Koonara is the name of our property in Coonawarra which has been in our family for over 100 years, and where my Gran – Emiline May Reschke – lived until she was 99.
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Here’s to you Gran.
“Oh, spectacular sangiovese. The Italian red variety was treated with the love and respect it deserves in this demure rosé. It’s an alluring pale pink, pretty, poised, playful, and complex – like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Delicate waves of strawberries and cream, cherry and raspberries dance around a sturdy, dry backbone. The wine is named after Dru Reschke’s gran, Emiline May Reschke – a fitting tip of the hat to a woman who lived until the ripe old age of 99.” 5 stars, Katie Spain, Wine Writer, The Adelaide Advertiser, 2019
Trophy for ‘Norlift Best Rosé in Show’ at the Cairns Wine Show 2019
Our Emily May Rosé 2019 vintage was awarded: Trophy for ‘Norlift Best Rosé in Show’ at the Cairns Wine Show 2019
5 Stars, Katie Spain, Wine Writer, The Adelaide Advertiser, 2019
Our Emily May Rosé 2018 vintage was awarded: Gold / 97 points International Cool Climate Awards Wine Show 2018
5 star Gold Huon Hooke – Wine Writer
Our Emily May Rosé 2017 vintage was awarded: Trophy for Best Rose at the Sydney Royal Wine Show 2017
Trophy for The Stewards Annual Prize at the Sydney Royal Wine Show 2017
Gold Sydney Royal Wine Show 2017 KPMG
Gold Melbourne International Wine Competition 2017
Gold International Cool Climate Wine Show 2017 – Class 23
Our Emily May Rosé 2016 vintage was awarded: Trophy for Best Rose of Show at the Australian Cool Climate Wine Show
♥ Organically grown
♥ Vegan Friendly
♥ Low in sulphur
♥ Dry wine
♥ No residual sugar
Koonara is the name of our Coonawarra property, where our family have lived for 100 years. When wine is aged in fine oak barrels, a portion of it evaporates - winemakers call this the ‘Angel’s Share’ - the rest is their gift to us. It was on this sentiment the Koonara angel was born.
Ezra is the angel that encourages writers, and helps people unlock their abilities and self expression.
Grown at a tiny 1 tonne per acre, and aged in the finest French oak 300 litre Hogshead barrels for 18 months before bottling.
Strengthening our vines through nutritional balance and bringing in beneficial bugs means no pesticides or herbicides have been needed or used in our Coonawarra vineyards for over 10 years.
“Deep red colour with strong purple tints. The bouquet is mineral and metallic, with a stony crushed-rock note. It has chocolate and concentrated black fruits on the palate. Some warmth and afterglow from elevated alcohol. A big wine with lots of ripe flavour and richness. Satisfying! A very powerful Coonawarra shiraz.” - 96 points, Huon Hooke 2019
This wine will age well until 2030 and beyond. We are very proud of our wines - we hope you enjoy them.
Our 2016 vintage was awarded:
Est. 1883, the Cape Banks Lighthouse is a significant orange monument 30 mins drive from our vineyards in Mount Gambier. Cool growing conditions, rocky mineraly soils, and low-yielding vines have helped create a complex wine - indeed a beacon of a Chardonnay.
2016 is, in our opinion, our best vintage yet. Organically grown grapes are starting to show the beautiful fruit spectrum of cool climate fruit.
50% new French oak Hogshead barrels for 9 months, going through malo-latic (2nd ferment) changing the malo acids into lactic acid, the same as in milk and butter, giving it a creamy mouth feel.
50% select yeast ferment - single ferment only keeping the crisp lime, pink lady apple and mineral notes. This is ‘left on lees’ (the dead yeast after ferment) and is stirred to increase flavours and complexity.
Our 2016 vintage was awarded:
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Region: 100% Coonawarra | Single vineyard
Ambriel is the angel of communication and guides us to truth and clarity.
No expense has been spared to make the best wine possible: these grapes were grown with only organic additions in the vineyard (for the past ten years), and minimal intervention, with only 4 organic sprays for the season.
A tiny 1 tonne per acre was grown, and aged in 100% new fine grain French Grand Reserve Hogshead (300 litre) barrels for 26 months.
A dense, deep mocha and blackberry wine, with velvety tannins. The colour is still a deep red with purple hues, so will hold colour well for the next 20 years.
James Halliday - Tasting notes
“Estate-grown, matured in French oak (some obviously new) for 26 months, custom made, strongly branded bottles. Deeply coloured, the flavours range through cassis, choc mint and strong pencilly oak. The tannins are substantial due to small berries and bunches - the wine cries out for time.”
94 Points - James Halliday
The Marquise (Mahr-keez) is a French noblewoman ranking above a countess, and – like this wine – shows elegance, refinement, and sophistication.
The grapes for this cool-climate Chardonnay are grown in Mount Gambier, the coolest mean maximum temperature average of any wine region in mainland Australia.
Gold AWC Vienna International Wine challenge 2013
Gold Rutherglen Wine Show 2012
4 stars Winestate Magazine
James Halliday, 94 points
“Some pretty nifty winemaking decisions have been taken including the time to pick a wild ferment, half in new French Oak (other half in tank), both components undergoing mlf, this is an elegant wine with grapefruit to the fore, but leaving space for a white peach contribution.” James Halliday, 94 pointsThe Marquise Chardonnay 2012 tasting notes