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Coonawarra’s early tasting event reveals 2024 vintage promises exceptional quality and diversity

Coonawarra Vignerons recently hosted their annual ‘Post Vintage Tasting’ event, giving industry insiders their first look at the 2024 vintage from the region.

Photo: Winemakers Ulrich GreySmith – GreySmith Wines, Rachel – Penley Estate, Joe Cory – Zema Estate, Lauren Hansen – Penley Estate

Coonawarra Vignerons recently hosted their annual ‘Post Vintage Tasting’ event, giving industry insiders their first look at the 2024 vintage from the region. Held in June at the historical Coonawarra Hall, the event saw over 100 wines sampled by producers from the Limestone Coast Wine Region. This year’s tasting highlighted the unique conditions of the growing season and the distinctive characteristics of the latest harvest.

Senior Winemaker Bruce Gregory of Majella Wines, a seasoned participant in the event, spoke about the diversity of the wines on display. “There is no shortage of variety in the bottles presented, from light whites to robust reds,” Gregory noted. He explained that although many of the wines were still in an unfinished state, the tasting was not intended to be a formal wine show but rather an opportunity for winemakers to evaluate the season’s output collectively.

Gregory also pointed out the remarkable qualities of the Cabernet varieties from this vintage, noting their impressive tannic structure and enhanced colour, which are indicative of a promising longevity.

The weather throughout the 2024 growing season presented both challenges and opportunities, which, according to the Coonawarra Vignerons 2024 Vintage report, led to wines of exceptional depth and complexity. The region experienced an unseasonably cool spring followed by a dry, warm summer, conditions that contributed to producing grapes with concentrated flavours and vibrant acidity.

Greg Foster, a winemaker at Leconfield, echoed Gregory’s sentiments, particularly praising the intensity and mouthfeel of the red wines. “This vintage is right up there with the best,” Foster remarked, describing the young wines as having “ripe sensuous tannins and exquisite aromatics.”

Adding to the chorus of positive feedback, Chris Brodie, a local viticulturist, highlighted this year’s Rieslings. “The Riesling is stunning this year, showcasing classic Coonawarra characteristics. It’s nice and vibrant, exactly what we aim for,” Brodie commented.

Lauren Hansen, a winemaker from Penley Estate, also praised the consistency across the board. “It is obviously very early in the lifetime of these wines, but there is enormous potential for 2024 to be one of the greats,” Hansen predicted, commending the depth and clarity of flavour observed in the wines.

The annual ‘Post Vintage Tasting’ provides a crucial platform for feedback and reflection within the Coonawarra wine community, offering a collective insight into the potential of each year’s harvest and setting the stage for future developments.

The Coonawarra Vignerons 2024 Vintage report is available to view online at
https://coonawarra.org/about/vintage-reports/.

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