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Figure 1. Wyndham Estate Bin 444 Cabernet Sauvignon


Wyndham Estates, located in the renowned Hunter Valley of NSW, Australia, pride themselves on the intensity of their wines (see Wyndham estate website, 2010).  They classify their cheaper wines by “Bin” followed by a triple digit number, which designates the grape varietal.  Cabernet sauvignon, the grape that makes in Bin 444, is “one of the world’s most widely recognized red wine grape varieties”, and has apparently only existed since the 17th century when a chance crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc varietals occurred (Wikipedia, 2010).

The Wyndham Estate website (2010) shows images of large marsupials wandering amongst the vines.  It is unclear whether the beasts are browsing on the grass between the rows of vines, helping themselves to the ripe fruit, or attempting to steal a few bottles of product, stowed safely in their pouches while sproinging away at high speed.


This experiment was designed to investigate numerous characteristics of Wyndham Estate Bin 444 2007 wine including, but not limited to, aroma, flavour, colour, satisfaction and vessel design.


A 750 ml bottle of Wyndham Estate Bin 444 2007 was obtained from a local supermarket for NZ$11.99.  The bottle was opened under controlled conditions.  Approximately 100 ml of liquid was poured into clean glass vessels.  The contents of the can were decanted into clean glass vessels.  Aroma was evaluated by smelling the liquor.  Flavour was analysed by tasting the wine and discussing it with a research collaborator at great length and, subsequently, satisfaction was assessed.  The glass was held up to a standardized light to evaluate the colour and aesthetic aspects of the vessel were considered.


The results for Wyndham Estate Bin 444 2007 are shown in table 1 below.

Table 1. Characteristics of Wyndham Estate Bin 444 2007.

Characteristic Result
Aroma Summer fruit pudding with a suggestion of charred woodiness.  Similar to  those Japanese fruit candies which are wrapped in rice paper you can eat
Flavour Chunky with obvious tannins and slightly tart and bitter, but not unpleasant.  A conglomeration of red, summery fruits finished off with a splash of black pepper
Colour Deep ruby red
Satisfaction Suitable for chilly evenings while watching cooking shows on TV
Vessel Design Uncomplicated black, cream, red and gold label wrapped around a classically shaped, green wine bottle.
Legs The glass was vigorously swirled, the liquor began to form distinct rivulets after 19 seconds
Drinkability 6


Wyndham Estate Bin 444 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon does comply with the company mandate of producing wines “for people who want more intensity and sensation from their wine experience” (Wyndham website, 2010).

Having assessed the characteristics of the beverage, a more urgent line of inquiry needs to be addressed, that being the question of how a large marsupial which had stolen a bottle of wine would gain access to the liquor contained within the bottle.  Fortunately, Wydham Estate Bin 444 is secured by the use of a twist off cap.  However, with their crap forearms, twist caps could still provide problematic for the marsupial.  It is postulated that, through past experience being passed down through the generations of marsupials, they may collaborate to achieve the desired outcome.  However, it is beyond the scope of this study to confirm this hypothesis.