Wynns Black Label Shiraz 2010 (Coonawarra, SA)
13.5%, Screwcap, $40
Believe the hype – the 2010 Wynns reds really are that good. Brilliant even. It’s not just Wynns for that matter either. Go long on 2010 Coonawarra reds I say.
This Black Label Shiraz is a new release from Wynns, pitched as the companion piece to the iconic Black Label Cabernet.
It’s a wine that helped bring me to the wine industry teat and is to Coonawarra what the Boxing day test is to Australian cricket.
This is a delicious red too. Sure, there is heaps of grainy chocolate oak, but underneath there is wonderful, energetic purple fruit. It’s initially closed, but the more you look at it the classier it became.
What hooks you in here is the savouriness – that dry, cocoa powder oak/fruit combo which seems reserved, cool and utterly age-worthy.
It’s a little too reserved and oaky now, and there is the slightest hint of roasted fruit on the finish (which confused me a little), but otherwise it’s a genuinely great wine that’s well worth your dollars.
Would I buy it? Yes, but only for the cellar. Or hold off an buy one with a few years under its belt.