PATRICK OF COONAWARRA
COONAWARRA - SOUTH AUSTRALIA
*** 5 Star Winery - James Halliday Wine Companion 2019 - the seventh straight year ***
During a decorated career spanning more than three decades, Patrick Tocaciu received international accolades while working as head winemaker for several major labels. His focus then switched to fulfilling a more personal goal with the establishment of the family owned and operated Patrick of Coonawarra in 2004.
Patrick’s eldest son, Luke, has now taken over the family business and continues to produce highly regarded wines from the famed Terra Rossa soils of Coonawarra. Only the highest quality fruit is sourced from their estate owned and managed vineyards, ensuring an unwavering commitment to quality and delivering hand crafted, premium wines with regionality and personality.
Home Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
96 points, James Halliday -"Matured in new French and American oak for 28 months, a powerful start in life. Both during its time in barrel and since being bottled, the oak has been integrated to a surprising degree, making space for blackcurrant. This is a wine of exceptional quality, with a now to whenever drinking platform."
Aged Riesling 2012
95 points, James Halliday -"Don't put this in the cellar, under the stairs or anywhere else other than in a glass. It's ready now revealing a raft of gorgeous aged characters from lime marmalade on buttered toast to lemon semolina cake. Fine acidity and great length."
Estate Pinot Noir 2016
95 points, James Halliday -"Whole-bunch fermentation in open top vessels, matured in French oak. Further evidence of the potential of Mount Gambier to produce elegant pinot noirs with impeccable varietal expression and is very well made. The red and black cherry fruits have a gentle, but persistent savoury twist that refreshes and complexes the wine."