Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia
Distinguished Langtons Classification. A piece of Australian wine industry folklore, Michael was conceived as an exclusive bottling of two exceptional barrels, it still represents Wynn's best of vintage. Named after Wynn's young son, Michael 1955 is a legend of the Australian wine industry. It gained much richness from the prior use fortified wine cask in which it was matured. Good bottles of the original release still represent a memorable tasting experience. An expression of the finest Coonawarra vineyards, only ever made in the most outstanding vintage years.
Wynn Estate was founded by Scottish pioneer John Riddoch, who planted vineyards in 1891 and completed the famous three gable winery in 1896. Vinified from the top 1% of Shiraz available to the Wynn winemaking team, Michael is a reminder that Coonawarra Shiraz at its best need never acquiesce to Cabernet Sauvignon. Assembled after a rigorous selection of the best barrels vinified from the finest parcels of the most exclusive blocks of old vines Shiraz, vintage 1990 was the first Michael to be bottled since the legendary 1955 edition. Michael is traditionally treated to an extended maturation in a selection of mostly new French oak barrels.
Deep, dark youthful red. Intense dark ripe berries and smoky oak with underlying hints of spice. Lifted aromas of mocha and vanilla from partial barrel fermentation, with mulberries and a hint of mint. Ripe berry and chocolate flavours contribute to a smooth, velvety texture. Rich and full bodied with sweet, ripe fruit flavours contained within a firm, balanced tannin structure. Excellent persistence of flavour, a salient expression of Australian Shiraz.