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

  • Balnaves The Blend Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2018

    Balnaves The Blend Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2018

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    A CABERNET BLEND PERFECT FOR A MIDWEEK BBQ!

    "Deep red colour, the nose shows soft round satsuma plum and blueberry fruit aromas with a smokey coffee/vanillan note from the oak. Medium bodied with bright red and black fruit and a spicy firm tannin finish. An outstanding example of the blend...

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  • Balnaves The Tally Reserve Cabernet 2015

    Balnaves The Tally Reserve Cabernet 2015

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    REAL REVIEW 97 POINTS! JAMES HALLIDAY 96 POINTS!

      To receive your 5% discount when you buy six bottles, please click here   "Deep, dark and foreboding in the glass, lovely colour. Aromatics of plums, mulberries, chocolate, vanilla and a bit of cedar and tobacco, there's a lot going on...

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  • Balnaves The Tally Cabernet 2015 6Pack

    Balnaves The Tally Cabernet 2015 6Pack

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    JAMES HALLIDAY 96 POINTS! Save 5% off the retail price when you buy The Tally in this six pack.

      This pack contains 6 bottles of The Tally 2015.   "Includes 4.2% petit verdot, hand-picked, a long maceration on skins, matured for 18 months in 66% new (French) Chateau barriques from Sylvain and Taransaud. The highly expressive bouquet...

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  • Ottelia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    Ottelia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    Region: SA- Coonawarra
    Farming Vegan-friendly Sustainably-made

    WINE PILOT 93 POINTS!

       A COONAWARRA CABERNET RELEASED WITH 5YRS CELLARING BY AN EXCITING PRODUCER... AND AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE!       "John Innes from Ottelia likes to age his Coonawarra Cabernet before release, which is a good thing...

    Current stock: 7

    $32.00
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  • Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    JAMES SUCKLING 97 POINTS! JAMES HALLIDAY 96 POINTS!

      "Plenty of new French oak (100%) and this stylish cabernet just takes it all in its stride. This has a highly identifiable stamp of Coonawarra with its gentle minty notes, blackcurrants and their leaves, really pristine, pure and focused. Tannins...

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    $350.00
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  • Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    Region: SA- Coonawarra
    Farming Sustainably-made

    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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  • Wynns Michael Shiraz 2016

    Wynns Michael Shiraz 2016

    Region: SA- Coonawarra
    Farming Sustainably-made

    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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    Current stock: 5

    $70.00
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  • Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    Region: SA- Coonawarra
    Farming Vegan-friendly

    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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    Current stock: 20

    $36.50
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  • Wynns Davis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

    Wynns Davis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    "Each vintage Wynns selects a premium parcel from a single vineyard to bottle separately. The seventh single vineyard release for Wynns is from the Davis vineyard in the heart of Coonawarra with the vines planted in 1957 and renovated in 2003...

    Current stock: 1

    $95.00
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  • Balnaves Entav Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    Balnaves Entav Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    AN EXCITING BLEND MADE TO DRINK YOUNG AND FRESH!    "You certainly would want to drink it now. It’s tastes lovely. So fresh. So fruit driven. So heightened by florals and unhindered by tannin, though still with excellent shape and focus...

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  • Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    Region: SA- Coonawarra
    Farming Sustainably-made

    96+ POINTS - WINE FRONT! 96 POINTS - JEREMY OLIVER!    "Strong release from arguably ‘the’ stalwart, premier cabernet of Coonawarra. It’s set to 13.4% alcohol, restraint, finesse from 2015. I remember when I remembered...

    Current stock: 1

    $155.00
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  • Wynns Michael Shiraz 2015

    Wynns Michael Shiraz 2015

    Region: SA- Coonawarra
    Farming Sustainably-made

    Jeremy Oliver 97 Points! James Halliday 96 Points!

        "Perfumed and musky, meaty and earthy, with pristine dark fruits, restrained oak and gentle, crunchy tannins. Long and supremely elegant." Jeremy Oliver, 97 Points     "Coonawarra shiraz is an interesting conversation. A...

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  • Petaluma Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot 2012 Evans Vineyard

    Petaluma Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot 2012 Evans Vineyard

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    JAMES HALLIDAY 96 POINTS! WINE FRONT 93+ POINTS!

      "76% cabernet, 20% merlot, 4% shiraz, matured in Dargaud and Jaegle French oak, as it has been since day one. A finely detailed portrait of Coonawarra cabernet framed by the contribution of the merlot and (a little) shiraz. It is only...

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  • Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    Region: SA- Coonawarra
    Farming Sustainably-made

    95 POINTS - CAMPBELL MATTINSON!    "The fruit is effortless, the tannin is sturdy, the finish is long and satisfying. Blackcurrant, violet, mint and cedar wood characters combine to form a classic whole. The reputation of Black Label cabernet...

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  • Wynns Black Label Shiraz 2016

    Wynns Black Label Shiraz 2016

    Region: SA- Coonawarra
    Farming Sustainably-made

    "A fascinating wine that is as much Coonawarra genetics, stamped across its sinuous tannins, as it is cool climate medium-bodied shiraz of blueberry, mulberry, lilac scents and sash of peppery acidity." James Halliday Wine Companion...

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    Current stock: 22

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  • Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    Region: SA- Coonawarra
    Farming Sustainably-made

    95 POINTS - JAMES HALLIDAY!  93+ POINTS - WINE FRONT!  93 POINTS - JEREMY OLIVER!    "This is sumptuous, savoury cabernet at a ridiculous price. The tannins are pristine and tight of grain; the acidity fresh and juicy; the...

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    Current stock: 15

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