The 4th of June marks the release of the new Wynns wines. I managed to taste today the cheaper set of the series, the Chardonnay, the 2006 Cabernet/Shiraz/Merlot, 2007 Shiraz and 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Back in the 70s, Wynns was one of the top labels of the Coonawarra. However, it lost its position as a result of excessive growth and too many young vines, as well as high yields. There is now more focus on vineyard management and the press has been more favorable in the last couple of years.
Judging by today's tasting, Wynns has a long way to go. The wines taste mass produced, the fruit is still quite weak across the board, and the wines are harsh. But then, the Shiraz is only $12 -$15 per bottle and probably compares reasonably well with wines of the same price point. It is just not a very appealing wine.
Will have to wait for the 2005 John Riddoch and the 2005 Shiraz Michael. Maybe they can turn the clock back.