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Poonawatta Estate

PO Box 340 Angaston, 5353.

Cellar Door: Not.

Ph:(08) 8565 3248

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The core of Poonawatta’s operation is 1.8 ha of ancient Shiraz vines planted on stony soils in the 1880s.

They are considered to be the seventh oldest surviving Shiraz vines in Australia and certainly amongst the oldest in the world.

The vines were neglected for many years until Andrew Holt’s parents bought the property.

Cane cuttings from these old vines were established in 1980s to expand production. These vines are even lower yielding than their ancient parents.

2 ha of Riesling was planted in the 1970s, although the first commercial release was not until 2005.

Monties Block is the second label using declassified fruit but still pretty good. There is also a limited release Sub-regional collection which highights single vineyard Shiraz from local growers in different sub-regions of the Eden Valley.

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)

New reviews

Poonawatta The Eden Riesling 2016

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2018 or 2027+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, powerful and linear lime cordial, lemon sherbet and apple with sage and rose petal florals, bright talcy minerality with crunchy grapefruit acidity and wet slate on the lingering finish (****1/2)

Poonawatta The 1880 Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($85)

Drink: 2027+

(GXY) Tasting:: Oct 2015, from 2 acres of 1880 vines, very good expression of the Eden Valley style, powerful and pristine black cherry and blackberry with liquorice, pepper, asian spice and violet notes, medium-full bodied and expansive with quartz minerality and slinky savoury tannins, exceptional length, a well balanced wine that will cellar for ages (*****)

Poonawatta The Eden Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2017 or 2025+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting:: Oct 2015, in the familiar floral, powerful style showing lime cordial, lemon sherbet and apple with musky spice and sage notes, talcy with firm pink grapefruit acidity and a wet slate finish, good line and length (****1/2)

Poonawatta Four Corners Grenache Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting:: Oct 2015, the Grenache is from the ancient vines at the Hamilton Vineyard at Springton, glossy, perfumed and vibrant red berries and blackberry with asian spice, rose petal and white pepper notes, fleshy and medium bodied palate with good length and fine tannins (****)

Poonawatta The Cuttings Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($49)

Drink: 2022+

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2014, dry grown vineyard using cuttings from the original 1880s vines,  ripe and concentrated blueberry and blackberry essence with liquorice and asian spice notes, medium-full bodied with graphite and ironstone minerals,  charry oak and grainy tannin finish, very good persistence (****1/2)

Poonawatta The Eden Riesling 2013

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2015 or 2022+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2014, Bronze Medal at Canberra International Riesling Challenge 2013, powerful, open, floral style showing lime cordial, passionfruit and apple with spice and coriander notes, very fine regional talciness  crunchy lemon rind spine and a lick of wet slate (****)

Poonawatta The Eden Riesling 2012

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2013 or 2020+ If you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, fairly open for its age but is not forward or compressed, generous apple, lemon grass and lime sherbert with a dusting of spice and coriander, plenty of the regional talciness and a crunchy lemon rind/mineral finish, drinking well now and has the structure for medium term cellaring (****)

Poonawatta The Four Corners Cabernet 2010

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2021+

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, as name suggests this is from various vineyards aross the region, fermented separately before blending. powerful and essency blackcurrant and blackberry with flashes of mulberry, mint and violets, medium-full bodied with lingering dusty tannins and balanced cedary oak, firmish acid structure (****)

Poonawatta The Cuttings Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, powerful, expansive and full bodied with tarry and essency blackberry and blueberry fruit framed by asian spices, lavender and liquorice, the flinty minerality and lively acidity cuts through the richness, mouth-filling fine grained tannins and charry oak, very long (****1/2)

Poonawatta The Eden Riesling 2011

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2013 or 2019 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, perfumed and expressive lime cordial and apple with rose petal, citrus blossom and brown spice notes, fine talcy minerality with some lanolin, good line and length with a tangy lemon rind/ wet slate finish, lingering powdery phenolics (****)

Poonawatta Sub-Regional Collection Goodie’s Block Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, concentrated and plush blueberry, redcurrant and fruitcake with liquorice and asian spice notes, more evident oak than The Cuttings with lots of toasty cinnamon/clove/vanilla on the back end as well as some dark chocolate, shares the flinty minerality and expansive fine tannins, very good length (****)

Poonawatta Sub-Regional Collection Mick’s Block Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, from a drier spot neat Keyneton, dry grown 75 year vines, this shows the impact of the final year of the drought, super-concentrated, almost treacly blueberry pie, blackberry pastille and prune with liquorice, toasty oak spice and chewy tannins, has length and minerality but the fruit seems dessicated by the end, only for those who want very intense Shiraz (***1/2)

Poonawatta The Eden Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2011 or 2019 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, bright and lively lime blossom and apple with rose petal and brown spice notes, persistent web of fine talcy minerality, long and taut wet stone and lemon sherbert finish, well controlled phenolics (****)

Poonawatta Monties Block Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, declassified fruit from the 1880s vines, stylish, smooth and well defined cranberry and blackberry fruit with anise, pepper and violet notes, long and medium bodied with plenty of ironstone minerality and finely grained tannins, well judged creamy mocha-chocolate and cinnamon oak inputs (****)

The 1880 Eden Valley Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($80)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, full bodied, powerful and handsomely textured showing blackberry and blueberry, liquorice, dried herb and iodine notes, meaty, excellent depth with a savoury finish, persistent supple tannins, smoky vanilla and pencil shavings French oak inputs (****1/2)