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26/11/2008

Who said 2008 was challenging?

It appears that Koonowla’s 2008 Clare Valley Riesling may steal the show this summer despite much talk of heat and drought affected 2008 wines from the region.

The perfectly coordinated harvest occurred at night on 21 February when the temperature took a timely dip below 11 degrees, just as the fruit reached optimal varietal character in the vineyard.

The vineyard, ideal for growing Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet, was planted in the 1890’s and by the early 1900’s was producing almost 7000 cases of wine a year. A disastrous fire in challenging times in 1926 led to the property being converted to grain and wool production. Recently restored to its former glory, some 250 acres are now plated to premium varieties.

Situated just east of Auburn, Andrew and Booie Michael who purchased the property in 1991, with the firm belief that there is a demand for premium wines that show distinct regional and varietal character, and that brands such as Koonowla can always have a strong presence on retail shelves and restaurant lists around Australia. They have entrusted their winemaking to two of Australia’s most regarded winemakers, David O’Leary and Nick Walker.

“We have an intimate understanding of Clare Valley viticulture and winemaking, and we work really closely with David and Nick to ensure that the wines reflect the district’s unique terroir.” Says Andrew Michael.

The wine styles being pursued by Koonowla, is evidenced by this particularly stunning 2008 Riesling which displays a blend of unashamed Clare tradition and modern winemaking. Other Clare faithfuls produced by Koonowla are Shiraz (92 points Parker) and Cabernet Sauvignon which retail for around $25, and their Ringmaster wines which offer exceptional value, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon for around $15.

The 2008 Riesling is all class, hallmark Clare traits of citrus, mineral and floral notes. Falling just short of a trophy at the recent International Riesling Challenge, this wine is a fabulous proposition for this summer, or for the cellar, especially at this price.

Koonowla Clare Valley Riesling 2008 RRP $20

Other Koonowla releases:

Koonowla Clare Valley Shiraz 2006 RRP $25

Koonowla Clare Valley Cabernet 2006 RRP $25

Koonowla wines are distributed by Young & Rashleigh Wine Merchants in NSW and are stocked by a range of independent retailers and restaurants including North Avalon Cellars, Bilgola Cellars, C’ellar Vie Turramurra, Stanmore Cellars, Summer Hill Bottleshop, Vine Providore Of Fine Wine Redfern, Vintage Blue CBD Sydney, Royal Hotel —Paddington.

For further information contact Andrew Michael at Koonowla on

For images or samples contact Alex Gilson, Winestream on (02) 9439 1633 or

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