Highbank Coonawarra – Winefront with Mike Bennie

Highbank Coonawarra 2014                                             1

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.Rated : 95+ Points – Mike Bennie WINEFRONT

Highbank Coonawarra 2013

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 Rated : 95+ Points  Mike Bennie WINEFRONT