V&A Lane shiraz seems to be on cruise control these days. It doesn't need to overtake or slow down, even if the handbrake has been hit on the very modest alcohol. This a wine of finesse. Certainly flavoursome, with its puff of perfume and spicy red and black plums infused with Pontefrac licorice. It's lighter framed in a Coonawarra context, but it has shape. A very good V&A Lane Shiraz.
95 points, Wine Companion (February 2021)
Wynns Coonawarra Estate is a wonderful producer, full stop. They make the right wines in the right style and do so at high quality levels, every year, they never seem to miss a beat. This slightly nervy, built-on-acid shiraz has both an expected tension and an unexpected softness, or flow, with redcurrant, blood orange musk and dried herb flavours washing throughout. The tension comes from the acidity and also from the tannin, which is etched rather than sheeted into the fruit, but the juicy coolness of the fruit sees it pulsing persistently out through the finish. It’s a threaded wine, of strings and wires, and its long-term future will be fascinating to watch.
93+ points, The Wine Front (September 2021)
One of the Coonawarra’s little intrigues is the cooler micro-climate that occurs around the midway point, north to south, of the region’s terra rossa soil strip, where by chance the V+A Lane traverses. This wine is sourced from vineyards along that road, and clearly they can deliver fruit to fit into a modern, cooler climate shiraz style, honing in on a bright red fruit spectrum with juicy to sticky tannins to finish, amplifying that fruit-crush feel even further. Do take note, also, of the alcohol level at 12.3% – astounding and enlightening given the wine is perfectly ripe for its defined expression. Take your time with this one – it is understated to begin yet convincing once you have taken the journey.
95 points, Wine Pilot
This part of Coonawarra which roughly bisects the region results in fruit that ripens earlier than most parts. As a result, the wine is distinctly different with slightly lighter body and more of that cooler climate leafiness. This has a spicy white pepper character on the nose overlaying the cherry and red fruits of this variety. Silky smooth and refined palate with super fine chalky tannins and a subtle lick of oak in support.
93 points, Wine Pilot
The back beat is the thing here, that resounding beat of tannin that gives this wine drive. It keeps pulsing through what is clearly going to be a late bloomer. The modest 12.3% alcohol provides a clue as to the source of this wine’s delicacy and quiet impact at this stage.
To bring it out of its shell some air is needed and a very brisk swish and swirl. Red and blue fruits begin to emerge, Asian spice is coaxed, some florals, too. Warm toasty oak is giving a sign that it’s there. It is going to take some time to shine a light on this reluctant beauty.
92 points, Wine Pilot
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.