Wine Code Breaker #342

2017 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia

Eric Carle’s The Hungry Caterpillar was first published in 1969.  A simple story, of 22 pages, tells a tale of a caterpillar that is hungry, very hungry.  Working his way through an apple on Monday, two pears on Tuesday, three plums on Wednesday, four strawberries on Thursday and five oranges on Friday.  “But he was still hungry.”  Do you remember it now?  He gets a stomach arch on Sunday after a self indulgent Saturday.  What is not well know is that the editor in chief rejected two pages that feature the caterpillar sipping upon a glass of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon to accompany the leaf that was consumed on Sunday where he felt much better.  Here is an early draft of the two pages minus the illustration.

In the light of the setting sun, the hungry caterpillar raised a glass of 2017 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coonawarra district in South Australia.  It was a dark glorious red colour with bright purple hues flashing before his  multifaceted eyes.  Raising the glass to his nose, he noticed one piece of cassis, two bay leaves, three bushels of tobacco and four blueberries.  With a sip, he tasted five crumbs of dark chocolate, six rolled leaves of tobacco and seven bunches of herbs.  The tannins were too numerous for him to count with a fine firm sandy mouthfeel.  The palate was an elegant and expressive counterbalance to the leaf and he felt much better.


Rating95 pts
DrinkNow; 10+ yrs
TastedSeptember 2020

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