For many of our clients and customers, when it comes to Cabernet it’s Coonawarra, always. Hewn from the ancient terra rossa soils, warmed by the South Australian sun and cooled by the Indian Ocean. Cabernet doesn’t just thrive here, it is rendered with a unique beauty that has been defining the genre since the 1960s. This mixed dozen is for lovers of the style, enduring, returning and new.
In this mixed dozen, you’ll receive three bottles each of the
Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra 2013 Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra 2017 Majella Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra 2017 Heirloom Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra 2018
Two Classified Cabs are first off the rank in this high quality, high value mixed dozen. The 2013 ‘Black Label’ from Wynns and the 2017 Majella should need no introduction. Banner wines, acting as regional style benchmarks to which the Parker and the Heirloom rise. True Coonawarra Cabernets all, sporting varietal blackcurrant and bay leaf with notes of toasty oak where the winemakers sign their names on the vintage.
This mixed dozen offer should strike a familiar note. Coonawarra Cabernet cases represent some of our most ordered (and reordered) offers. Why? Consistency. Cabernet from the region just doesn’t miss. And this mixed case will be another hit and sell out.
Investment in the vineyards in the winery is paying big dividends, viticulturist Alan Jenkins and winemakers Sue Hodder and Sarah Pigeon with total control. The colour and sheer power of the varietal expression achieved at this level of alcohol is totally admirable; blackcurrant, blackberry and black olive are welded together with powdery tannins and perfectly judged oak.
96 points, Wine Companion (January 2015)
Deep, young purple/red colour, very fresh looking - and smelling. Fruit-driven blackberry, raspberry and blackcurrant nuances, with negligible herbal high-notes. The wine is intense and powerful yet also very elegant - moreso than the 2012 - and the fruit does all the talking. Strong but super-fine tannins. The wine has perfect balance in all respects: oak, tannin, acid and extract as well as flavour. A great wine.
97 points, The Real Review (July 2017)
Pristine blackcurrant and bay leaf flavours come whispered with toasty, cedar wood oak. Truth is though that it tastes of Coonawarra and of cabernet sauvignon and of not much else, in the best of ways. Essence of the variety and of the region. It draws confidently through the palate and is satisfying and then some through the finish.
95 points, Wine Companion (February 2020)
A firm and silky red with plum, powdered chocolate and spice aromas and flavors. Medium body. Flavorful finish.
93 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2019)
Black Label's 58th vintage is better than ever. Intense aromas, with delicious balance, long flavour, seamless feel and superfine tannins.
95 points, Sydney Morning Herald & The Age, Melbourne.
Silky with layers of dark plum,menthol and peppery spice aromas, then to a velvet palate of chocolate, cinnamon and rich bramble.
92 points + Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2020
Bright purple and youthful. Blueberry pie, mulberries and a faint whiff of cedary oak. Ethereal glide on the palate. Red fruits mixing with blue - lovely oak. It's balanced and refined. Delicious.
94 points, The Real Review (June 2019)
Opaque core with some purple hints to the rim. Chocolate, mint and black fruit aromatics. Powerful fruit, plush yet driving well across the palate. A sinew of tannins gives that length and focus with ripples of dry earth, bay leaf and blackberries coming from it. Lovely weight and drive all the way into an extended finish. Time in the glass is well rewarded too.
93 points, The Real Review (February 2021)
Sourced from a number of blocks, open and closed ferments, French oak (20% new) for around 14 months. This feels like a slightly finer, more restrained release than recent vintages. It's red-fruited rather than blackcurrant or blackberry in aroma and flavour, with mint, licorice and herbal characters in play. Will no doubt warrant higher points as it develops.
93 points, Wine Companion (January 2019)
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.