'Black Label' Cabernet Sauvignon, which was first vintaged in 1954, has evolved markedly over the decades. It is arguably Australia's most recognised Cabernet Sauvignon and has more than any other, helped define Coonawarra. The wine is matured in new and seasoned French oak for 12 to 18 months.
A classic Coonawarra Cabernet with pristine dark berry/ cassis aromas, fine-grained tannins and underlying savoury nuances, it develops into a rich, chocolaty wine with age. In a super vintage, this wine can look astonishingly like a 2nd or 3rd growth Bordeaux with its pure cassis aromas and cedary complexity.
The 64th vintage. A wine of provenance. A wine of excellence. It ages superbly, yet is flattering when young. Perfect fruit at its core, with gentle flavours of cassis, blackberries and blueberries. It has depth, length and line, thanks to the fine, detailed tannins. Classy cabernet. This is up there as one of the finest to date. Bravo.
97 points, Wine Companion (February 2021)
Svelte, taut and tannin shaped, a superb wine of bold aromatics, dark berries, plum, new leather, mahogany and sage leaf characters, with flavours that echo that bouquet but dials in graphite-like minerality, a lick of malt and that swish of lacy yet firming tannin. Has a sense of darker, more brooding inkiness that some past releases, but the lift of freshness, an almost mint-and-botanical-like lick to acidity, has the wine in a-grade vitality. Totally in form. Wonderful again.
94 points, The Wine Front (September 2021)
A very deep, bright, youthful purple colour leads into a superbly ripe cabernet nose, black fruits and smoky, graphite aromas with a faint suggestion of bitumen or creosote. No greener, leafy notes at all. The wine is full-bodied yet elegantly stated, with richness and intensity and terrific palate length. There's a lovely fruit-sweet core to it. It's definitely a warmer-year Coonawarra cabernet. This is a cracking Black Label.
96 points, The Real Review (September 2021)
Produced from Wynns’ best 20%-25% fruit grown on the region’s terra rossa vineyard, the Coonawarra’s major defining geological identifier, this is cabernet elegance personified. All elements link hands in unison, deep-down dark fruit aromas, a little crushed chalkiness on the nose and on the textural side later, vitality in the black-berried pastille flavour spectrum, and a subtle chariness from well-toned oak maturation. Bring all these elements together and they gather up a distinctive power on the palate, and once you’re tuned into this you’ll see a logic and efficiency in everything going on here that spells a rare kind of vinous magic.
96 points, Wine Pilot
Oh, it does the heart good to see this wine singing such a beautiful tune these days. It remains one of my favourite Aussie cabernets for so many reasons – history and quality are two, but then there is how it almost mirrors my own journey in wine from the time I first tasted one of these. In fact I have been fortunate to have participated in vertical tastings of every wine back to that seminal 1954, and they remain among my most cherished memories in Australian wine. This has a beautiful seductive cherry and red berry aroma augmenting the cassis of Coonawarra cabernet. The palate delivers high energy and brightness as it drives to an effortlessly long finish. Highly polished and elegant with a suave poise. These wines cellar for decades if you wish.
97 points, Wine Pilot
Looking good at 64! Black Label celebrates its 64th vintage with another engaging and honest appraisal of cabernet sauvignon Coonawarra-style. It’s become the archetypal Coonawarra cabernet, the one most of us can afford, the one that many of us have grown up with and are warmly familiar with. That fact alone, carries a lot of expectation. Consider them met in the 2019 release.
Love the wine’s leafy thread that darts in and out between the black fruits and dried herbs. The joy of Black Label is that it is at once simple but also capable of revealing complexity and depth. There’s a lot happening in the glass and in a good year like 2019 it seems to explode on to the senses.
It’s almost a crime to drink it now, but the temptation is strong, the allure of cassis, dark chocolate, vanilla and well-crafted tannins all beautifully formed and running deep is there right now. It would be a shame not to indulge.
95 points, Wine Pilot
Deep colour. A beautifully balanced cool-climate cabernet with crushed blackcurrants, mulberries, hints of cedar and underlying roasted walnut, vanilla, herb notes. Inky textured wine with plentiful smooth cassis, mulberry fruits, fine grained, slightly al dente textures and attractive cedar spice notes. Finishes grainy firm with plentiful sweet blackcurrant, vanilla notes. The acidity runs neatly along the palate giving the wine attractive mineral length. A classic Coonawarra Claret style with the density, amplitude and vigour for medium to long term cellaring. A very good vintage; the 64th in this series! 14 months in new (31%) and seasoned French hogsheads (61%), barriques (26%) and vats (13%) Drinking well now but better to keep. 13.8% alc Drink now-2032+
Coonawarra enjoyed a perfect 10 out of 10 growing season. The triumph is the alcohol which gives the wine a freshness, a clarity and perfect length and balance. The best Black Label Cabernet made to date from Wynns' vast viticultural resources across Coonawarra.
98 points, James Halliday's Top 100 Wines of 2021
CoonawarraThe first vines were planted in Coonawarra by John Riddoch in 1890, however it was not until the renewed interest in table wine production in the 1950's that Coonawarra was brought into the limelight. Located almost 380 km southeast of Adelaide, Coonawarra is today one of the most famous red wine regions in Australia. Its weathered limestone terra rossa soils, avaibility of water and relatively cool maritime climate make it a unique viticultural region. Extremely flat and unprotected, Coonawarra is exposed both to the swinging influences of the cool Great Southern Ocean and hot, dry northerly winds. Spring frosts also pose a major threat with the potential to wipe out entire crops. Mechanical harvesting is widely employed in the region although smaller producers prefer to tend their vines by hand. Coonawarra is best known for classically-styled Cabernet Sauvignon, although in good years, Shiraz from the region is also very compelling.