The Coonawarra Roadshow

The Coonawarra Tasting Roadshow was in town on the weekend – held at the East Fremantle Yacht Club, with sensational views across the Swan to complement the fabulous wines on display. With around 18 wineries and over 75 wines it was a lovely journey along the Coonawarra Wine Trail without leaving WA. This is always a much anticipated event with some of Australia’s most recognized wineries featuring – Wynns, Yalumba, Petaluma, Redman, Parker, Brand‘s Laira, Katnook – as well as others perhaps not quite as well known in the West but producing some absolutely top class wines – Penley, Patrick, Zema, Blok, Majella, Rymill, Balnaves – and more besides.


Some of my highlights of the day included:

Petaluma had an absolute cracker of a rosé – 2016 made from Nebbiolo – with just a slight blush and fresh, crisp tart cherry flavours; just the thing for Spring days ahead.


The 2017 Gewurztraminer from Rymill had all the spicy aromatics of the variety, rose petals and lychees abounding – gorgeous.


It was hard to resist, and I didn’t, the splendid Yalumba Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon – all under cork in an increasingly screwcap world – the 2006 showing the ageing potential of this classic.


Wynns as always impressed, particularly the 2004 Black Label Coonwarra Cabernet Sauvignon – with the 60th vintage just released in the 2015, this again demonstrates just how well these beauties develop.


Hollick had a lovely sparkling Merlot which helped set up the day, and then their 2013 Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon and its 2006 older sibling confirmed them as a notable producer of the variety.


Bowen with a lovely 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon and Rymill with the 2015 Dark Horse Cabernet also nailed it – full bodied, plush wines.


Di Giorgio Family Wines had a very fine red blend – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Frranc, the 2014 Emporio, and an excellent 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon to boot.

Di Giorgio

There were so many more – I stuck, after an initial dabble with sparkling, white and rosé – to Cabernet Sauvignon so did not get to the Shiraz or other varieties, but in those I tasted it was confirmed in my mind the preeminent position Coonawarra holds along with Margaret River and the Great Southern in production of this wonderful wine.


It was a great show, in a picturesque location, and thanks to the organizers for inviting us along. Not to be missed next year, and inspired me to have a look at getting over to SA soon to have a look around.

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