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Monday 5 June 2023

Wynnsday wines mark a major milestone

Wynns Coonwarra Estate winemakers Sue Hodder (right) and Sarah Pidgeon (left) make a formidable pair, always producing wines of interest at fair prices.

This week's 2023 Wynnsday Collection - to be released on Wednesday, June 7 - marks Hodder's 30th vintage at the prestige estate. 

The new release comprises five elegant, medium-bodied Coonawarra red wines from what senior winemaker Hodder describes as "the outstanding 2021 vintage".

Hodder, who joined Wynns in 1993, said the new collection reflect what is destined to be a classic vintage.

Wynnsday 2023 is headlined by the 66th vintage of one of Australia’s most cellared wines, Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon, and also sees the return of Black Label ‘Old Vines’ Shiraz. 

The Glengyle Vineyard north of V&A Lane was selected as our single vineyard release in 2007, 2009 and now in 2021. 

Pidgeon, meanwhile, has made early picked cabernet and cabernet shiraz wines from the estate V&A Lane vineyards.

“The heralded 2021 vintage was cool and there was low rainfall, and no extreme heat or cold," Hodder says. "The wines have a noticeable iridescence to their colours and a similar vibrancy and depth of flavour. 

"The 2021 vintage is one that we are very proud of and one that will be cellared in Australia and indeed around the world." 

The 2023 Wynnsday Collection comprises:

Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2021; Always a favourite and a wine that offers exceptional value and reliable cellaring potential. Dark with cassis-like fruit this vintage is exceptionally elegant. $44.99

Wynns Black Label ‘Old Vines’ Shiraz 2021: A very stylish representation of cooler-climate shiraz that includes fruit from vines planted as far back as 1890. A wine of impeccable balance. $$44.99

Wynns Glengyle Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2021: The definite star of the show as the best single vineyard cabernet of the year. Inky, deeply flavoured and very varietal. $79.99

Wynns V&A Lane Shiraz 2021: This manages to be at once powerfully ripe fruited, and elegant and is made from some of the first vines to ripen each season. $59.99

Wynns V&A Lane Cabernet Shiraz 2021: The two stellar grape varieties in the region are blended  in a classic "Claret" style. Grapes were harvested on the same day and then co-fermented. Red fruits and just 12.% alcohol. $59.99

Eagle-eyed readers will note the absence of the flagship Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon. 

The 2020 vintage will be launched globally in September as part of Bordeaux's prestige La Place market offering. 

The 2023 Wynnsday Collection is on sale from Wednesday from and fine wine retailers. 

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