Full crimson-purple; the vibrant cassis of the bouquet and palate has that distinctive touch of mint that appears in many Coonawarra red wines despite the relative dearth of gum trees; the palate has excellent drive and purity, oak and tannins lined up in perfectly calculated support. 96 points, James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au
Deep, bright purple/red colour, the aromas fresh and vibrant, with mulberry and blackberry bursting from the glass. The wine is deep and concentrated with loads of bright fruit, the palate sweetly-fruited and lush, with ample tannins... It's very appealing and will cellar long-term. 94 points, Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com
From 40-year-old vines on the St George vineyard in Coonawarra. Strong scents of black berries, oyster sauce, Chinese five spice and clove-like wood aromas. Firm in texture, but a give of juicy, forest berry fruit, a little vanillin lick, long in saturating flavours. Quite ripe and sweet, but some earthy, rustic charm too... there’s something serious and elegant about this wine. 93 points, Mike Bennie, winefront.com.au
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.