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The Head Honcho, Coonawarra Cab 2015

The Head Honcho, Coonawarra Cab 2015

$100.00 inc GST

♥ Organically grown
♥ Vegan Friendly
♥ Low in sulphur
♥ Dry wine
♥ No residual sugar

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 2018
  • Gold Huon Hooke, The Real Review, Wine Writer

Download tasting notes PDF – 2015 vintage
Download tasting notes PDF – 2012 vintage

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Critics Review: Award winning Coonawarra Cabernet

Our The Head Honcho, Coonawarra Cab 2012 vintage was awarded:
95 points, James Halliday “Even more concentrated and focused than the Family Reserve Ambriel’s Gift, with more blackcurrant fruit and more tannins.”
• 4.5 Stars, Winestate Magazine
Intense black fruit aromas with a sweet oak lift. The palate is dark and closed at the moment with very pure varietal fruit characters and excellent tannin definition.”

Additional information


100% Coonawarra


100% Cabernet Sauvignon


Single Vineyard – Ambriel's Gift Vineyard


13.9% Alc/Vol


Diam Cork


April 2015


Made to age, drink now until 2042

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
The best of Koonara

Extraordinary wine. As good as some of the best i have had. Keeping rest for special occasions.

Decades ahead of it

It doesn’t seem fair to review this wine at such a young age, when it clearly has decades ahead of it. Blackberry fruit with secondary blueberry flavours. Cool mint on the front of the palate, building to a complex savoury profile on the mid-palate, and a nicely rounded finish on the back palate. Fine and dusty tannins. The oak still playing a dominant role, with enough acidity to carry it though many years. Rated the 2012 Vintage.

Smooth, lingering well balanced

Oh that velvet-clad sup. Heavyweight bottle! Such an entrance for this flagship $100 Coonawarra Cab. It's made from single vineyard, low crop, high intensity fruit that's aged in some of the most expensive French oak for 24 mths. Only 3 barrels and 880 bottles made the cut. It's young, at 4 yrs. And was on the more elegant end of the Coonawarra spectrum. Lots of concentrated blackberries, with glimpses of secondary characters. There's a smooth, lingering well balanced palate. Huge potential. 93.5/100 (3.9). Rated 2012 Vintage.