Vintage 1994 - Strong red-purple; a fragrant bouquet with the first signs of that earthy character, which is the hallmark of Coonawarra Cabernet starting to appear. A powerful mature palate, arguably the most classic for many years. There is layer-upon-layer of fruit flavour perfectly matched by vanillin oak, and supported by long, lingering tannins. A multiple trophy and gold medal winner at major Australian wine shows. Retasted October 1997; similar notes
Vintage 1994 - The best and most refined John Riddoch for some seasons and a clear move away from the porty, extracted styles of the early 1990s, this wine loses nothing for concentration and intensity of flavour. Sweet plums and blackcurrants combine with textured chocolate/cedar/vanilla oak in a richly structured but elegant palate with firm, fine-grained tannins. It finishes quite savoury, with exceptional length. A wine for enjoyment as much as for admiration.