Coonawarra Wine

First planted to vines in 1890, the Coonawarra district has evolved through three distinct historical periods. The first was the era of the Penola Fruit Colony, and the early settlers such as the Redman family who, by dint of hard work, brought to reality the vision of its Scottish founder, John Riddoch. They generally prospered until the First World War. That era was followed by the troubled times of the Depression and the Second World War. It was during this second period that the original John Riddoch cellars were converted to a distillery, and it was only the Redman family who were able to maintain a continuous tradition of table wine production. The third historical period witnessed the appreciation by many other investors of the truly great attributes of this small, yet magic tract of terra rossa soil. Samuel Wynn recognised the quality of the wines from the region and, through his purchase of the original cellars in 1951, initiated what was tantamount to a renaissance of the region. It was also Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Parker Coonawarra Estate

    Parker Coonawarra Estate has achieved an unmatched reputation both within Australia and overseas ...

  • Majella Wines Pty Ltd

    The Lynn family have been residents of the Penola - Coonawarra district for over four generations...

  • Highbank

    The family vineyards are located only on the highest banks of terra rossa soil, overlaying the ci...

  • Henry's Drive Vignerons Pty Ltd

    During the nineteenth century establishment of the farming and wine industries of southeastern...

  • Morambro Creek

    Since 1851, five generations of the Bryson family have been involved in agriculture and the uniqu...

  • Penley Estate Pty Ltd

    Penley Estate is located in the heart of Australia’s greatest Cabernet region: Coonawarra. Owner ...

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  • Amour have not tried that one - have had a few from Koonara 2013 solid vintage in CoonawarraRCKR Agree Barry's wines are goodPete and Sue Barry good friends of ours and their son Tom is great mates with my oldestThe Boys Tom and Sam are making some great Riesling under the Clos Clare label - worth a try if you see it your way Read More

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  • GregDean is a good bloke and yes does make some good wineUnfortunately history ... Valley - Shiraz and RieslingCoonawarra - Cabernet SauvignonAdelaide Hills - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon BlancPLus the Riverland which is our Bulk Wine regionWA has Margaret river which is Cabernet and CHardonnayVictoria has many small regions  - Yarra V... Read More

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  • Well favourite Daughters 21st went with out too much troubleThe Sangria was ... St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra2012 Wynns Black Label Cab Sav Coonawarra2012 Saltrams No 1 SHiraz Barossa Valley2008 Penfolds St Henri Shirazand possibly a few others but by 3.30am it was a bit fuzzy &nbs Read More

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  • This is a quartet of pretty good Aussie Cabernets09 Penfolds Bin 707 - Multi ... from a single vineyard in coonawarra it is the top of their cabernet tree. Beautiful well textured, balanced, nice French [i think] oak only 1-2000 cases per annum is a perfect example a excellent Coonawarra Cabernet.  99 was a mysterious year coming after the 98 ... Read More

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  • Balnaves are a well known Coonawarra producer - 3rd or 4th Generation family businessThe Tally is their top wine - around AUD80-100.In good great vintages can be outstanding an is very typical Coonawarra - very tannic when young04 was pretty good vintage and the wine could have gone another 5 years but was in a good space.  It is straight Cabern... Read More

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  • Definitely pick second from the bottom - scotch fillet as we know itWe had a ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra,Great night with great frien Read More

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  • Welcome back, Stephen. You went walkabout well longer than I did!Your ... with ... with the Balnaves The Tally Coonawarra. What can you tell us about i Read More

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  • Angoves Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra 2013

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    too cloying... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Jacob's Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Coloration that is rich, opaque, and burgundy/brown in color. Aromas that are leafy, yet of sweet jammy preserves and slightly pungent....there are also hints of cranberry, black currant and some alcoholic tendencies. Flavors follow suit, with tart cranberry, currant, woody oak and some tart, leaning towards not quite ripe berry......mouthfeel... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Pillar Box Red 2012

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    A robust wine that emits blackberry, slight oak, pepper and spice, anise and blueberry on the nose. The palate follows nicely with the blackberry and dark cherry turning slightly sweetish when then tannins push through. Good acidity lends to a full aftertaste that sails. Great wine at a modest price. Built for short term aging this bottling w... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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