|AN OUTSTANDING drop first|
released under this label in 1952.
THE SQUIRE WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT NOW
IT'S little wonder that John Riddoch had been dubbed 'the Squire of Penola' by neighbours of his vast estate at Coonawarra back in the late nineteenth century - the property covered an amazing 700 square kilometres, and from the early 1880s had been supporting as many as 160,000 sheep.
But in the early 1890s 'the Squire' decided it was time to down-size, and so carved it up into smaller blocks which he sold off to new settlers, while also planting 52ha of vineyards for himself on part of what he had kept.
After his death in 1901 those 52ha somewhat languished, until Melbourne wine merchants Samuel and David Wynn became impressed with the richness and intensity of wines still coming off the old property. So impressed, in fact, that they bought the place in 1951, renaming it Wynns Coonawarra Estate.
Just a year later they released a 1952 Shiraz under the estate's name, and a now-released 2014 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Shiraz furthers the reputation of this premium Coonawarra Shiraz under the label.
Medium-bodied with lovely flavours of red and black fruits, forest floor brambles and a cool spiciness, this 2014 is fresh, lively and rich, and has a beautifully lingering finish. At $25 it's a particularly nice choice with barbecued lamb burgers.
20 March 2017