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: Petaluma



For more winery information see listing in Adelaide Hills region

Adelaide Hills Petaluma bought this Coonawarra vineyard off the late wine legend, Len Evans, in 1978. The vineyard is now known as the Evans Vineyard.

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)

Latest Reviews

Petaluma Evans Vineyard Coonawarra 2012

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2027+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, mainly Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and a dash of Shiraz, aromatic and intense cassis, mulberry and dark plums with violet florals and a touch of sage, the palate is gamy and medium bodied with great length, the tannins are firm, powdery and drying, the oak regime is both spicy and savoury (****1/2)

Petaluma Merlot 2012

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015,  firm and slightly leathery cassis, glazed black cherry and plumcake with peppery spice and savoury meat notes, medium-full bodied with good length but rather drying, astringent tannins, charry cigar box finish  (****)

Petaluma Essence Botrytis Semillon 2010

Purchased: Not ($45 fpr 375 ml)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, rare special release, rather sweet at 174 gms/l residual sugar, good floral nose, spicy and viscous lemon barley, buttercotch, apricot, orange, char and glazed tropical fruits, very good persistence and racy acid balance (*****)

Petaluma Evans Vineyard Coonawarra 2010

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2030+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, fragrant, tightly packed blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 4% Shiraz, mulberry, cassis and plumcake with violet, mint leaf and leather notes, deeply fruited medium-full bodied palate is infused with drying dusty tannin and spicy cedar/chocolate oak (****1/2)

Petaluma Merlot 2010

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2021+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014,plush and ripe glazed cherry, blackberry and plumcake with leather, anise and chocolate notes, some emergent savoury game complexity evolving, infused with dusty tannins and charry oak, medium-high acidity (****)

Petaluma Coonawarra Merlot 2008

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2012, plush and fairly concentrated mulberry and glazed cherry with olive, game and liquorice notes, glycerolly with underlying slaty minerality, firm, splintery tannins,  lightly charred vanilla/cedar/vanilla oak (****)

Petaluma Coonawarra Merlot 2006

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, plump and fairly concentrated sour edged mulberry, plum and blueberry with menthol, olive and liquorice notes, glycerolly and savoury mid-palate with firm, astringent tannins and slaty minerality, toast vanilla/cedar/vanilla oak, a serous Merlot although not as vibrant as its best vintages (****)

Petaluma Coonawarra 2008

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, slightly leafy blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 9% Shiraz, plush but tightly wound core of dark plum, cassis and mulberry with violet, mint and fruitcake notes, graphite minerality with lingering savoury and powdery tannins sitting alongside the spicy cedar/vanilla oak (****)

Petaluma Coonawarra 2002

Purchased: Not ($80 in 2011)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, from a rather cool vintage, needs some time to open up the nose, varietal, earthy and medium bodied plum and blackcurrant jube with violet, herb and menthol notes, has good fruit depth although finishes quite dry and austere with restrained mocha-cedar oak and slightly green fine grained tannin, should be drunk soon (***1/2)

Petaluma Coonawarra 2005

Purchased: Not ($65)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, unfiltered Cabernet Merlot blend with a small amount of Malbec and Petit verdot, rather ripe and blocky showing plum, prune with some flashes of cassis, violet, pepper and olive, earthy and medium bodied, firm and drying tannins with cedar, lead pencil and mocha-chocolate from 22 months in Allies and Nevers French oak inputs (***1/2)

Petaluma Coonawarra 1999

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, still quite taut and tightly packed with smooth black cherry and mulberry with a glycerolly palate showing roast meat, tobacco and dried herb notes, creamy graphite and cedar oak, long savoury tannins, still has another decade of good drinking in front of it (****1/2)

Petaluma Coonawarra 2007

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, a Cabernet Merlot blend, pre-release tasting, tightly wound and brooding blackberry, cherry and mulberry with graphite, spice and violet notes, savoury and medium-full bodied, a little riper and spirity than normal but is easily handled by the layers of chewy tannin and the complex pencil shavings/cigar box oak treatment (****)

Petaluma Coonawarra 2004

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: (GXY) Tasting: Sept 2007, a Cabernet Merlot blend, quite tightly structured and well balanced, blackberry, mulberry and dark plums with violet and briary features, medium-full bodied with complex oak handling showing cigar box and pencil shaving features, a touch of mint on the finish, great length (****1/2)

Petaluma Coonawarra Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2010

GXY) Tasting: Sept 2007, ripe plum and black cherry, medium-full bodied with black pepper although the fruit gets buried in the second half under lots of complex cedary oak, finishes with cigar box, pencil shavings and mint (***1/2)