Regions > South Australia> Limestone Coast Zone > Coonawarra region

: Koonara



44 Church St, Penola, 5277

Cellar Door: Daily

Ph: (08) 8737 3222

cellar door
The cellar door is located in the town of Penola (photo:genxywines)
Koonara label

The Reschke family have been here for a 100 years but it has only been in the last couple of decades that cattle-stud operations have had to play second fiddle to wine-making.

Dru Reschke runs Koonara with partner, Nicole, while his brother Burke runs the nearby Reschke Wines.

There are two Cab Savs, Shiraz, Riesling and the Emily May Rose.

Dru is assisted wth the winemaking by consultant wine-maker (and former chief winemaker at Wynns) Peter Douglas.

The cellar door also runs a bike hire service (about $20/day) for those wanting to cycle to the region's cellar doors.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Koonara Angelís Peak Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, juicy and flavoursome mulberry and black cherry in a †medium bodied format, earthy with a touch of liquorice and white pepper, finishes with fine savoury tannins, good acid line (***1/2)

Koonara Golden Orb Sparkling Shiraz NV

Purchased:† Not ($25)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, flavoursome sparkling blend from the warmer 2009 vintage and freakishly cold 2011 vintage, 3 years on lees, rich plumcake, blackberry jube and liquorice (2009) alongside peppery spices, raspberry and mint (2011), some clove and vanilla from the French oak, good acid balance and the dosage is subtle (****)

Koonara Ezraís Gift Family Reserve Shiraz 2010

Purchased:† Not ($30)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015,† very low yielding vines, deep colour, plump and glossy blackcurrant and black cherry with black pepper, cigar box and mint notes, medium bodied and earthy with fine tannins and plenty of charry mocha/clove/vanilla inputs from the French oak hogsheads† (****)

Koonara Angelís Peak Cabernet Sauvignon† 2013

Purchased:† Not ($20)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, fairly plump and brightly lit cassis and dark plum with mint and violet notes, the medium boded palate has some earthy tannins and juicy acidity, finishes with plenty of toasty mocha-cedar oak and open knit fine tannins (***1/2)

Koonara Ambrielís Gift Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, thereís 5% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc in the mix as well, plumpish mulberry and cassis with anise, violet and mint notes, long medium-full bodied core with a streak of graphite, rich mocha/vanilla/cinnamon oak and dusty tannins (****)

Koonara Angelís Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2012, ripe and essency blackcurrant and mulberry with eucalypt and white pepper notes, plump and medium-full bodied with ample mocha-vanilla oak from the US oak, open knit grainy oak tannins, solid BBQ wine territory (***)

Koonara Angelís Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, bright entry level style showing intense, essency entry showing cassis and ripe mulberry with eucalypt and white pepper notes, plump and medium-full bodied with ample mocha-vanilla oak from the US oak, grainy oak tannins (***)

Koonara Angelís Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, red fruits such as mulberry and raspberry flavours come to the fore although there is some dark cassis fruit lurking away, medium-bodied and spicy with some cigar box oak notes, dusty tannins, enough varietal character to be rather good value at this price point (***1/2)

Koonara Cupra’s Gift Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, light-medium bodied blackcurrant with some liquorice, mint and white pepper notes, the oak adds some cedar and chocolate notes to the finish, smooth tannins, uncomplicated food wine (***)

Koonara Ezra’s Gift Shiraz 2002

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, fairly rounded and medium bodied plum and blackberry with some white pepper and liquorice complexity, still fairly with plenty of acid and grippiness as expected from such a cool vintage but I doubt the fruit will last the distance of medium term cellaring to resolve, dusty tannins (***)

Koonara Sofie's Gift Riesling 2005

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, crisp green apple, tropical fruit and orange blossom aromas, lemony palate , dry citric finish, drink now style (***)

Koonara Cupra's Gift Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, ripe blackcurrant and vanilla aromas, sweet relecting the hot vintage and minimal irrigation water use, medium bodied palate with some varietal oak and lots of vanilla from the French oak, minimal tannins (***)

Koonara Ezra's Gift Shiraz 2003

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, austere style, blackcurrant with pepper features, light-medium bodied, palate comes across rather lean and acidic with pencil shavings notes, grippy tannins (**1/2)