John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon has been around since 1982 and was produced to be a flagship wine for Wynns Coonawarra Estate. It is only released in the years when the grapes are of an exceptionally high quality with less than 1% of the top Cabernet grapes considered good enough for this wine.
I will repeat that. Less than 1% of top Cabernet grapes are considered good enough for this wine. That should tell you just what sort of quality we are talking about.
It is a deep, dark, glossy, inky looking wine that relished being decanted. I think even the decanter straightened its back, puffed out it’s chest and raised it’s chin out of pride to be chosen to be part of this wine.
There are dark fruits galore on the nose and palate with every facet (fruit, wood, tannins) playing a part but working beautifully together.
I found it to be quite a concentrated wine but gee it was elegant, silky smooth and long, long, long on the finish.
Okay it’s not cheap (normally) but, with an iconic wine which is given the treatment it deserves, you are paying for what you get. Quality with a capital ‘Q’.
Region: Coonawarra Price: $150 (my brother & I paid $75) Source: Bottle Shop