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Patrick of Coonawarra (ex Patrick T Wines)

Cnr. Ravenswood Lane/Riddoch Hwy, Coonawarra, 5263

Cellar Door: Daily (10-4.30)

Ph: (08) 8737 3687

Patrick of Coonawarra wines from the Limestone Coast Zone

Patrick of Coonawarra wines from the Wrattonbully region

Patrick of Coonawarra cellar door at a mid-winter sunset (photo:genxywines)

The Patrick of Coonawarra (ex Patrick T) brand comes from local veteran wine-maker, Patrick Tocaciu who set up Patrick T Winemaking Services.

He was born in Mt. Gambier, played Australian Rules football with SANFL club North Adelaide (as a life-long Central Districts supporter I won't hold that against him) and picked up a degree from Roseworthy.

On returning to the south-east he did stints at Heathfield Ridge and Hollicks. The viticulturalist is Rex Hutchinson, who uses biodynamic techniques.

Most of the vines (Cabernet, Shiraz, Merlot, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc) are in the Wrattonbully but there are 2 ha of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Coonawarra that come out on the Home Block label. There is now a Pinot Noir sourced from Mt.Gambier.

The name change in 2010 is to highlight the Coonawarra connection.

Inside the cellar door with our skipper, Carlene, and a friend from my Adelaide days, Natasha, working behind the counter (photo:genxywines)
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)

Patrick Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2028

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, intense, long and ripe cassis and dark plum with violet and bay leaf notes, medium bodied, earthy with a graphite streak, powdery tannins with mix of spicy American and French cedar/vanilla /chocolate oak (****)

Patrick of Coonawarra Fume Blanc 2013

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, new release, 100% barrel ferment, creamy and dusty lemon grass, lychee and passionfruit with a hint of vanilla and fresh orange peel edged acidity (****)

Patrick of Coonawarra Estate Home Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Purchased: Not ($39)

Drink: 2021+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, vibrant, complex and concentrated blackberry and mulberry with a range of white pepper, seaweed, mint and violet note, spine of grainy tannins and lively juicy acidity, unfolds with good line and length with balanced oak (****)

Patrick T Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Purchased: Not ($95)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, museum release, some mellowing but is still fresh and vibrant for its bottle age, creamy blackcurrant and blueberry with violet and mint leaf notes, infused with iodine and graphite minerality with some bottle age caramel nuances associated with the charry and spicy French oak, long chassis of slightly rounded powdery tannins, very long and elegant (****1/2)

Patrick of Coonawarra Home Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, quite dense and slightly tarry blackberry and mulberry with some blueberry, mint and violet nuances, earthy with a light dusting of white pepper and toasty oak spices, the alcohol is kept down to 13.8%, long undercarriage of grainy tannins (****)

Patrick of Coonawarra Artist Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, still brightly flavoured for its bottle age, minty and fruit-driven cassis and raspberry with violet notes, medium bodied palate is earthy, finishes with fine dusty tannins and restrained vanilla-cedar oak with a dab of dark chocolate (***1/2)

Patrick T Cabernet Rose 2008

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, a bit fuller bodied than many Roses, minerallt red cherry and raspberry with floral rose petal notes but not too sweet, light dried herb and spice nuances with a lingering chalky finish (***1/2)

Patrick T Home Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2008, tangy blueberry and blackberry with dried herb and white pepper, medium-full bodied with savoury powdery tannins, some citrus notes on the finish with varietal mint, well judged cedar, chocolate and vanilla aspects from the 30 months in French and American oak, allows the fruit from this excellent vintage to shine (****)

Patrick T Home Block Cabernet Rose 2006

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, strawberry coloured, fresh raspberry and strawberry aromas, sweet up front palate with herbal features on mid-palate, dry finish (***)

Patrick T Home Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, sweet blackcurrant, cassis and mint aromas, sweet medium bodied palate, well integrated vanilla-cedar oak, smooth, ripe tannins (***1/2)