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

  • Ottelia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    Ottelia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    Region: SA- Coonawarra
    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...

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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,...

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  • Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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

    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 Michael Shiraz 2016

    Wynns Michael Shiraz 2016

    Region: SA- Coonawarra
    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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  • Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    Region: SA- Coonawarra
    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: 22

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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: 2

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  • Majella The Malleea Cabernet Shiraz 2013

    Majella The Malleea Cabernet Shiraz 2013

    Region: SA- Coonawarra
    Vegan-friendly Sustainably-made

    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...

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    $90.00
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  • Wynns The Banker Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    Wynns The Banker Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    Region: SA- Coonawarra
    Sustainably-made

    "This Cabernet Sauvignon represents an anecdotal point of Wynns' social history. In the early 1920’s, Wynns founder Samuel Wynn was saved from a ruthless property shark by the good nature of his bank manager who - without hesitation - rescued this...

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  • Leconfield Sydney Reserve Cabernet 2013

    Leconfield Sydney Reserve Cabernet 2013

    Region: SA- Coonawarra
    Vegan-friendly

    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

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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...

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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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  • Majella The Musician Cabernet Shiraz 2016

    Majella The Musician Cabernet Shiraz 2016

    Region: SA- Coonawarra
    Vegan-friendly Sustainably-made

    VANILLA, BLACKCURRANT AND BRAMBLE. COONAWARRA BANG FOR BUCK HERE   "Great buying. Beautifully presented." - Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front "When it comes to affordable reds for everyday drinking it's hard to go past this delicious...

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  • Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    Region: SA- Coonawarra
    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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  • Petaluma Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot 2013 Evans Vineyard

    Petaluma Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot 2013 Evans Vineyard

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    93+ POINTS - WINE FRONT! A 'top' Petaluma vintage!    "This Cabernet dominant wine is Coonawarra through and through. Black currant and plum are complemented by spice and black fruits, with cedar and abundant soft sandy tannins. Rich and...

    Current stock: 1

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  • Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    Region: SA- Coonawarra
    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...

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    $155.00
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  • Wynns Michael Shiraz 2015

    Wynns Michael Shiraz 2015

    Region: SA- Coonawarra
    Sustainably-made

    Jeremy Oliver 97 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 James Halliday 96 Points! "Coonawarra shiraz is an...

    Current stock: 4

    $140.00
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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,...

    Current stock: 2

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