Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 1999
Cabernet provides the flavour, length and structure, with Shiraz imparting a spicy complexity and richness. Merlot adds softness.
It is a finely structured and supple wine showing ripe plum and spicy fruit flavours combined with soft, understated oak.
Winemaker Sue Hodder grew up in the "red center" – Australia's outback. The red soil of Coonawarra is now her home. After graduating from Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1984, Sue started in the viticultural side of the wine industry as a Grower Liaison Officer. Making detailed assessments of vines through the year, tasting and analyzing maturing fruit and following up on the resulting wines gave Sue an appreciation of the importance of the vineyard in quality wine production. Sue then made what she considers to be a logical step into winemaking. She started at Wynns Coonawarra Estate in 1993, fell in love with the winemaking region and has remained. In 1998, she became Chief Winemaker.