Coonawarra Wine

First planted to vines in 1890, the Coonawarra district has evolved through three distinct historical periods. The first was the era of the Penola Fruit Colony, and the early settlers such as the Redman family who, by dint of hard work, brought to reality the vision of its Scottish founder, John Riddoch. They generally prospered until the First World War. That era was followed by the troubled times of the Depression and the Second World War. It was during this second period that the original John Riddoch cellars were converted to a distillery, and it was only the Redman family who were able to maintain a continuous tradition of table wine production. The third historical period witnessed the appreciation by many other investors of the truly great attributes of this small, yet magic tract of terra rossa soil. Samuel Wynn recognised the quality of the wines from the region and, through his purchase of the original cellars in 1951, initiated what was tantamount to a renaissance of the region. It was also Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • Penley Estate Pty Ltd

    Penley Estate is located in the heart of Australia’s greatest Cabernet region: Coonawarra. Owner ...

  • Henry's Drive Vignerons Pty Ltd

    During the nineteenth century establishment of the farming and wine industries of southeastern...

  • Morambro Creek

    Since 1851, five generations of the Bryson family have been involved in agriculture and the uniqu...

  • Penfolds (Coonawarra)

    The renown Penfolds winery produces wines (known as “Bins”) sourced from many parts of Australi...

  • Highbank

    The family vineyards are located only on the highest banks of terra rossa soil, overlaying the ci...

  • Majella Wines Pty Ltd

    The Lynn family have been residents of the Penola - Coonawarra district for over four generations...

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  • Nugan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Mclaren Vale Alcira 2012


    Might be my one and only chance to review this one...found it on the shelf....2012 Vintage!Pours a deep cranberry color, and starting to show rustic tones, filled with gold, rusty brown and toned cherry. Aromas are surprisingly smooth, still fruit forward, and of vanilla oak, freshly picked spearmint leaf, Earthy leather and muted peppery spice... Read More

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  • Katnook Estate Chardonnay Coonawarra Founder's Block 2014


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • This was dinner on Saturday night with friendsStarted with a platter of Salami, ... Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coonawarra was a typical 10-15 year old Cab from that region. Whilst St Hugo is part of the Pernod Ricard conglomerate, when they focus their resources on and provide top winemakers with the freedom to make great cabernet it shows big... Read More

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  • After a relatively stressful couple of weeks which included a car accident with ... ...  This is the no 1 Coonawarra Cabernet in the Wynns Range with is part of the TWE [Penfolds] empire.  Fortunately they give total control of the viticulture and winemaking to Sue Hodder who is arguably one of our best  winemakers98 was an outstanding vintage... Read More

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  • Enjoyed this one last lightZema are a good solid family winery in the Coonawarra and make very drinkable Caberenet SauvignonThe 2010 was a great vintage down there and this is a great example of a very well priced CabAUD 20-25 and will give a good 10-15 years in the cellarat 7 years old tannis had softened and it opened up well in the glass.  Wh... Read More

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  • Yes  - the June Public Holiday weekendFriday - 10th JuneI hosted a wine ... ... of a 2002 Majella Coonawarra Cabernet  which is an excellent cabernet and the benefit of 15 years of ageing showed - probably close to its peak but a great drink to finish the nightSunday 12th JuneFuture Daughter in Law left us at around 10 to head home for a 30th... Read More

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  • Aussie List1962 Penfolds Bin 60A Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Shiraz2002 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling1990 Penfolds Grange Shiraz1999 Cullen Diana Madelaine Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot2006 Giaconda ChardonnayNZDon't have a dream list   Read More

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  • 'After the newbies left'; I like that.  No sense in wasting ... ... that Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra looks like it has a picture of Trump taking a golf swing on the label.  I do see that it's a cricket bat and of course Trump has a much wider ass, but my first impression was Trum Read More

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  • RThe Eden Valley Viognier is a nice drink - Yalumba have spent time ... Drive ... Drive is a nice wine solid Coonawarra Cabernet - I think the name comes from the block being on an old cricket groundIn cricket a cover drive is a batting stroke hit at about 45 degrees on the off sode being to the right for a right handed batsmanKind of like a d... Read More

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  • We all have a favourite go to wine Mine is Riesling - Clare - Penna Lane ... ... around $25 or for a Cab Coonawarra Wynns Balck label 25- Read More

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