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The future of Coonawarra
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Coonawarra Winemakers John Innes, Paul Gordon, Emma Bowen and Australian wine commentator Nick Stock will investigate the 'Future of Coonawarra' at a Master Class being held as part of Tasting Australia on Thursday 27 October from 10am to 12 noon at Blake’s Restaurant, Hyatt Hotel Adelaide.
For over 100 years Coonawarra has been one of Australia's leading wine producing regions and this tasting will look at where Coonawarra has been and where it is going. A total of 12 wines are being featured as listed below: — 1986 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet — 1996 Katnook Sauvignon Blanc — 2003 Balnaves Chardonnay — 2002 Zema Estate Shiraz — 2003 Bowen Estate Shiraz — 2000 Rymill Coonwarra Cabernet Sauvignon — 2001 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Harold Cabernet Sauvignon — 2003 Leconfield Cabernet — 2001 Majella The Mallea Cabernet Shiraz — 2003 Parker Coonawarra Estate Barrel Series 8–2003 Brand's of Coonawarra Merlot — 2001 Ladbroke Grove Cabernet Sauvignon
Emma Bowen is a second generation Coonawarra winemaker, following in the footsteps of her winemaking father Doug who with his wife Joy, founded Bowen Estate in 1972. Emma completed her Oenology degree at Charles Sturt University in 1999 and has worked in a number of wine regions throughout Australia and overseas.
Paul Gordon joined the Leconfield team as Senior Winemaker in 2001. With over 23 years in winemaking experience and an enviable reputation, Paul has a long list of achievements including the 1994 Jimmy Watson trophy.
John Innes made the transition from radiographer to winemaker in 1980, embarking in a career that has taken him from Mudgee to Coonawarra where he is now the general manager and winemaker of Rymill Coonwarra and president of the Coonawarra Vignerons Association. John's philosophy is to produce wines that are a true expression of the vineyard, with a good structure and texture and that compliment food.
Cost to attend the tasting is $100 (GST inclusive) and bookings can be made by phoning the Coonawarra Vignerons Association on (08) 8737 2392.