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Springing ... into Summer

Apologies all for the delay in our newsletter, but as you’ll see we’ve been pretty busy. Spring has quickly turned into Summer, but no complaints as we have had an amazing start to the season, with even local farmer's faces cracking into smiles. Rare as hens teeth.

As you can see, going organic can look messy and pretty at the same time. Clover under the vines is helping peak up the soil, adding natural nitrogen and organic humus, and the dandelions are attracting wasps – which are the good guys – as they catch the bad guys (light brown apple caterpillars) for their young. We are attempting to go completely sulphur free as well, so wish us luck…

We are very proud of our wines - we hope you enjoy them.


Dru Reschke Signature
Dru Reschke

Vineyards looking beautifully woolly, green..and organic.
Coonawarra Cup

Coonawarra Cup, 9 Jan 2014

It’s time to mount up for a great day again! The Coonawarra Vignerons will host the 33rd Annual Coonawarra Cup on Thursday 9 January 2014.

Held in the Vignerons marquee, guests will be treated to a full day of fabulous food, wine and fun. With regular features such as fashions on the field, imperials bid and the Calcutta race.

For more info contact Coonawarra Vignerons, or book

Buster sniffing out hares in the vineyard.
Winner of the cellar door comp

Congratulations Tuan Nguyen, Enfield and Alan Davidson, Sans Souci, you have won two bottles of Ambriel's Gift Cabernet Sauvignon 2010.

To enter, drop in and see our lovely ladies at the Penola Cellar Door.
  Lucy and Alice

Lucy & Alice Jewellery - New Summer 2014 collection

We are very excited to announce the arrival of the new Summer 2014 Lucy & Alice Jewellery collection.

The range has over 35 uniquely designed necklaces and bracelets, with more beautiful pieces to be launched over the coming months, so watch this space...

Orders can be made to orders@larder.com.au or by calling us on 0487 527 337.

You can also download a order form here

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Quote of the month
Humphrey Bogart – American Entertainer

“The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.”

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McWilliam’s Wine Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Cellar Aged Semillon 2006

Australians should embrace this variety – thanks to the Barossa and the Hunter Valley this wine is almost uniquely Aussie, also part due to the increase of popularity of reds in it’s home region in France – Bordeaux. And probably the only warm climate non-fortified white wine which will age beautifully.

This is amazing value for a wine of 7 years of age, and a great start to aged semillon. Young, it can be seen as a simple wine, and because of this one I didn’t take the time to understand until about 3 years ago, and now my cellar is full of it, waiting for the day it is ripe for the picking. If you like this, move up to the Lovedale 2005 or Peter Lehmann Margaret Semillon 2008.
Late night shopping winner Sally Macleod

Congratulations Sally Macleod from Naracoorte who won the $200 gift basket – pictured above with Nicole Reschke.

Penola’s Late Night Christmas Shopping

A huge thank you to everyone who came and supported the Penola's Late Night Christmas Shopping, it was a great night.

Local businesses Koonara, Must See Want Have Buy, Planet Earth Nursery, Di’s Gift and Flowers, Never Too Old, Rocky Shore Surf Shop, Local images, Habit Patch, MinkbyKandM took part to make the night a great success.

Music Emma Louise

Hailing from Brisbane, Emma Louise at such a young age is clearly talented. Her song "Jungle" hit 28 on jjj’s Hottest 100, then it was remixed to be a #1 dance hit in Italy.

Recently her song 1,000 sundowns (written about her uncle and aunty) was the song for the season final for Offspring (you know – the sad bit ladies). Watch this space…

here to go to her website.




1. This is how to drink on the beach! Remove the top and bottom of a soft drink can, slip the hollowed can over your beverage of choice and enjoy.

2. Glue old wine corks to a picture frame to make your own DIY cork board.





Miss K

Adel Fringe 2014 Miss K, Wrong.com!

Miss K is desperately trying to be a modern girl in a cyber world but she is so old skool she still spells it with a ch, has she succeeded in navigating the spam of modern existence, or is she really just wrong.com?

Miss K will be touring from the Sat 15 Feb – 1st of March. To book click here.


Prep time: 5 mins Cooking time: 5 mins Serves: 4 people

With the weather (finally) warming up here in Coonawarra, what better way to celebrate than having a traditional Aussie barbie.

4 Scotch fillet steaks
2 small Lebanese cucumbers, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
3 small tomatoes, chopped
Half a cup black olives
100g feta cheese, crumbled
Quarter of a cup olive oil
juice of one lemon

Brush the steaks lightly with oil and season with a little sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Preheat the barbecue flat-plate to hot before adding the steaks.

Cook the steaks on one side until the first sign of moisture appears. Turn the steaks once only. Test the steaks with tongs for the degree of doneness. Rare is soft, medium feels springy and well done is very firm.

Remove the steaks from the heat, cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for 2 to 4 minutes before serving. Toss together all of the salad ingredients and serve.


Here's to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one.
A pretty girl and an honest one.
A fine wine - and another one."

Dru Reschke
Koonara Coonawarra Wines
44 Church Street, Penola, Coonawarra
South Australia 5277

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