The Coonawarra region, located on South Australia’s Limestone Coast, is home to some of Australia’s best-loved red wine producers. The region’s climate and prized terra rossa soils are known for producing bold, fruit-driven and ageworthy styles. From complex cabernet sauvignon to luscious and lingering sparkling merlot – explore the flavours of the Coonawarra region with the following four excellent wines.
2016 Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
A fruit-driven palate of mulberry and blackcurrant complimented by soft chalky tannins, subtle menthol and well-integrated French oak. Complex and well-balanced with a long smooth finish – best enjoyed with family and friends.
RRP $29 | Drink to 2030 | zema.com.au
2016 Brand’s Laira Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon
The palate is smooth and round with a base of solid-yet-fine tannins, with rich dark fruit flavours and well integrated spice and pencil shaving oak. The finish is long and persistent with lingering fruit flavours. A barbecue-friendly style, perfect with hard cheeses or red meat.
RRP $25 | Drink to 2026 | www.brandslaira.com
2017 Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Vibrant layers of cassis, mulberry and blackberry fruit with subtle hints of sage and herbs. The complex palate is framed with polished, fine-grained tannins – delicious with rosemary braised lamb shanks, a chargrilled porterhouse with chimichurri sauce or an aged Gruyère cheese.
RRP $40 | Drink to 2035 | katnookestate.com.au
2020 Hollick Estate Sparkling Merlot
The palate shows luscious flavours of fresh cranberries and raspberries, complimented by a lingering finish of raspberry and currant characters. Served chilled as an aperitif or share with friends over antipasto and hard cheeses.
RRP $30 | Drink to 2025 | hollick.com
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