Corks out for the Cellar Dwellers Back Vintage Regional Tasting

Want to taste a 15-year-old cellared Coonawarra Riesling? How about a 23-year-old Coonawarra Shiraz or an 8-year-old Sparkling Shiraz? Come along to the inaugural Cellar Dwellers Back Vintage Tasting to savour these limited release wines and more!

For the first time in 17 years, Cellar Dwellers now has its very own regional retrospective tasting event, bringing together a suite of winemakers and producers to showcase their finest aged wines to celebrate the superior ageing ability of Coonawarra wines.

Not dissimilar to the October Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations [Decade]nce event (formerly known as the Regional Retrospective Tasting) which solely features the regions signature variety Cabernet Sauvignon,  the Cellar Dwellers edition is a showcase of a range of Coonawarra varieties and styles ranging from Sparkling Shiraz to Riesling, Merlots to Shiraz, and of course the Coonawarra classic, Cabernet Sauvignon.

Boasting wines dating back to 1998, the wine list for the highly sought after event features up to 30 meticulously cellared wines, between 8 to 23 years of age, from 15 of Coonawarra’s much loved producers.

BANKS THARGO WINES 2012 Banks Thargo Merlot
2015 Banks Thargo Racecourse Red
BLOK COONAWARRA 2006 The Blok Coonawarra Riesling
2012 The Blok Coonawarra Riesling
BRAND’S LAIRA  2001 Brand’s Laira ‘Special Release’ Merlot
  2006 Brand’s Laira Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon
DIGIORGIO FAMILY WINES 2013 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Coonawarra Shiraz
HOLLICK ESTATES 2009 Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 The Gondolier Barbera
KATNOOK ESTATE 2010 Katnook Estate Riesling
2011 Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
LADBROKE GROVE WINES 2000 Ladbroke Grove Reserve  Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 Ladborke Grove Riesling
LECONFIELD COONAWARRA 2006 Leconfield Cabernet Sauvignon
  2010 Leconfield Riesling
MAJELLA WINES 2013 Majella Sparkling Shiraz
2013 Majella Shiraz
PARKER COONAWARRA ESTATE 2010 First Growth Cabernet Sauvignon
2015 First Growth Cabernet Sauvignon
PATRICK OF COONAWARRA 2010 Home Block Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Home Block Cabernet Sauvignon
REDMAN WINES 2005 The Redman
2012 Redman Shiraz
RYMILL COONAWARRA 2005 Rymill Cabernet Sauvignon (Magnum)
2015 Rymill Cabernet Sauvignon
WHISTLE POST WINES 2012 Whistle Post Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Whistle Post Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
ZEMA ESTATE 1998 Zema Estate Shiraz
2008 Zema Estate Shiraz

Coonawarra Vignerons Event & Marketing Officer said the event is a highlight in the 2021 Cellar Dwellers calendar and for good reason. “What is unique and appealing about this event is that it brings together a diverse group of Coonawarra producers, in one location to showcase their wines collectively.  Attendees will be able to taste and discover how the characteristics of red and white wine varieties change and develop over time, with up to 30 wines being poured from 15 Coonawarra Producers”.

“Tickets for the event have been exceptionally popular with dinner package arrangements selling out shortly after release” Ms Eldridge said

Like many of the events being featured during July the intent is for wine enthusiasts to taste and experience how well Coonawarra wines can age.  “Locals and visitors to the region are invited to taste and compare cellared ‘museum’ wines, and to discover how Coonawarra wine, both red and white, develop over the years displaying a true testament to longevity”, commented Ms Eldridge.

Limited spaces remain for the stand-up tasting event which will see wine lovers tasting wines over a 2-hour duration in the Hollick Estates Barrel Hall.  The event is taking place on Friday 9th July with 15 producers featuring up to 30 rare, museum release wines!

Tickets are only $35 per person. Bookings are essential, with only a handful of tickets remaining. The event kicks off at 5:30 pm at Hollick Estates.

The Back Vintage Regional Tasting will be guided by Luke Tocaciu, Director and Winemaker at Patrick of Coonawarra.

A  shuttle bus will be running exclusively on Friday 9th July, to chauffeur attendees from the Penola Township to and from the tasting event. Tickets of the bus are $10pp – Bookings essential, online via the event ticketing link.


To see what else is happening during July, including an overview of events and tastings, view the Cellar Dwellers event page.


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