Winemaker Brian Croser’s vision for Petaluma was to make world class wines from classic European varieties by choosing the best region for each variety and acquiring or planting the best vineyard in that region. Petaluma’s choice of Coonawarra to grow Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot was made in the recognition of its ideal climate for the production of an elegant and dense Australian red wine of pedigree.
Petaluma pioneered close spaced,vertical canopy and hand pruned vineyards in Coonawarra. The crop levels in its two “distinguished” vineyards, Evans and Sharefarmers have been carefully controlled to maximise fruit concentration.
The simple hallmark Petaluma yellow label has come to represent Australian wines of refined elegance but stamped indelibly with characteristics of the their vineyards of origin. Petaluma wines have been established as New World Classics representative of the terroir of Australia’s best regions. Langtons Classification of Australian wine rating Excellent Petaluma Coonawarra vintage 2000 Released May 2005.
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