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  • 95+ points Mike Bennie
  • 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
  • Sustainable practices in the vineyard

Tasting Notes

Colour Dark Red
Nose Lifted rich perfune of black currants, mocha, spices and cedar.
Palate Concentrated palate of rich fruit with excellent tanin and acid balance. Very focussed wine providing immense pleasure to any fan of Coonawarra.
Food Pairing Flame grilled porterhouse
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
Organic farming for over two decades, minimal intervention winemaking, ‘delicately matured in the finest of French oak barrels for one year…’. There’s such a wonderful story behind the stoic Highbank winery. And stellar wines. From the old school but very good school. From Coonawarra.

Serious feeling red of concentration, firm ribs of tannins, incredible power and presence in the glass. A moody perfume of black currants, dried and fresh, mocha, black liqourice, bay leaf and Chesterfield chairs (!). You get the sense that the wine is pent up, tightly wound, but there’s still richness and decadent pleasure here too. It stretches luxuriously and firmly through the mouth, bound in silty tannin and bright acidity. It’s magnificent.


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