Wynns Coonawarra Estate “The Siding” Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Recommendation: A good Australian Cabernet Sauvignon that’s a GREAT value.

Winery/Producer: Wynns Coonawarra Estate; Coonawarra, Australia.

Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Coonawarra; South Australia.

Vintage: 2013

Price: $25.90 (AUS$) about $19.40 (US$) plus a $20 corking fee.

Purchased From: Australian Wine Centre; 1 Alfred Street; Sydney, Australia.

Paired With: Caesar salad with garlic and parmesan cheese. Braised beef bourguignon with glazed carrots, broccoli and creamed potato.


    He said: Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, very dark purple color with a light purple rim. Weak fruity aroma. Plum, blackberry and tart current tastes. A very dry finish with strong grippy Cabernet tannins and LOTS and LOTS of mineral. Intense, quite flavorful but a disappointing bouquet. Easy drinking before dinner, very good with the beef and extremely fruity drinking alone after the diner. I especially like the strong mineral which is unusual for a Cabernet. In a nutshell, it’s a good Australian Cabernet Sauvignon that’s a GREAT value.

    She said: So dark it’s opaque; with lots of closely spaced zippy legs. Mild disappointing aroma that lacked distinction with only a whiff of fruit. The flavor was not overwhelming either and had a noticeable minerality. The body was medium, smooth flavors and great tannins. The finish was long with both flavor and tannins adding their part. The pairing with the beef was good and became better as the wine opened up and the fruit flavor blossomed. I enjoyed the wine even more after dinner when it hit its full potential. Before dinner I rated this “OK” or better. It has a unique minerality which I discounted at first but grew fond of as I sipped after the meal.

    Comments: Purchased from a Sidney, Australia wine shop and consumed in the Britannia Restaurant on board the Cunard Queen Mary 2.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Bar code: 9 300620 000642

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