Shiraz is the big player in the Clare Valley – the most planted grape variety, favoured for its richness and savoured for its vitality.
Acclaimed as one of the region’s great red wines, it can offer a spectrum of styles from bold and powerful, through lively and expressive, to deep and meaningful. One thing’s for certain – it’s never short of local personality.
Koonowla is one of the Clare Valley’s thriving treasures, an extraordinary homestead and estate with sweeping grounds, a historic gravity fed winery under refurbishment, and significant vineyard pedigree going back to the 1890s.
It is an outstanding showcase for the region’s southern gateway district of Auburn, with cellar door and function venue attractions supporting our exciting portfolio of contemporary wines.
We source superb, sustainably grown shiraz grapes from our own three vineyards that bridge the length of the Clare Valley, one in the revered Armagh district highly prized for its deeper, darker fruit characters while the other two surrounding Auburn offer a brighter red berry note.
This blending of multiple vineyard parcels provides a complex and delicious style of shiraz unique to the Koonowla estate. In the winery we honour traditional techniques and define with detailed attention each small batch, patiently matured in French oak barrels until a distinctive balance is reached.
You want a red with extras – a dash of Clare’s special charm? Taste our shiraz and you’ll discover it sip, after sip after sip.
Colour: Devilishly dark
Aroma: Super complex – crushed blackberry, olive tapenade, shaved dark chocolate
Palate: A serious, dark shiraz spectrum of flavours, black plums and berries, black olive tapenade – an estate character – with a lovely spike of fresh, crushed blackberry midway. Totally integrated oak, sticky, lip-smacking structure and impressive length.
Food: Rich meat braises, charcuterie and cheeses, vegetable tagine
Harvested: 26th February, 2018
Bottled: August 2020
Closure: Screw cap
We’re resting our reds at the moment prior to release on 7th September.