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2014 Cobaw Ridge Chardonnay
This is built for Chardonnay lovers; for lovers of complex, refreshing yet judiciously oaked chardonnay. Has nutty, nougat whiffs about it but descends into ripe citrus, baked apple, floral things. Fresh scented and a sea breezes through too. That sea breeze distils to a saline tang of acidity underlying ripe, flavoursome, fruity-fruit characters all just kissed with nougat oak. It crackles with chardonnay grapey-ness but shows the layers requested of fancier wines. It's very good. 94/100 Mike Bennie : The Wine Front
2016 Cobaw Ridge il pinko Rose`
The return of il pinko syrah rose`. Matured and fermented in Qvevri and old white French oak. Taut, mineral, savoury and dry but with lots of texture from the qvevri amazing intense colour.. quite a wine!
2016 Cobaw Ridge ‘il pinko’ Rosé
2014 Cobaw Ridge Pinot Noir
Those in the know are calling this one of Australia’s best rosés and we tend to agree – Cobaw Ridge haven’t produced an edition of ‘il pinko’ in twenty years, yet the result is triumphant. 100% biodynamic Syrah has been fermented and aged in traditional Georgian Qveri (egg-shaped, earthernware vessels) and neutral old oak to showcase brilliant complexity and purity of fruit. Here, a surge of granitic minerality stands front and centre as elements of savoury spice, red berries and earth intertwine with classy intrigue. A little proof that good things are worth waiting for. BH&S
"It's bright and delicious . It's delicate and brittle. It's shy but wonderful. It's got multiple personalities and high drinkability. 94/100 Mike Bennie : The Wine Front
2008 Cobaw Ridge Syrah Vintage Limited
Syrah co-fermented with a dash of Viognier. Super concentrated but with true cool climate elegance and poise. Spice, pepper, plum and licorice, all coming together. Balanced, soft and supple on the palate. Syrah from a warm Macedon Ranges summer 94/100 James Halliday Wine Companion 2012
2012 Cobaw Ridge Syrah
"If you like medium - bodied, intensely flavoursome shiraz grown in cool, high altitude vineyards, try this beauty: subtle but seductive scents of pepper and dark humus lead to a sinewy mouthful of glossy blackberries and powdery tannin." 2012 Cobaw Ridge Syrah in my top drops Column in the July 2016 issue of Gourmet Traveller Magazine." Max Allen Wine Editor - Australian Gourmet Traveller
2013 Cobaw Ridge Lagrein Sold Out
An obscure varietal originally hailing from the very north east of Italy. Varietally expressive with abundant savoury and mineral traits, together with dark cherries, spice and liquorice. Fine lifted floral nose and super supple with great length.
Jeremy Oliver (@Jeremy_Oliver) 18/07/2015 19:21 : Twitter
Just opened Cobaw Ridge's 2013 Lagrein. Wow! This piercing, savoury red is quite brilliant.
The Australian Wine Annual 2016: Jeremy Oliver : 2013 Cobaw Ridge Lagrein 95/100 : In the Jeremy Oliver's Top 100 also in The Top three Wines from New or Alternative Varieties.
Harding MW - Decanter August 2013 2010 Cobaw Ridge Lagrein was 1 of 6 Wines to be Selected for the launch of "WINE GRAPES" : Authors, Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and Jose Vouillamoz: at London " RAW" real artisan wine far 2013 vintage.
DIAM cork: Our wine is bottled under DIAM cork to retain it's purity and integrity. The Diam corks are going in to often the more expensive and exclusive bottles of wine." -- Oeneo Closures, producers of DIAM, website at: www.oeneo.co.uk .
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Lagrein - A Rising Star
... Lagrein wines belong to the most awarded reds in Italy and can compete with premium products from other nations as well.
Wolfgang Kager, Cantina Bolzano.
In the year 1997...
Lagrein is almost unknown in Australia, the variety originates from Sud Tyrol - Alto Adige in the far-north east of Italy. Cobaw Ridge in the Macedon Ranges produced the first commercial quantities in Australia.
1998 Cobaw Ridge Lagrein "Best Wine of the Show" The Australian Italian Wine Awards
at Mildura Grand Hotel 18 November 2000 Mildura
For more about Lagrein's history in Australia, see:
James Halliday in his 2005 Australian Wine Companion scores the 2002 Cobaw Ridge Lagrein at 91 points.
Cobaw Ridge held a tasting of their wine and 15 Lagreins from Italy's best producers, also noted to be the largest tasting of its kind outside of Europe in the Southern hemisphere.
Here's what James Halliday had to say:
"Several things emerged: first, the aroma and flavour of the Cobaw Ridge wines is utterly typical of the variety. Second, the grape has emphatic character, which binds the wines of both countries into a coherent, tightly knit group... it is also abundantly clear the wines have a long cellaring potential.
The '99 Cobaw Ridge is still a bright purple-red, and looks every bit as youthful as the 2002. How long the vivid fruit aromas and flavours - raspberry, cherry, plum, will take to subside is anyone's guess. Having initially had a few doubts about the legitimacy of the variety - was it just a novelty or was it really worthy of attention - I am now a convert to the cause."
"I am now a convert to the cause."
-- James Halliday, 'Pucker up for Kyneton’s wild Italian... Lagrein', Weekend Australian, March 6-7 2004
www.winepros.com.au article: Cobaw Ridge, in the Macedon Ranges June 08 2004
Lagrein tasting with Nelly and Alan Cooper, Max Allen and James Halliday
Along with a number of other fantastic reviews:
"Long Live Lagrein" -- Tim White (personal communication)
Best Australian Italians: “Cobaw Ridge – a tightly focused, structured, savoury lagrein”
-- Jeremy Oliver, 'Australian Winemakers Are Out To Beat The Italians At Their Own Grapes', Qantas magazine The Australian Way, July 2004
"LAGREIN an old Italian grape moving Down under" -- Nino Borsari (wine writer), 'La Dolce Vita - Italy Down Under', The National Magazine Of Italian Australian Affairs And Culture, Spring Summer 2004
Quotes from previous Cobaw Ridge Lagrein vintages:
"2003 Cobaw Ridge Lagrein -- The obscure red lagrein grape originated in Italy's north - east and is planted in a few Australian vineyards – but none yet matches the quality of the lagrein from this Macedon Ranges producer. Seductive, crisp, perfumed with violets and cherries this exceptionally well-balance, fine, medium-bodied red wine is a real beauty."
-- Max Allen, 'Taste', Weekend Australian, February 5-6 2005
"Cobaw Ridge in the Macedon Ranges has pioneered the grape variety in Australia and has had considerable success with it: 2003 Cobaw Ridge Lagrein "A much more serious offering from considerably older vines... Vigneron Alan Cooper has crafted a much richer wine..., full of blood plum, mint, black cherry, red rose and dusty oak off in the background. Crystal clear palate showing great clarity of saturated fruit and a driving backbone of herbal acidity and very fine tannins on the finish. Great definition and balance. A terrific wine, to be enjoyed with or without food, that will age over the medium term."
-- Andrew Wood, DIVINE Food & Wine, Issue 39 March/May 2005
"2003 Cobaw Ridge Lagrein: Delectable : from the Macedon Ranges."
-- Bob Hart, 'eat,' Weekend Herald Sun, June 18, 2005
"The cool climate grape variety can be built firm with ageing ability."
-- Jeni Port, 'Wine Style', The Age, June 25, 2005
-- Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, November 2005