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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  • Merlot

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Penfolds (Coonawarra)

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

  • Penley Estate Pty Ltd

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

  • Morambro Creek

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

  • Parker Coonawarra Estate

    Parker Coonawarra Estate has achieved an unmatched reputation both within Australia and overseas ...

  • Majella Wines Pty Ltd

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

  • Henry's Drive Vignerons Pty Ltd

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

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Coonawarra on Snooth

  • Wolf Blass Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Gold Label 2005

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    Opens with vanilla and chocolate mint, then more vanilla and all spice/baking spice, then strawberry, raspberry, and violets. Bit of vanilla, tobacco, and cedar and a long long finish of blackberry, currant, plum, and medium oak. Very soft tannins and big rounded mouthful. Delightful. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Cabernet Sauvignon Katnook Founder's Block Coonawarra 2009

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Brand's Laira One Seven One Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra 2009

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    Blackberry and black pepper aromas with black currant, molasses and brown sugar, and a slight herbal note. Juicy and ripe blackberry flavors with dusty vanilla, tobacco and leather notes. Very smooth mouthfeel with good structure in the mouth supporting the acidity and flavors. Finishes clean and long, with intensity dropping off but lingering l... Read More

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  • I was only recommending the larger brands because I assumed the jug wines were ... wines were ... Giorgio from Coonawarra do Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz  and his Frank Red from moderate price points to more expensive. https://www.digiorgio.com.au/catalogue/product_category.php?category=1&sel_start=15Tyrrells Lost Block Cabernet Sauvignon 20... Read More

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  • Penley Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Coonawarra Chertsey 2008

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    wine searcher shows only one source in US Read More

    Wine review by rlapolla


  • Definitely Langtons is your premium, top end wine, reliable shipper. But they ... ... of the Balnaves Tally Coonawarra Cab Sav for about A$1000 ( -$100 to $200  GST,WET refund  + $15 Insurance+ $240 freight or they have an eclectic mixed Shiraz dozen for A$299 (minus $29.90 to $59.80 GST,WET refund  +$10 Insurance +$240 freight.The GST and WE... Read More

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  • DMCKER,there are a couple of Steven Harvey's in Australia, however I ... ... ... Rutherglen fortifieds, Coonawarra Cabernet &Shiraz, Barossa reds, Eden Valey&Clare Vallety Riesling, Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir, Chardonnay et al,Mclaren Vale reds, Margaret River Cabernet/Merlot, Chardonnay and SSB, Great Southern, Riesling,Chardonnay,Pinot Noir,... Read More

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  • I am another Aussie and I think you may have drunk your Leeuwin too young, or ... ... and a 2 to 3 day trip to Coonawarra, then to Melbourne and day trips to the Yarra, Mornington Peninsula,Geelong, then a several day trip to Rutherglen, the Alpine Valleys, then fly to Canberra, and a few days tasting there, then fly to Sydney and off to the H... Read More

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  • Grange is great, however I have been lucky enough to attend tastings where it ... of magnum, versus Petaluma Coonawarra 1992 also out of magnum, and the Petaluma was far more perfumed,balanced, tasty and more fun. Yes Canada is the number 4 destination for Aussie wine after the UK,US and China. Those prices are cheaper than in Australia becaus... Read More

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  • Parson's Flat Padthaway Shiraz/Cabernet Qty. Available 2 2004

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/51657 for £7.50 Henry's Drive Vignerons is a 95 hectare estate bought in 1992 by Kim and Mark Longbottom and named after the owner of the 19th century mail coach which once ran through the property in this part of South Australia.They make a selection of wines ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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