The Big Guns is a tribute to my father Trevor Reschke, who was in the Australian national team for clay target shooting, and the state team over 20 times. More often than not you would find him shooting crows in this vineyard just before vintage. To this day crows still avoid it.
We aged this wine for 24 months in the finest French Oak barrels. From these, only the most complex flavours from the finest barrels were selected. This year only 3 barrels made the cut, creating only 100 cases.
The Big Guns will age well until 2030. Here’s to you Trev.
The 2012 vintage was awarded 96 points by James Halliday and Gold at the Melbourne International Wine Competition.
Cool growing conditions, rocky mineraly soils, and low-yielding vines have helped create a complex bouquet awash with true Pinot characters. It has hints of vanilla and fresh tobacco over spicy cherry notes.
Mount Gambier is the perfect spot to create really good Pinot. The temperatures between Mount Gambier and the most famous French Pinot Noir region – Burgundy are extremely similar. If you add all the temperatures of the growing season together (minus 10 degree base temp), it gives you the Biological Effective Degree Days (BEDD). For 1st Cru Areas of Burgundy, the BEDD is 1242 and 1245 for Mt Gambier.
Named after the Cape Banks Lighthouse, which is only 30mins drive from our vineyards, near Carpenter Rocks on South Australia’s rugged South East coastline.
Food match: Tea smoked duck breast and roast potatoes with truffle salt.
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When wine is aged in fine oak barrels, a portion of it evaporates - winemakers call this the ‘angel’s share’. It was on this sentiment the Koonara angel was born.
Mount Gambier is the coolest region in mainland Australia. This produces rich lemon and lime Chardonnay, and luscious Pinot Noir. This coupled with the minerality from the rocky flint under just 10cm of soil in our Mount Gambier vineyard, helps create a complexity of flavours and long finish.
Food match: Coconut crusted lobster medallions with chilli and lime zest on a bed of pear, rocket and mango.
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“Friends are angels that lift you up when your wings have forgotten how to fly. Many people walk through your life, but true friends leave footprints in your heart.” So raise your glass - here’s to friends.
Mount Gambier is even cooler than Malborough in NZ, so the long growing period allows the grapes to develop an abundance of flavours without losing the crisp freshness of true cool-climate grapes.
Single vineyard. Crisp apple and gooseberry notes, perfect for natural oysters, fresh salmon sashimi or chicken salad.
Pick and mix 6 of your favourite Koonara Wines and get free shipping anywhere in Australia.
Pricing per bottle of wine:
$18.95 – Flowers for Lucy Moscato
$19.95 – Emily May Rose + Angel’s Footprints Sauv Blanc
$20 – Lucy & Alice Pinot Gris
$24.95 – Guardian Angel Sparkling Chardonnay + Cape Banks Pinot Noir + The Golden Orb Sparkling Shiraz
$25 – A Song For Alice Riesling + Cape Banks Chardonnay + Wanderlust Cabernet + Angel’s Peak Shiraz
$40 – Ambriel’s Gift Cabernet + Ezra’s Gift Shiraz
$100 – The Head Honcho Cabernet + The Big Guns Shiraz