Tasting notes - Brand's Laira Coonawarra (SA)

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Brand's Laira Coonawarra in South Australia

Brand's Laira Coonawarra in South Australia

Brand's Laira of Coonawarra in South Australia

Brand's Laira Vineyard in the heart of the Coonawarra dates back to 1893. Located on the legendary terra rossa strip, their wines reflect the richness of both the soil and the vineyard's history.

 From the first small wine-maker in the region come some big Coonawarra wines:

 

Brand's Laira Chardonnay 2008

Following a dry winter, early spring rains resulted in excellent budburst, good vine health and fruit development, with the vines showing little effect from the previous year’s frost. Dry conditions were experienced through the growing season, with cool February temperatures helping white varietals develop intense and varietal fruit characters.

This wine is pale straw gold in colour with a complex nose displaying creamy peach and nectarine stonefruit aromas complemented by some mineral notes and cashew nut oak from barrel fermentation and maturation. The palate is rich, rounded fruit driven palate displaying vibrant stonefruit with subtle minerality accompanied by cashew nut flavours derived from oak and creamy characters from ageing on lees and malolactic fermentation.

Best appreciated while the vibrant fruit flavours are fresh from 2009 to 2011.

Alc/Vol: 14.0%

RRP A$22

 

Brand's Laira Two Row Merlot 2007

The challenging conditions of the 2007 vintage saw lower yields across most varieties however this allowed for excellent flavour concentration in the fruit. A warm and dry spring followed by timely rainfall in early January allowed the vines to revitalised and build good colour and flavour intensity before harvest commenced.

The wine is bright crimson red with perfumed plum and mulberry fruit accompanied by some cedar oak. The palate is fruit driven and displays plum and berry fruit with chocolate notes and cedar oak flavours from barrel fermentation and maturation. It's medium weight with a long, fine tannin finish.

Drinking well now but should age well with careful cellaring for 8+ years.

Alc/Vol: 15.0%

RRP A$27.00

 

Brand's Laira Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

The challenging conditions of the 2007 vintage saw lower yields across most varieties however this allowed for excellent flavour concentration in the fruit. A warm and dry spring followed by timely rainfall in early January allowed the vines to revitalised and build good colour and flavour intensity before harvest commenced.

This wine is garnet red in colour with an aroma of pure cassis, mint and leaf with cedar oak and mocha notes from barrel fermentation and maturation. The palate is fruit driven, medium weight with cassis, mint/peppermint red berry fruit and leafy notes accompanied by cedar and vanilla oak flavours. The wine has a long, fine tannin finish with lingering fruit flavours.

Peak drinking from 2010 onwards and with careful cellaring, this wine should age well for the 10 - 12 years.

Alc/Vol: 14.7%]

RRP A$27

 

Brand's Laira Cabernet Merlot 2008

Following a dry winter, early spring rains resulted in excellent budburst, good vine health and fruit development, with the vines showing little effect from the previous year’s frost. Most reds were picked between mid March and early April producing intense wines with great colour, rich, ripe flavours and fine tannins.

Deep crimson red in colour, the richly perfumed fruit driven nose displays ripe blackcurrant, plum and mulberry fruit accompanied by vanilla and spice characters from oak maturation. The palate is fresh and vibrant, full bodied fruit dominate the palate which displays blackcurrant, blackberry and mulberry primary fruit. These fruit flavours are supported by integrated oak derived flavours of vanilla, mocha and cedar. The wine has a long finish with firm but fine grained tannins.

Alc/Vol 15.0%

RRP A$22

 

Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Average winter rainfall and warm spring conditions resulted in an early budburst and excellent shoot growth. A warm to hot summer featuring favourable rainfall events encouraged steady vine growth and balance, resulting in early ripening. Small berry size led to reduced yields but also produced a crop with intense fruit characters. The 2006 vintage was very satisfying, producing fruit displaying excellent varietal flavours.

This wine is crimson red in colour and has classic cassis, plum and choc-mint aromas accompanied by mocha and cedar oak from barrel maturation. From a classic vintage the palate is fine, elegant and well integrated displaying traditional cabernet characters of cassis,blackberry and plum with choc-mint notes. Barrel fermentation and maturation have contributed mocha and cedar flavours. The wine has a long finish with fine silky tannins.

Peak drinking from 2010 onwards and with careful cellaring this wine will age well for at least the next 10 -12 years.

Awards:
Gold Medal, Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2007
Gold Medal, Rutherglen Wine Show 2008

Alc/vol: 15.0%

RRP A$27

Regions

  • Coonawarra (SA)
  • Limestone Coast (SA)
  • South Eastern Australia (SA)

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