89 Points James Halliday
Deep red-purple; chocolate, briar and cassis aromas mingle with strong vanillin oak on the bouquet, in a slightly less forceful mode than either the '90 or '91 vintages. The palate, too, is ever-so-slightly more accessible at this early stage of its development, no doubt a factor contributing to its three gold medals. Drink to 2009.
Source: James Halliday. December, 1994
First made in 1982, the John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon was conceived as a flagship wine for the Wynns portfolio. The wine honours pasturalist and parliamentarian John Riddoch, who was the largest land-owner in South Australia’s south-east corner. With his brother George, the two owned the freehold to more than 70,000 acres.
John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon is made in small quantities from the best available fruit grown on the estate’s extensive Cabernet plantings. It has become the definitive Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, and is arguably richer and more concentrated than any other wine in the region.
Made only in years when grapes of extraordinarily high quality are available; less than one per cent of the top Cabernet grapes are used to make it.