Monday, March 16, 2015

Wynns Messenger Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2010 Wynns Messenger Cabernet Sauvignon is the first separate bottling from this vineyard since 1985. It achieved a lot of acclaim on release, and I was impressed by the fruit intensity as well. Drinking it now, I am less enthusiastic. The terra rossa influence still shines through on the firm redcurrant flavours, and they carry through to the back palate. The wine is quite vibrant, but the mouthfeel is less than satisfying. The fruit is quite tough, and the wine not as rounded as I would have liked. The tannins on the finish are firm, and the structure will hold for 10 years plus, but what is the point if the wine itself is not as smooth as a top Cabernet should be.

Score 91/0


kr1 said...

Hello Thomas,

Did you happen to give it the two night treatment to see if anything changed?
The fact that the fruit is tough almost suggests an over engineered wine perhaps.

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Alontin said...

Yes, I kept some for another day, and it was certainly more rounded on day 2. My overall comments would not change, though.