Lucy & Alice is named after our two beautiful daughters.
2016 is, in our option, our best vintage yet. Crisp, fresh lively nashi pear with oyster shell mineral tones. Hints of guava notes stemming from the time on skins and the partial barrel ferment. As it warms in the glass, hints of honey and strawberry flesh shine through.
Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are the same grape variety. Pinot Grigio is Italian, and Pinot Gris is French. “Grigio” and “Gris” both translate to grey, which is the colour of the grayish-blue fruit.
The Big Guns is a tribute to my father Trevor Reschke, who was in the Australian national team for clay target shooting, and the state team over 20 times.
More often than not you would find him shooting crows in this vineyard just before vintage. To this day crows still avoid it.
This 3 acre vineyard produces tiny, intense berries, growing only 2.4 tonnes per acre. Aged for 24 months in the finest French Oak barrels; from these, the finest barrels are selected. This year only 3 barrels made the cut, creating only 100 cases, with only 888 bottles being released.
Here's to you Trev.
"A seriously good shiraz, wielding its power through persuasion, not brute force; high quality French oak is certainly obvious, but the waves of black fruits and ripe tannins carry the oak - or vice versa. Extended cellaring will be handsomely repaid." - James Halliday 96 pointsGold Medal Rob Geddes MW, Gold Melbourne International Wine Competition 2016Download tasting notes PDF
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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. This produces rich lemon and lime Chardonnay, and luscious Pinot Noir. This coupled with the minerality from the rocky flint under just 10cm of soil in our Mount Gambier vineyard, helps create a complexity of flavours and long finish.
Food match: Coconut crusted lobster medallions with chilli and lime zest on a bed of pear, rocket and mango.
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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
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Only 250 cases were made. This is not your normal reserve Pinot. Made in the style of Grand Cru’s Pinot in Burgundy, this has no tart cherry notes of many top Australian Pinots, but soft, elegant spice and silky plums. The best barrels make all the difference.
Aged in the finest French Oak barrels for 27 months, it has created a wine which has seamless oak integration and longevity. Only 8 barrels were selected as the very best, and put into this Reserve.
Mt Gambier is the coolest region in mainland Australia. This vineyard has only 10cm of soil covering the rocky limestone, which means the vines struggle, making smaller intense berries, as well as taking on elegant minerally character of the flint and limestone rocks.
The temperature between Mt Gambier and Burgundy is extremely similar. If you add all the temperatures of the growing season together (minus 10 degree base temp), it gives you the Biological Effective Degree Days (BEDD). For 1st Cru Areas of Burgundy, the BEDD is 1242 and 1245 for Mt Gambier.
Gold - Wine Showcase Magazine 93 points, BRONZE Melbourne International Wine CompetitionDownload tasting notes PDF