My favourite teacher in a bottle of wine – Hewitson’s ‘Miss Harry’

Did you have a favourite teacher at school? Me too. And her name, was Miss Harry. She was a red headed, 40 something, passionate, inspiring woman with really plain shoes and wardrobe full of soul.

So when I found out I was going to taste a wine of her namesake I felt like I needed to straighten my shoulders, buckle up my shoe and adjust the collar on my tunic before I took a sip. I’m still so desperate to impress her.

[superquote] “Forget big Barossa reds. This is a slinky black dress, not a huge, taffeta filled ball gown.” [/superquote]

The wonderful thing was that her bottle of namesake impressed me straight back. It’s smooth and silky, with a lightly spiced flavour of dark summer berries. Forget big Barossa reds. This is a slinky black dress, not a huge, taffeta filled ball gown.

It’s a beautiful Barossa blend of five different grapes – grenache, shiraz, mourvedre, cinsault and carignan (try saying them all without smiling!?) – which is why it’s so deliciously even and perfectly charming, and not at all large or overbearing.

Drink with fresh baguettes smothered in brie and onion marmalade please. With your workbooks open. Now THAT would have made Miss Harry smile.

Price: About $24 a bottle from most leading retailers. Perfect for a special night in.

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