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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James Halliday - Tasting notes
“Yielded only 2.5 tonnes per ha; matured for 24 months in French hogsheads. A complex medium to full-bodied wine with interlocking streams of fruit, oak and tannins.”
93 Points - James Halliday
The 2012 Coonawarra vintage is – in most winemakers opinion – one of the best Coonawarra has seen, along with good winter rains resulting in a full soil moisture profile and ample vine carbohydrate reserves.
No pesticides, and only 4 purely organic sprays for mildew prevention for the whole season.
100% new French oak barrels for 2 years, 0% residual sugar, and below organic levels of sulphur (89 parts per million only).
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A vibrant celebration of youthful chardonnay. Crisp and quite dry, it has good length and balance, alive with lemon and lime sherbet.
Mount Gambier is the coldest wine region in mainland Australia, allowing flavours in the grapes to develop longer while still keeping their crispness. This produces rich lemon and lime Chardonnay. The rocky flint under only 10cm of soil helps create a complexity of minerality, flavours and long finish.
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The Head Honcho was created from our 10 acre single Cabernet vineyard. This vineyard produces small berries full of intense flavour, harvesting a tiny 1 tonne per acre. In the 2012 vintage, it had only organic additives, and no pesticides (none have been used in this vineyard for 10 years).
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, with only 888 bottles being released. The French Oak barrels have integrated beautifully in this wine. The darkest of dark berries went into this; blueberry, cassis, and molasses over mint. Extremely long finish. The Head Honcho will age well until 2042.
“A statuesque, very full-bodied, long-term cabernet.” - 96 points Huon Hooke, 19 Nov 2018
Our 2015 vintage was awarded:
Equal Top In Category, Winestate Magazine Qatar Airways Cabernet & Bordeaux Challenge 2018