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 points
Straw yellow and green in colour with thick legs. Damp wood, lime & grassy on the nose. Minerally oak with lemon and lime. Missing a little on the mid-palette unfortunately but finishes crisp and dry. Rated the 2012 Vintage.
My kind of Chardonnay
Lemon and fresh floral overtones with a hint of oak my kind of Chardonnay. Rated the 2012 Vintage.
Tropical and grapefruit
A bright light yellow in colour with tropical and grapefruit enhanced by new French oak. A little sweetness with a lingering acid finish. Cellar 2020 have to leave this. Rated the 2012 Vintage.
Modern cool climate Chardy
This is what modern cool climate Chardy is all about - balance and length of flavour. Rated the 2010 Vintage.
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:
♥ Vegan Friendly
♥ Low in sulphur
♥ No residual sugar
Grown in cool-climate Mount Gambier, South Australia.
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.
Region: Cape Banks, on Mount Gambier’s rugged coastline has the perfect cool-climate and soil conditions for Pinot Noir.
The rocks under the vines are razor sharp, like teeth rising from the soil. We lose a lot of tyres, but this soil makes each vine struggle, keeping the vigour low and flavours complex.
“There is a buzz around pinot grown in Mount Gambier and there’s a good reason for it. Cool growing conditions, rocky, minerally soil, and low-yielding vines contribute to the hints of vanilla and fresh tobacco over spicy cheery notes. This is a more-ish tribute to the local landscape and begs for foggy evenings, an armchair and plenty of time to waste.” - 4 Stars, Katie Spain, Wine Writer Adelaide Advertiser 2019
"Vibrant cherry & strawberry aromas, a very smooth and ubber tasty mid weight palate, with a delightful, lingering finish. A CLASS ACT!" - Dan Traucki, wine writer
Food match: Tea smoked duck breast and roast potatoes with truffle salt.
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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
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, allowing flavours in the grapes to develop longer while still keeping their crispness. This produces rich lemon and lime Chardonnay. A complexity of minerality, flavours and long finish.
Food match: Coconut crusted lobster medallions with chilli and lime zest on a bed of pear, rocket and mango.
Silver - International Cool Climate Wine Show 2019Download tasting notes PDF - 2019 vintageDownload tasting notes PDF - 2018 vintageDownload tasting notes PDF - 2016 vintage