Ranked #11 of 16 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra
Concentrated red with little brick and a trace of purple; some black olive, toasty, roasty, smoky and earthy berry aromas. Rich, deep, fleshy palate with good concentration and drive. Supple and balanced, high-extract, very satisfying.
Drink: 2017 to 2031
93 Points James Halliday
A complex interaction of blackberry fruit and French oak; rich but supple fruit and ripe tannins; complete, well balanced. Drink to 2016.
Source: James Halliday. October, 2003
See my review on this brand on the 2004 vintage.
I reviewed this vintage for the 750ml. Being a magnum, there is the usual effect on maturation. The common equation is to add about 40% to the predictions.I would add that the larger volume vessel will help this wine considerably,by giving it more definition,due to the suual slower maturation.
See my in-depth appraisal on this brand in my review on the Wynns 2004 cabernet savignon.The 2001 is close to it's peak.As such it may be drinking relatively better than other recent vintages right now.Wynns decision not to produce the elite John Riddoch in 2001, has certainly helped this vintage attain a high standard.I feel this vintage belongs in the company of the previous decade, in a stylistic sense,as chocolate, & more earthy characters come to prominence.In short a good & interesting Black Label,but not a great one.Considering the challenges of the vintage,a very good outcome.