The latest in our 'Confidential' releases - a Coonawarra stalwart, recently confirmed in quality by Ned Goodwin (via Halliday) with a 96-Point nod at the release of the 2019 Wine Companion
This is, as he says, "a beacon of light for a region that has fallen under the bushel of those on western shores. Yes, the Cabernets of Margaret River and surrounds have gone from strength to strength in recent years. But Coonawarra will never lose its place in the New World Cabernet pantheon.
From a famous, long-established producer, this Cabernet gets the Rolls Royce treatment all the way from terra rossa vineyard to winery, followed by 14 months maturation in French oak barrels. The end result: A beautifully complex wine with delightful freshness that seems to jump from the glass.
This one will not disappoint. And the price? Under wraps, this is seriously good buying.
"This is a welcome return to form; a beacon of light for a region that has fallen under the bushel of those on western shores. The tannin management here, recently lacking in Coonawarra, is exemplary. Of a pure varietal clarity with cassis, bay leaf, cedar, olive and bouquet garni, strewn about a crucible of well appointed oak. Nothing is excessive. This is mid-weighted of composure. Assured."
(Ned Goodwin for Halliday)
CoonawarraThe first vines were planted in Coonawarra by John Riddoch in 1890, however it was not until the renewed interest in table wine production in the 1950's that Coonawarra was brought into the limelight. Located almost 380 km southeast of Adelaide, Coonawarra is today one of the most famous red wine regions in Australia. Its weathered limestone terra rossa soils, avaibility of water and relatively cool maritime climate make it a unique viticultural region. Extremely flat and unprotected, Coonawarra is exposed both to the swinging influences of the cool Great Southern Ocean and hot, dry northerly winds. Spring frosts also pose a major threat with the potential to wipe out entire crops. Mechanical harvesting is widely employed in the region although smaller producers prefer to tend their vines by hand. Coonawarra is best known for classically-styled Cabernet Sauvignon, although in good years, Shiraz from the region is also very compelling.