Patrick Tocaciu (who died in 2013) was a district veteran, with prior careers at Heathfield Ridge Winery and Hollick Wines. Wrattonbully plantings (almost 55ha) cover all the major varieties, while in Coonawarra the low-yielding Home Block (cabernet sauvignon) is supplemented by a second vineyard of 17.5ha of cabernet and smaller amounts of riesling and sauvignon blanc. Patrick of Coonawarra also carries out contract winemaking for others. Son Luke, with a degree in oenology from the University of Adelaide and vintage experience in Australia and the US, has taken over in the winery.
The story of Patrick of Coonawarra began with Patrick Tocaciu in 1990 and the purchase of his first vineyard, Home Block. During a decorated career spanning more than three decades, Pat celebrated international accolades while working as chief winemaker for several major labels before carving his own dream; we now own 80 hectares of vineyard across six classic grape varieties. Luke Tocaciu, Pat’s eldest son, joined the business in 2009 and has since taken over the reigns. Our core values revolve around community, reliability, kindness and producing compelling hand-crafted wines from estate owned and managed vineyards; our vision is to produce some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the world, with Riesling and Shiraz following closely behind. We also have plantings of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot; and dabble with “whole bunch” parcels of Pinot Noir.
All the hard vineyard work ensures that the fruit for our wines is full of flavour, allowing minimal winemaker intervention. Our wines display typical varietal characteristics of a cool climate region and are made using traditional winemaking techniques such as extended contact on skins, gentle maceration, slow fermentation and minimal fining.
Patrick has an exceptional reputation for producing Rieslings of merit, our 2009 winning Gold, Trophy & Best in Class in the Boutique Winemakers Awards whilst the 2010 took out the Gold, Trophy & Best White Wine in the Limestone Coast Wine show along with 4.5 stars and 2nd place in the 2011 Winestate Wine of the Year Awards!
Our full bodied red wines are matured in superior quality tightly grained French and American oak barrels, often for between 18 and 40 months. Delayed release to market ensures wine with a wonderful structure and smooth, fine tannin finish. Our premium Cabernets in particular will benefit from further cellaring.
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Cnr Ravenswood Lane/Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra, SA 5263
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