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.
$6.25 for Angel Guild members
Comes in a box of 24
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.
The piccolo is a mini version of our 750ml bottle, fabulous when you only feel like 1.5 glasses (we hear it does happen!).
The cool 2015 year has given this wine the zesty apple and pear notes. This year we've given it more complexity by adding a small portion of aged chardonnay, creating a hint of honey and butterscotch.
Food match: coconut crusted lobster medallions with chilli and lime zest on a bed of pear, rocket and mango.
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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.
"Even more concentrated and focused than the Family Reserve Ambriel's Gift, with more blackcurrant fruit and more tannins."
- James Halliday 95 points
"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."
- 4.5 stars Winestate Magazine July/August 2016
This wine is named after our little girl Alice (6 year), who loves to sing songs she has made up. Like this wine, they are beautiful in their purity and make you smile. When she is old enough, this will be our song to her.
Just 40 minutes south of our Coonawarra vineyards are our Mount Gambier vineyards. Mount Gambier is the coolest region in mainland Australia and has perfect conditions for creating excellent Riesling. Razor-sharp flint rocks rise from the thin soils under vines, and the pure underground water flows from the famous Blue Lake.
This vintage is fresh, crisp, lean with some lovely minerality and lemon/citrus characters.
Food match: Vietnamese prawn and glass noodle salad.
Awards: James Halliday 95 points, Gold Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2016, Gold Wine Showcase MagazineDownload tasting notes PDF
$39.80 (set of 4 glasses) + $15 shipping for orders under $200
This exclusive glassware range, was designed by Koonara Wines’ owner DruReschke.
This glassis virtually unbreakable. Made from the highest quality food grade polycarbonate, it looks and feels like a real glass.
This glass is tall and lightweight, and perfect to take camping, on a picnic, to a festival.