1982 Vintage

Having had quite a few vintages of Wynn’s flagship cabernet I have to say overall it has been particularly hit and miss as opposed to the less esteemed and more reliable standard Black label. I am reliably informed that there was a problem with the specific corks they were using with Riddoch, but occasionally sound one’s slip through. This bottle directly followed a spectacular 1954 White label cabernet, which I scored 98 and clearly was one of the best Australian clarets I have drunk. The 1982 dark in colour, displayed herbaceous and cigar box characters on the nose with a very subtle, elegant and velvety palette of tobacco spectrum. I can only reference it against the best of the previous vintages tasted and given the issue raised I can confidently say that 1982 is easily the pick (94 points 14/11/07).

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