Review: 2011 Wynns Coonawarra Estate “The Gables” Cabernet – Shiraz

For those familiar with the wines of Coonawarra, the iconic Wynns brand and the value that their wines represent is well known. This entry level wine from Wynns is a great introduction to the region and a solid weeknight sip. Their Chardonnay is also worth seeking out. For those seeking truly exceptional wines I would check out Wynns Icon and Single Vineyard series.

Many wineries in the region struggled to make exceptional wine in 2011 due to a cold growing season which made ripeness hard to achieve. While this wine was quite enjoyable and displayed a sense of terroir, great value can predominantly be found in the best vintages. I would recommend checking out the 2005, 2010, 2012 and 2015 vintages.


Coming from the infamous Terra Rossa soils in Coonawarra this Cabernet Shiraz blend provides a great balance of sweet and savoury notes. A soft elegant wine with notes of Raspberries, red currants, creme de cassis, leather, mint and anise. Had the chance to try any other great Coonawarra wines? I’d love to hear about it.


Review: 2001 Faustino 1 Gran Reserva

Wine can be enjoyed anywhere but it’s best with delicious food and in the presence of close family and friends. The science shows that wine, and other beverages, can taste different based on where we are and how we’re feeling. I always find that wine tastes better when shared with others, all the better when it’s a truly interesting wine.


I enjoyed this delightful 2001 Faustino 1 Gran Reserva last night with BBQ’d Cedar Plank Salmon, roasted root vegetables and peach salsa. At 16 years this medium-bodied red was quite fresh and displaying enough acidity to pair well with the salmon. Cedar notes from the wine accentuated the cedar notes from the fish. Further notes of black cherries, baking spices, plum, tobacco and forest floor. Not an inexpensive wine but worth the price (in most markets).