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Signature Coonawarra character
SERVING TEMPERATURE | 13 - 18°
CELLAR POTENTIAL | 2026
With trademark aromas of dark fruit and choc-mint and a concentrated palate of concentrated dark fruits balanced by leafy freshness and firm tannins, this is classic Coonawarra.
The 2017 season was mild throughout Australian wine regions and Coonawarra followed the pattern of slow even ripening. Not considered typically maritime, Coonawarra is nonetheless not far from the coast and cool breezes off a seasonal upwelling in the Great Australian Bight gave relief over January. Cool conditions kicked in towards the end of the season, suiting the late-ripening Cabernet, which was allowed a good hang time to develop full ripeness and flavour complexity.
The vines are a selection of locally developed Coonawarra clones and are aged between 20 and 50 years. The fruit was picked in late March, about two weeks ahead of the long-term average. The wine was aged for 15 months in a mix of old and new oak, mostly French.
Coonawarra vignerons claim they occupy the best Cabernet Sauvignon terroir in the world, an assertion undisputed by the legions of fans of their intensely flavoured yet fresh and finely structured wines.
Talk of Coonawarra always comes back to the terra rossa, but the free-draining red earth laid over thick limestone is only part of the region’s success story.
A collection of classic varieties grown in the earth that suits them best. Each wine is a reflection of their region.
The labels feature an abstract hand-print illustration designed to evoke the distinct personality of the country from which the wine originates.
This abstract hand is representative of the heart of Australia, the wildness and terroir of the land and its iconic red centre.