The chief winemaker for Wolf Blass, Chris Hatcher, pinpoints icon producers and classic Australian styles for his round-up of wines.
Chris Hatcher's ultimate Aussie six-pack
1. 2015 Penfolds Reserve Bin A Chardonnay
Stylistically, chardonnay is the varietal that we’ve changed the most in recent years and I think Penfolds, with their Yattarna and Bin A, have led that change to a more elegant style.
RRP $100 | Barossa Valley | Penfolds
2. 2015 Coldstream Hills Deer Farm Yarra Pinot Noir
Coldstream has been making pinot noir for a long period, going back to when James Halliday started and was one of the pioneers of Australian pinot noir. I think it’s a wine that’s kept up in modern times – it’s been around for a long time but it’s still relevant today.
RRP $50 | Yarra Valley | Coldstream Hills
3. 2013 Wynns John Riddoch Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
To me, this is one of the truly iconic Coonawarra cabernets, and therefore one of the truly iconic Australian cabernets. I go back to 1982, their first vintage. I thought that wine was sensational, a new dimension of cabernet in Australia, and Sue Hodder and the team at Wynns have certainly continued that tradition.
RRP $150 | Coonawarra | Wynns Coonawarra Estate
4. 2016 Leo Buring Leonay Riesling
I think people forget how good Australian riesling is. I’ve always been a big fan of Leo Buring, dating back to John Vickory’s time as winemaker. Peter Munroe is the winemaker now and he’s bought a whole new dimension to the riesling, transforming it into a modern Australian style. The earlier wines were primarily fruit-driven, whereas Peter is looking for a bit more complexity and depth of flavour in the wines.
RRP TBC | Various | Leo Buring
5. 2014 Seppelt St Peter’s Shiraz
Australia is obviously well known for Barossa Valley shiraz, but Seppelt have been making some fantastic cool-climate styles – it really shows the diversity of shiraz in Australia. Their style is good because they’re not big wines, but they’ve got beautiful depth of flavour.
RRP $80 | Grampians | Seppelt
6. Baileys Winemaker's Selection Rare Old Topaque
Baileys have had a long history of making great fortified and in recent years, Paul Garlamberg, the winemaker there, has worked hard on reinvigorating their wines. If you look at their show record over the last two to three years, he’s starting to hit the straps of what Baileys used to be back in the ‘80s – really going back to making some fantastic fortified wines.
RRP $75 | Glenrowan | Baileys of Glenrowan
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