There is little substance to the common refrain that cabernet sauvignon is currently out of fashion, Wynns senior winemaker Sue Hodder has told the Drinks Adventures podcast.
Hodder said the prices for good quality cabernet grapes have never been higher, while market data clearly demonstrates it has a loyal audience of wine drinkers.
“I think it is inaccurate that it’s out of fashion. Often what people talk about and what [actually] happens are two different things,” she told the podcast.
“Cabernet of course is the most widely planted grape variety in the world and arguably in many, many areas it shouldn’t be grown.
“I know that there are makers of cabernet in some areas that are not known for the variety that are struggling to sell theirs.
“But good quality cabernet is not hard to sell. In fact, it’s in very short supply.”
Sue Hodder was speaking on the eve of the 2019 Wynnsday collection launch, which features a single vineyard wine from the O’Deas vineyard, the 2016 releases of John Riddoch Cabernet and Michael Shiraz, and Black Label Cabernet from vintage 2017.
“Our 2016 John Riddoch Cabernet and Michael Shiraz continue to be deep selections from our finest parcels,” she said.
“The warmer vintage has created slightly richer wines which are unmistakably ‘Wynns’ in character.
“We are also thrilled to introduce the O’Deas 03.13, the first single vineyard release from this special vineyard, and to continue the story of Wynns Black Label Cabernet with the 2017 release, the 62nd vintage of this classic Australian Label.”
The 2019 Wynnsday Collection is available from Wednesday 2 October 2019 from fine wine retailers across Australia.
Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 – RRP $44.99
Wynns Black Label Cabernet is a true icon of Australian wine. First produced in 1954, it has a reputation for ageing gracefully and displaying excellent varietal and regional characteristics. The wine is produced from only the top-quality 20 percent of Cabernet Sauvignon fruit grown in our terra rossa vineyards.
Wynns Coonawarra Estate O’Deas 3.13 Single Vineyard Red Blend 2016 – RRP $79.99
Wynns is privileged to have some of Coonawarra’s best quality and oldest vineyards. Each year, the Winemakers select just one parcel of wine to bottle separately. In 2016, that vineyard is O’Deas 3.13. This small vineyard has its own personality and we are delighted to bottle this field blend wine from the O’Deas 3.13 vineyard. 3.13 refers to the vineyard size – 3.13 hectares.
Wynns Coonawarra Estate Michael Shiraz 2016 – RRP $149.99
Michael Shiraz is Wynns Coonawarra Estate’s best-of-vintage Shiraz and named after David Wynn’s young son. The wine is a legend of the Australian wine story with good examples of the 1955 Michael offering an outstanding experience. The wine is made in small quantities and only exceptional vintages.
Wynns Coonawarra Estate John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 – RRP $149.99
First made in 1982, the John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon is Wynns flagship wine. It is made in small quantities from the best available fruit grown on the estate’s extensive Cabernet Sauvignon plantings in the heart of the terra rossa soil. As definitive Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, John Riddoch is only made when grapes of extraordinarily high quality are available and less than one percent of the top-quality Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are included in the final wine.
Wine podcast episodes on Drinks Adventures
Canned rosé drove growth for Riot Wine Co
Wynns Coonawarra Estate winemaker Sue Hodder on Black Label Cabernet & more
Janice McDonald of Howard Park, winemaker and craft beer pioneer