The Coonawarra region is located in the far south-east of South Australia and has a long viticultural history dating back to 1890. The region is only 100 kilometres (60 miles) inland, and is exposed to a maritime climate, with dry and moderately cool summers. The shape of the wine region reflects a similar shape to a cigar. The climate is quite unique and persistent cloud cover generally moderates the ripening period temperatures. The Terra Rossa of Coonawarra is Australia's most famous soil, renowned for its vivid red (Rusty) colour and its affinity with Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The clay component of Terra Rossa holds sufficient water to ensure the vines’ roots remain moist and active throughout the summer. The sand component ensures adequate drainage, so that the vines are not waterlogged. The unique mixture of clay and sand that overlies moist limestone, ensures the soil is fertile which enables the grape vines to grow to perfection.
Grown in what is roundly considered to be the most famous of all new world terroirs, The Rusty Cigar range is available in:
• Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
• Coonawarra Shiraz
• Coonawarra Classic Dry White
• Coonawarra Sparkling Shiraz
• Coonawarra Sparkling Brut Cuvee