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The first Wynns blend (then named Cabernet Hermitage) was produced in 1969, allowing Wynns a long history with this traditional Australian-style blend. Merlot was included during the 80s and made it to the label in 1990. Malbec has also been included in small quantities in recent years, adding some vibrancy and plummy notes. To celebrate 60 years of this well-loved Wynns blend, the 2019 vintage has Malbec acknowledged on the label.
The “red-stripe” blend of four red varieties creates a versatile wine suited to many occasions. Soft fruit and judicious oak create a wine that is perfect for current drinking or medium-term cellaring. The Wynns Cabernet Shiraz Merlot Malbec is a well balanced and approachable wine, providing a true reflection of its regionality.
Rich dark notes of blueberry and black olive. Elegant red cherry and violets complete the bouquet. Hints of spicy oak and mulberry leaf add finesse and layers.
Concentrated blueberry, liquorice and ground coffee flavours give depth, with bright red cherry and boysenberry top notes adding up to a succulent, flowing, moreish whole. Versatile as ever, this classic Wynns blend is equally at home with a chicken parmigiana, nachos or steak & chips.
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Coonawarra, on South Australia’s Limestone Coast, is a flat, isolated region almost mid-point between Adelaide and Melbourne. The area enjoys a cool maritime climate - similar to that of Bordeaux - and is renowned for its unique terra rossa soil. Rich, rust coloured soils… crimson sunburnt faces… magenta sunsets: this is red wine country! While Coonawarra is famous for its rich, minty Cabernet, the area also produces Shiraz and Merlot and surprisingly good Chardonnay and Riesling.
A cool growing season with late season rain led to fresh and crisp flavours in the white wines, and red fruit and spice notes in the red wines.
Sue Hodder is one of Australia’s best-known winemakers and this year celebrates her 27th vintage with Wynns – making wine from wonderful, expressive fruit grown in the heart of the terra rossa. Sue commenced her career as a viticulturist and believes her early viticultural training – assessing vines, analysing mature fruit and tasting the finished wine – gave her an invaluable insight into the importance of the vineyard in quality winemaking.
Sue brings valuable experience with vintages in other noted wine regions around the world and has judged extensively in Regional, National and International wine shows. She is the recipient of many accolades including GT Wines ‘Winemaker of the Year’ in 2010 (with viticulturist Allen Jenkins); and most recently ‘Winemaker of the Year’ (with Sarah Pidgeon) at the 2016 ASVO awards.