Scotsman John Riddoch founded what is now Wynns Coonawarra Estate in the late 19th century. He planted his first vines in 1891 and by 1896 had completed the estate’s famous three gabled winery, an image that is reflected on the Wynns Coonawarra Estate labels to this day. It wasn’t until 1951 however, that two Melbourne wine merchants, Samuel and David Wynn, purchased Riddoch’s original vineyards and renamed the winery. Today, Wynns Coonawarra Estate is the region’s single largest vineyard holder, with the best and most established vineyards in the district. Michael Shiraz is Wynns Coonawarra Estate’s best-of-vintage Shiraz. The fruit used for this wine comes from the best vineyard sites in Coonawarra and is only made in years when the best quality fruit is available. The first Michael (then called Michael Hermitage) was a one-off from the 1955 vintage made after proprietor David Wynn noticed the outstanding quality of the wine from two particular barrels and ordered them to be bottled separately. This wine – named after Wynn’s young son – is a legend of the Australian wine industry with good bottles still offering a great wine experience. This best-of-vintage concept was revived with the superb 1990 vintage and Michael Shiraz has been produced each year (with the exception of 1992 and 1995) since then.
Inky black red with a vibrant purple hue. The bouquet shows lifted aromas of red cherries with hints of black pepper and cinnamon oak rise from the glass. Exactly what you would expect from an ideal, cooler region shiraz. The palate is finely structured yet powerful. Layers of fruit are framed by restrained oak, ensuring this is a wine for the long term. Fleshy red currant and plum flavours flood across the palate, leading to a delicate creamy and spicy oak finish.