Coonawarra

"Coonawarra’s agricultural history began in the mid-1800s when settlers recognised the potential of the flat, fertile plains for sheep farming and fruit growing. Enterprising Scottish settler John Riddoch planted Coonawarra’s first grapevines in 1891, thirty years after establishing a lucrative sheep farm at Penola. Thanks to the work of pioneering work of people like David Wynn and Bill Redman today Coonawarra is, perhaps alongside Margaret River, Australia’s most famous cool-climate region for Cabernet Sauvignon.

The grape varietal has found a home in the terra rossa soils of Coonawarra, producing rich, firmly structured red wines that are renowned around the world... While not unique to the region, the terra rossa of Coonawarra is Australia's most famous soil. Vivid red in colour, it is either friable subplastic clay or a shallow friable loam derived from and lying on top of a bed of soft limestone. 

The terra rossa strip is just one-kilometre-wide and runs for 12 kilometres northwest through Coonawarra. This tiny stretch of land is among the most valuable – and controversial – patches of earth in Australian wine. But rather than creating a climate of elitism this is a region where the production of world-class wines is woven into the community. Coonawarra is home to well-established names that have endured and continue to succeed alongside newer names that are reinvigorating the region. And while Cabernet holds the Coonawarra crown, there is a lot more to this classic region than first meets the eye." - Wine Australia

Map courtesy of Wine Australia

  • Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    96 POINTS - HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION!  93+ POINTS - WINE FRONT!     "One sip, you're in. Another seductive Black Label - its 63rd vintage - and it's a wow. Excellent vintage conditions have no doubt helped, but this Australian...

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  • Balnaves The Blend Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2017

    Balnaves The Blend Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2017

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    JAMES HALLIDAY 93 POINTS! "SENSATIONAL VALUE"  "68% Merlot 30% Cabernet Sauvignon 2% Petit Verdot. Deep red colour, the nose shows soft round satsuma plum and blackberry fruit aromas with a spicy vanillan note from the oak. Light to medium...

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  • Majella The Musician Cabernet Shiraz 2017

    Majella The Musician Cabernet Shiraz 2017

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    JAMES HALLIDAY 95 POINTS!  BEST RED BLEND TROPHY - ROYAL ADELAIDE WINE SHOW      "A 70/30% blend fermented in stainless steel and oak barrels, then largely matured in stainless steel. It is a freakish wine that has been selling...

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  • Wynns Gables Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    Wynns Gables Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    91 POINTS - HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION!    "Nose: Dark cherry and fragrant dusty spices, with lingering sage and thyme notes. Palate: Classic cedar, tobacco and blackberry flavours with soft but succulent acid and superfine tannins...

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  • Wynns Michael Shiraz 2016

    Wynns Michael Shiraz 2016

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    95 Points! "Luscious, dense, brooding wine but with building pucker of a fine web of tannins and sense of freshness as the last earthy chomps ebb away. Tannin superb, actually. Rich bouquet, cassis and maraschino leading clove, pepper and cedar, with...

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  • Petaluma Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot 2014 Evans Vineyard

    Petaluma Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot 2014 Evans Vineyard

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    93 POINTS - HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION!    "A typical varietal mix for this wine with this release: 57% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot, 3% shiraz. 18 months in 90% new French oak. Fragrant mulberry aromas and mint are dominant on the bouquet,...

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  • Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    96 POINTS - HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION!      "The star variety in the stable, and a step up from the other Bordeaux varieties and blends. This is sourced predominately from the older planting circa '74-'88. Dark purple-red, opulent ripe...

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  • Bowen Estate Shiraz 2017

    Bowen Estate Shiraz 2017

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    Deep purple red hues shine through in the glass and the typical spicy Shiraz fruit characters lift to the nose. The palate is generous and well rounded with soft integrated tannins. Generous Shiraz fruit structure and the integration of the American Oak...

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  • Ottelia Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

    Ottelia Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    A must try - staff pick of the month!    Ottelia sits on the historical Terra Rossa soils of Coonawarra and has an outstanding winemaker with John Innes at the helm. “Gorgeous deep garnet colour with an alluring nose of sour cherries,...

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    Current stock: 19

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  • Wynns V & A Lane Cabernet Shiraz 2016

    Wynns V & A Lane Cabernet Shiraz 2016

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    95 POINTS - JAMES HALLIDAY!  94 POINTS - WINE FRONT!     "A superlative example of this archetypal Australian blend, with the blue-fruited pulp and violet aromatics of the shiraz, melding effortlessly with a blackcurrant-herbal...

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