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Aussie wines close to the heart

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Authored by: Sue Hodder

Winemaker for Wynns, the landmark Coonawarra winery renowned for its cabernet sauvignon, Sue Hodder shares six wines that are close to her heart.



Sue Hodder's ultimate Aussie six-pack

1. 2012 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz

The St Henri Shiraz is a gentle wine with a substantial heritage and a quiet achiever in Penfolds terms. It’s a low-oak wine, soft and refined, and an old-fashioned style.

RRP $100 | Barossa Valley | Penfolds

2. 2002 Arras EJ Carr Late Disgorged Sparkling

The Arras EJ Carr late-disgorged sparkling is complex and creamy, and a great example of just how far Australian sparkling has come.

RRP $130 | Northern Tasmania | Bay of Fires

3. 2014 Pierro Margaret River Chardonnay

This has beautiful fruit and an amazing texture. It’s equal to white Burgundy.

RRP $82 | Margaret River | Pierro

4. Morris Old Premium Rare Liqueur Muscat

This is an incredible wine by any definition – truly world-class. It has quality, freshness and balance…beautiful on every level.

RRP $75 | Rutherglen | Morris Wines

5. 2015 O’Leary Walker Watervale Riesling

I love this riesling. It’s classic of that dry Australian style we do so well.

RRP $20 | Clare Valley | O'Leary Walker Wines

6. 2015 Wynns Black Label Cabernet

This year marks the release of the 2015 vintage and 60 years of making cabernet. Wynns Black Label is a consistent benchmark of Australian cabernet that’s medium-bodied and ages well. With our more recent vintages of cabernet we’ve achieved finer, supple tannins, so you can drink them young as well.

RRP TBC | Coonawarra | Wynns Coonawarra Estate

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