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  • 95+ points Mike Bennie
  • 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
  • Sustainable practices in the vineyard

Tasting Notes

Colour Dark Red
Nose Complex nose of dark fruits with notes of bay leaf, cinnamon & cloves. Dark chocolate & mahogany tones permeate.
Palate Deep flavours carrying the aromas through to the palate. Excellent tannin structure and very long finish.
Food Pairing Chateaubriand
Cellaring 10-15 Years
Notes A wine of elegance displaying the unique characters of Coonawarra. Highbank’s vines are grown without the use of chemical herbicides or insecticides or fertilisers, and have been farmed according to biodynamic principles for more than 25 years.
Variety Cabernet Blend
Body Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2013
Region Coonawarra
Country Australia
Sustainability Biodynamic
Alcohol 14.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
A small family winery, Highbank prides itself on its boutique appeal, biodynamic vineyards and premium handcrafted wines. Owners Dennis and Bonnie Vince have been farming biodynamically for 25 years, allowing for an exacting quality of fruit for their wines. Highbank Location Highbank is located on a Terra Rossa earth strip in the Coonawarra wine region of South Australia. The winery is located on a raised section of land, in a prime position outside of Penola township. Highbank Wine Types Red wine is the focus for Highbank. The ‘Proprietary is a Bordeaux themed blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot combined. A varietal Merlot, basket pressed, is also a benchmark wine for the Coonawarra producer.
Located in the Limestone Coast area of South Australia about 380km South East of Adelaide, near the border of Victoria Coonawarra is a Maritime climate due to it's proximity being only 60km from the ocean. The name translates as 'Honeysuckle' in Aboriginal language.

This region is known for it's elegant red wines derived from a thin lush 'Terra Rossa' rustic-copper coloured strip of soil abundant in iron, silica and other nutrients. This red earth is known to be one of the most notable 'terroir' soils in the world and distinct characteristics are picked up in the fruit. The quality of the grapes, unique Geology and growing conditions create the finest of wines with incredible longevity.

The red land was first harvested in 1890 by John Riddoch which then turned over to the hands of the Redman family who grew Shiraz as their main grape variety. In 1951, Samuel Wynn continued on the legacy by buying the original Riddoch cellars and led a revolution by making conventional table wines rather than the then popular fortified. There are many producers now but Cabernet Sauvignon is what the area is most renowned for in the wine world.
Mike Bennie
It has been an eon since I have seen Highbank wines, and I readily forgot that they are (a) long term biodynamic/organic farmers and (b) make wine ‘naturally’ – two things that you don’t often see from Coonawarra. This is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot with a splash of cabernet franc. It is the only wine they make (well, there’s a Reserve too, but the gist is the same), though you can buy it right up to 6 litre bottle size.

A formidable wine of power and grace. Lavish in dark fruits, clove and cinnamon spice, whiffs of bayleaf, mahogany, dark chocolate, Chinese five spice. The wine courses through the palate with intent, deep on flavour, imperial in stout tannins and assertive as it exits long. It’s not for now, nor likely for five years, but a wine that needs a very good sleep. Superb wine full of glorious, cabernet et al architecture.


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