In our Shiraz vineyard lives the Golden Orb spider. During the summer they catch vineyard pests, which is one reason why we haven’t used pesticides in the vineyard for over ten years.
What Australia does best! Aged in French oak barrel’s for 2 years, this is a elegant cool climate Shiraz, that will age well until 2025. Our aim is to make a complex sparkling Shiraz. Cool climate Shiraz works great as a sparkling, as the mint notes make it refreshing on hot days when you still want a steak. The oak age has given some nice Christmas cake complexity, but still with fresh blackcurrants and licorice.
Food match: Christmas turkey or braised chile-spiced short ribs with black beans
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.
This wine will age well until 2030 and beyond. We are very proud of our wines - we hope you enjoy them.
2012 vintage got 93 Points from James HallidayDownload 2016 tasting notes PDFDownload 2012 tasting notes PDF
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
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.
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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.
Equal Top In Category, Winestate Magazine Qatar Airways Cabernet & Bordeaux Challenge 2018Download tasting notes PDF - 2015 vintageDownload tasting notes PDF - 2012 vintage