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The Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations does it again
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Coonawarra was the place to be this past weekend. More than 40 cellar door events comprised of everything from special dinners to master classes, private vineyard tours to brunches, and everything in between. With world famous wines, gourmet food and funky tunes, Australia’s ‘other red centre’ was a hub of festivity.
The Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations kicked off Friday night at Zema Estate with the inaugural Retrospective Barrel Series Tasting. Past buyers and wine connoisseurs arrived to taste wines from the 1996 and 1998 vintages. The second main event was the exclusive master class that compared 2005 Bordeaux to 2005 Coonawarra Cabernet.
Local winemakers’ Peter Gambetta of Yalumba Coonawarra Estate “The Menzies” and Sue Bell were joined by renowned UK wine journalist and Bordeaux expert, Michael Schuster on the panel as they discussed these amazing wines.
On the other side of the scales, The Poplars was host to the Coonawarra Tutorial which taught novice wine lovers how to taste and compare eight different Coonawarra wines.
Michael Schuster again brought his talents to the panel and assisted winemakers Sandrine Gimon of Rymill Coonawarra and Paul Kernich of Stonehaven in taking 45 participants on a wine tasting journey.
Alana Hill-Ling, Chair of the Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations committee said “That it was an excellent weekend! There were plenty of interesting events that brought a lot of people to the region. I am also very pleased with our two new main events, the Retrospective Tasting and the Coonawarra Tutorial. They were both a great success and we look forward to making them even better in the future.”
To culminate the entire weekend, DiGiorgio Family Wines set the scene for the Cabernet Brunch and auction. This year had an entirely new theme encompassing a silent and live auction with one-of-a-kind auction items that you can only find in Coonawarra! With a record number of registered bidders, the floor was a frenzy of waving paddles.
The Artistry of Wine paired 25 different Coonawarra wines with 25 different Limestone Coast Artists and created the most interesting and eye-catching auction item of the day. This item took home the highest bid in the live auction of $5300 and the highest selling silent auction item was the Coonawarra Quintet. This item contained 5 magnums of Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon and went for $3000 for the set.