Wynns Coonawarra Estate Michael Shiraz 1998 (2x 750ml),5 star Prov

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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.

Overview

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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.

Region:
SA - Coonawarra
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

"Dark red-purple; the bouquet exudes oak from every pore as only Michael can; powerful, sweet black cherry and plum fruit on the palate demands to be heard behind the fanfare of oak trumpets; prior history makes it a near certainty the wine will sort itself out, however improbable that may seem right now."

Rating 94 Drink 2015 - James Halliday, Wine Companion - Date Tasted Mar 01

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Dark red with ruby tinges.

Aroma

Ripe and exotic. Aromas of plummy fruit with layers of spice and mineral.

Palate

Ripe and generous on a velvety frame. Stylish and packed with flavours of cherry, raspberry and earthy spice. Rich, concentrated fruit with balanced oak and fine acidity guarantees longevity. An outstanding feature of this wine is its texture.