Cassis/plum aromas with some smoky nuances. Richly flavoured wine with cassis/plum flavours, plenty of vanilla oak, fine grainy textured tannins with firm finish but plenty of flavour length. Very nice wine. Andrew Caillard, MW, Langton's (2002).
Most appealing ultra-clean, supple, perfectly ripened blackcurrant/cassis varietal fruit on the bouquet followed by a quite delicious palate, with excellent structure aided by cedar/vanilla oak and soft, ripe tannins. Winner of the coveted Montgomery Trophy at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2000. 95 points, Wine Advocate.
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.