LINDEMAN'S PYRUS Cabernet blend, Coonawarra
Lindemans Coonawarra Pyrus is a Bordeaux-style blend sourced from the centre of Coonawarra's Terra Rossa strip, including the century old Nursery Vineyard, one of the oldest in Coonawarra. Its backbone is old vine Coonawarra Cabernet, up to 80%, fleshed out by smaller proportions Merlot, Malbec and/or Cabernet Franc.
Pyrus is a rich and supple wine of elegance and complexity. It drinks well in its youth but also has proven cellaring capacity. It is the softest, smoothest member of the Lindeman’s ‘Coonawarra Trio’, with Limestone Ridge, a Cabernet-Shiraz blend, and St George, a straight Cabernet. The 1985 Pyrus won the Jimmy Watson Trophy in 1986.
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.