Coonawarra

SOUTH AUSTRALIACoonawarra Map 

Coonawarra is Australia's top red wine area specialising in Cabernet Sauvignon of great complexity and elegance.

The area is centred around a strip of Terra Rossa soil over a shallow limestone 'ridge' in the southern part of South Australia's Limestone Coast wine zone also known as the ‘Coonawarra Cigar’.  The climate is cool with a heat summation of 1300-1500 degree days depending on the season.

Pepper Tree's Coonawarra vineyard comprises 8 ha of Cabernet and 4 ha of Merlot and is located midway between the town of Penola and Coonawarra. Soils consist of thin dark brown to dark grey clays interspersed with broken limestone fragments. The shallow soil overlies soft crumbly limestone at depths of as little as 10cm so that the vines effectively grow in limestone rock. The shallow soils restrict vigour and this, coupled with rigorous canopy management, allows us to control berry size and bunch numbers and thus eventual crop load.  

AREA PLANTED 12 Ha (30 acres) ELEVATION 55 - 60 metres
CLIMATE   DEGREE DAYS 1300 - 1500
    SUNSHINE HOURS 1580
SOILS

Thin rocky dark brown/grey clays over

crumbly limestone - vines grow mainly in

limestone rock

   
       
MAIN VARIETIES RED    
  Cabernet Sauvignon     8 Ha    
  Merlot                            4 Ha    

 

Coonawarra Soil  
COONAWARRA SOIL STRUCTURE  

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