Shiraz Merlot
Vintage 2011
Country Australia
Region Coonawarra
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 13.5%
Winemaker Sue Hodder

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

92 Points Jeni Port, HWC

Jeni Port, HWC

"Still bright and chirpy and youthful to boot. Bright red and black cherry, a touch bramble, raspberry, blackstrap licorice and measured spice. Fast-paced across the palate with red currant and red berry crunch, merlot florals, grainy tannin. Plenty of tasty drinkability now and in the years ahead."

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

Rich notes of blackberry and black olive. Elegant red cherry and subtle florals complement and complex the bouquet. Hints of cedar and cassis add finesse and restrained layers.

Flavours and Palate

Concentrated blackberry, liquorice and coffee ground flavours converge on the base of the palate. While bright red cherry and violets fill the mid palate and add succulent fruit sweetness. Balanced, ripe tannins, fine oak handling and moderate structure add seamless length to this classic Wynns Coonawarra Estate blend.

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

map of South Australia Coonawarra

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.

Vintage Conditions

2011 is an excellent vintage. A low yielding and early long ripening season provided optimal flavor.

Winemaker team portrait

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.