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 Entav Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    Balnaves Entav Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    93 POINTS - JAMES HALLIDAY!    "A 79/15/6% blend and a stunning purple-crimson; aromas working overtime with florals, a touch of pepper and spice with bright red and purple fruits all following through on the medium-bodied and buoyant palate...

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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...

    Current stock: 9

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  • Balnaves The Tally Reserve Cabernet 2013

    Balnaves The Tally Reserve Cabernet 2013

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    97 POINTS - JAMES HALLIDAY!  96 POINTS - WINE FRONT!    "Hand-picked from a single vineyard; 40% long maceration on skins, matured for 20 months in new deluxe French chateau barriques (60% new). Deeply coloured, it is the...

    Current stock: 8

    $97.00
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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...

    Current stock: 4

    $32.50
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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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    $36.50
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  • Leconfield Coonawarra Merlot 2017

    Leconfield Coonawarra Merlot 2017

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    Exemplary, great value Coonawarra Merlot   "COLOUR: Deep full red with attractive crimson hues. BOUQUET: Spicy choc-mint nose with integrated subtle oak. Cabernet Sauvignon imparts a backbone of cassis overlayed with plum fruits from Merlot...

    Current stock: 6

    $22.00
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  • Leconfield Sydney Reserve Cabernet 2013

    Leconfield Sydney Reserve Cabernet 2013

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    97 POINTS - JAMES HALLIDAY!    "A true Reserve from the best rows planted 30 years ago, picked 20 Mar, in a single open fermenter, pressed before dryness to finish fermentation in new French hogsheads, matured for 29 months. This really is a...

    Current stock: 1

    $82.00
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  • Lindemans Sesquicentenary Cabernet Sauvignon 1990

    Lindemans Sesquicentenary Cabernet Sauvignon 1990

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    "This Commemorative Cabernet Sauvignon displays an elegant berry fruit nose with a well balanced rich Cabernet and French oak palate of excellent structure and length. In a series of very good Coonawarra vintages, 1990 was outstanding. A classic in...

    Current stock: 1

    $170.00
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  • Majella The Malleea Cabernet Shiraz 2013

    Majella The Malleea Cabernet Shiraz 2013

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    95 POINTS - JAMES HALLIDAY!    "An archetype of the Coonawarra idiom and a classic in the making, this Malleea is 55% cabernet sauvignon, 45% shiraz. The fruit is sourced from the oldest vines, abstemiously selected. The extraction is gentle...

    Current stock: 2

    $90.00
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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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    $18.50
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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: 13

    $32.00
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  • Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

    Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    98 POINTS - HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION!  94+ POINTS - WINE FRONT!     "A single vineyard wine, matured for 14 months in new French oak in which it finished the final stages of its fermentation. The bouquet is laden with cassis of...

    Current stock: 1

    $395.00
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