Cooter & Cooter Shiraz 2016


McLaren Vale Shiraz smacks of bright red fruits, blueberry pie, dark plums, fresh red berries and loads of slippery purple fruits. This is a dark, very black wine with bright purple hues that stains the glass. Slurpable stuff.

The Shiraz is Estate grown on the Cooter & Cooter Whites Valley vineyard. This wine and has been matured in 4 year old French oak hogsheads, letting the bright and juicy fruit from our vineyard shine. It displays cocoa and black cherries with fine tannins finishing long. Bright lifted spicy raspberry aromas lead on to a lively and intense palate that delivers generosity and depth without heaviness. Very fine tannins and generous blackberry fruit framed beautifully by fresh acidity.

‘Bright purple-red and vibrant looking. Ripe and black fruited, underlying baked red fruit note and red earth. Uncluttered and surprisingly refreshing with bright fruit tannins giving life to the wine. An excellent modern interpretation for early drinking. Very good value. Drink to 2025.’ 93 points, David Bicknell,, January 2018.

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In 1992 Colin Cooter created Lengs & Cooter with Karel Lengs and in 2012 Colin’s son James established Cooter & Cooter with his wife Kimberly. A winemaker herself, Kimberly began learning her craft under the tutelage of her father, veteran McLaren Vale winemaker Walter Clappis. Walter is best known for his much celebrated time running Ingoldby Wines and more recently, The Hedonist Wines.

In 2005 James and Kimberly spent a year working in California’s Sonoma Valley then, invigorated by their experience, they returned to Australia to continue making wine at The Hedonist. Finally in 2012, now with over 20 vintages between them, they purchased their own vineyard at Whites Valley near Willunga in McLaren Vale. The vineyard, with views to the coast just a few kilometres away, features Grenache vines planted in the 1950s, along with Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted in 1996.

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