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.
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.
The Big Guns will age well until 2030. Here’s to you Trev.
The 2012 vintage was awarded 96 points by James Halliday and Gold at the Melbourne International Wine Competition.
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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“Friends are angels that lift you up when your wings have forgotten how to fly. Many people walk through your life, but true friends leave footprints in your heart.” So raise your glass - here’s to friends.
Part barrel ferment has given this cool climate wine layers of complexity, with guava, crisp pink lady apples and gooseberry notes.
Mount Gambier is even cooler than Marlborough in New Zealand, so the long growing period allows the grapes to develop an abundance of flavours without losing the crisp freshness of a true cool-climate grape.
This vineyard, and all our vineyards, only average four sprays per year for disease, using only organically certified products so as not to harm our delicate ecosystem.
Winner of 2017 National Cool Climate Wine Show Bronze MedalDownload tasting notes PDF
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
Ezra is the angel that encourages writers, and helps people open doors to their abilities and self expression.
No pesticides, and only 3 purely organic sprays for mildew prevention for the whole season. 100% new French oak barrels for 2 years, 0% residual sugar, and below organic levels of sulphur (89 parts per million only).
“Yielded only 2.5 tonnes per ha; matured for 24 months in French hogsheads. A complex medium to full-bodied wine with interlocking streams of fruit, oak and tannins.”
93 Points - James HallidayDownload tasting notes PDF