Coonawarra, Limestone Coast


'The Caley' Coonawarra & Barossa Cabernet Shiraz 2015

The Caley is Yalumba’s flagship and is a blend of minty Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and the fleshy berry fruit of Barossa Shiraz. This is such a baby - a case of infanticide - will live for decades. Very closed at this point with enormous potential. No doubt a great wine in the making but too expensive IMO. At the Annual Yalumba tasting at the Downs Club. — 5 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Nice, I've not seen this one in the USA.
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@Severn Goodwin Yes the first vintage of The Caley was 2012 and the 2015 being the 4th. Priced at $350 AUD. I guess Yalumba decided to release a Super Premium Cuvée like Grange Hill of Grace Torbrecks The Laird ($1000!!), Jim Barry The Armagh etc etc.

Brand's Laira

Laira Vineyards Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Strong choc mint notes with tight acid.
The cork only just held together.
This was very tightly wound and if it wasn’t for the subpar closure could’ve lived for another 15 years.
Against the tasting last year on location that bottle must have been open for days to show such generous portions of the past.
Should have bought more, we live & learn.
— 23 days ago

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St. Marys Vineyard

Bells & Whistles Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2014

First day, hated it. Way too much going on for my simple palate. Second day after opening, completely different wine - complex yes, but lucuious dark fruit, black cherry and currant mainly, with exotic floral tones that I really like. A complex but wonderful wine, given enough time to breathe. — a day ago


Claret Shiraz 1971

This wine was shamelessly young
I could not absorb this information
I tasted it 10 years ago and I thought it was good and fairly holding up; now, this is my second bottle of the month, the other wasn't perfect, but this one, mamma mia, had a freshness that you might find in a good sangiovese. This bottle could have laid down for another 10 years easily.
Maybe not super long aftertaste, but the flavors and scents are ever changing and never ending.
To buy again and keep, crossing your fingers that you put your hands on a perfect bottle like this one.
Yes, it is 1971.
— 9 days ago

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Coonawara Shiraz 2017

Dark in colour with slight hints of spice in smell, Apple notes and easy to drink. Great drop to have after work. Slightly syrupy finish. — 11 hours ago

Di Giorgio

Shiraz 2015

Intriguing Shiraz. Deep dark fruit notes, vibrant. Spicy edge, smooth finish. — 19 days ago

Gert-Jan Tammy de Weerd
with Gert-Jan and Tammy

Penley Estate

Phoenix Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Perfect with beef carpacio — 18 days ago

Wynns Coonawarra Estate

John Riddoch Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Deep Ruby with purple rim - quite youthful in colour. Coonawarra Mint but overall quite restrained, latent and promising much for the future. This will cellar for decades. Black and blue fruits on the medium to full bodied palate. Fine yet stern Tannins - Medium + Acid. Crazy to say but drinking this now is infanticide at 9 years of age. Don’t touch the next one for 3 to 4 years. One of Australia’s premium Cabernet Sauvignon Cuvées. 94 points now but will eventually score 96 and higher. — 16 days ago

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Bin 80A Coonawarra Cabernet Kalimna Shiraz Red Blend 1980

In a marvelous spot
Still fresh and so velvety
Long and harmonious
— 6 days ago

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Cabernet Sauvignon The Cigar 2012

This is a very nice 7 year old Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, earth, cedar, leather, licorice, peppercorn, spices, green vegetables, chocolates and tobacco.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and nice legs.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (1 hour). After 3 hours, earth notes come in.

Very tasty and rich, with a great mouthfeel and nice complexity.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

Aged for 22 months in French oak (28% New). Vegan.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— a month ago

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