Country, Region: South Australia, McLaren Vale
Grown with minimal inputs on our Whites Valley vineyard, McLaren Vale. 97% Shiraz (planted 1996) and 3% Grenache (planted 1945). The Shiraz was harvested on the 14th February, then de-stemmed and fermented in open top fermenters for 14 days. The Grenache was picked on 12th March and kept separate until final blending took place prior to bottling.
2018 review (2019 not yet reviewed) ‘Fermented wild with 12% whole bunches. 14 days on skins. A smidgeon (3%) of old-vine grenache in the mix. Matured in older oak. Artisanal and rewarding producer delivering wines of great value, ample fruit and – most importantly, somewhere this warm – properly extracted tannins. Boysenberry, mulberry, licorice and blackberry. Juicy, grapey and pulpy, with the teeming fruit galvanised into a savoury whole by that prized slatey tannic kit, gently briary and herbal.’ 93 points, Red Star for Value, Ned Goodwin MW, Halliday Wine Companion, August 2021.
Cooter & Cooter is a family business and the logo reflects the connection between the generations of winemakers. The cursive script has been used by various Cooter businesses since 1847.
In 1992 Colin Cooter created Lengs & Cooter with Karel Lengs and in 2012 Colin’s son James established Cooter & Cooter with his wife Kimberly. A winemaker herself, Kimberly began learning her craft under the tutelage of her father, veteran McLaren Vale winemaker Walter Clappis. Walter is best known for his much celebrated time running Ingoldby Wines and more recently, The Hedonist Wines.
In 2005 James and Kimberly spent a year working in California’s Sonoma Valley then, invigorated by their experience, they returned to Australia to continue making wine at The Hedonist. Finally in 2012, now with over 20 vintages between them, they purchased their own vineyard at Whites Valley near Willunga in McLaren Vale. The vineyard, with views to the coast just a few kilometres away, features Grenache vines planted in the 1950s, along with Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted in 1996.