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Sue Hodder - Coonawara

Last week, I met three talented women in wine from Australia, Debbie LauritzWinemaker, Robert Oatley from Western Australia, Sue Hodder - Chief Winemaker, Wynns Coonawarra from South Australia and Hayley Purbrick - Manager & Brand Custodian, Dalfarras from Victoria.

Sue Hodder has been making wine at an iconic Coonawarra winery for more than 25 years, but today she’s one of Australia’s best-known winemakers, producing world-class wines at Wynns Coonawarra Estate. Quality and heritage are central to her winemaking philosophy, but it’s her forward-looking focus on sustainability and the evolution of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon that sets her apart. The Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 is made from 70 year old vines. Hodder is a “romantic for old vines”, she says – “I love rigorous interrogations of old vineyards.”

Beautiful wine filled with black fruit, black cherry with fine tannin, it’s smooth, juicy and rounded. I enjoyed it this Sunday with lamb but it could easily pair with spicy gilled salmon with coriander salsa or steak.

Available from Majestic and Harvey N £25.

And presenting, Wynns Coonawarra Shiraz 2020. Majestic £12.

Watch out for next week with Debbie Lauritz. #WomeninWineWednesday


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