Saturday 17 September 2011

Koonowla | Good news from the 2011 vintage...

At last … Good news from the 2011 Vintage!

Koonowla is pleased to announce the release of an exciting new wine in its range, the 2011 Ringmaster Clare Valley Riesling (RRP $15.99). Defying some of Australia's worst harvest weather conditions in recent history, Koonowla has "dodged the bullet" of the 2011 harvest conditions to release a terrific Clare Riesling.

Harvested in February and bottled in June 2011, this elegant Riesling is bursting with flavour and notable floral, lime and spice aromas; perfectly zesty and well structured. This latest addition to the Ringmaster range represents excellent value for money.

As experts bemoan the shortcomings of this year's harvest, Andrew Michael from Koonowla is pleased to see some good come out of the 2011 vintage "It has certainly been a challenging time, particularly for larger commercial producers. We were very lucky in that respect as being a small operation allowed us to have more 'hands on' time with the vines, and our micro-climate escaped the worst of the weather."

The Ringmaster series are magnificent wines made from premium Clare Valley fruit. The 2008 Ringmaster Clare Valley Shiraz (RRP $15.99) has an intense deep colour with rich red and black berry aromas. Thankfully the region avoided the worst of 2008's heatwave; harvesting at night ensured the fruit quality was not compromised.

The 2008 Ringmaster Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is sure to impress when it is released in the very near future; a staple in the impressive Ringmaster range the Cabernet receives kudos for its outstanding value year after year.

Koonowla is set amongst the rolling broad acre hills of the Clare Valley, being the first commercial vineyard in the region of Auburn it is a truly iconic property encompassing 250 acres of vineyard and beautiful stone buildings. Thanks to the relentless practices of winemakers David O'Leary and Nick Walker, Koonowla consistently produces top quality Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

If you would like to receive samples or further information on any of these wines, please contact Camilla Barlow E:

Distributors: Young & Rashleigh Wine Merchants, P: 02 9967 5900



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