Wine Code Breaker #142

2012 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia

One from the archives of 2015…Homer Simpson introduced viewers to the world of topology in an episode called “the Wizard of Evergreen Terrace”. This line of mathematics considers a square and a circle to be identical or homeomorphic because a square can be transformed into a circle. Homer followed this rule by demonstrating he could transform a doughnut into sphere, albeit the doughnut had a bite out of it because Homer considered the nibbling or biting of a doughnut as a necessity. Imagine a doughnut without a bite; doh! Thus, these two shapes were proved to be homeomorphic or Homermorphic. Cabernet Sauvignon in its youth can present as a doughnut where the palate has a strong or dominating front and back plates pushing the middle into the background. At first you may seem underwhelmed yet with time, nibbling or biting of the aging process, the palate fills out more completely presenting as a sphere that is wholly satisfying.

The 2012 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coonawarra district in South Australia is a text book example of this classic grape. Dark garnet with hues of blacks and purples flashing throughout. Being youthful, this wine needs air to show at its best. The nose with swirling presents bunches of blackberries, blueberries and cassis. Minerals, herbs, tobacco and minty notes add depth. The palate is firmly structured with an apparent hole as a doughnut emphasised by the bright dark blackberries at the front and the herbs and tobacco and savoury spicey oak at the rear. The tannins are powdery, akin to talc, and supportive of a long persistent finish. With its pedigree, and the year, it is a wine that will age beautifully over many years.

Truly, a Homermorphic wine.


Rating93 pts
DrinkNow; 7-15 yrs
TastedMay 2015

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