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Producer: Punters Corner

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Coonawarra's Punters Corner wine label sold
Updated 28 May 2014, 1:51pm

MAP: Coonawarra 5263
Coonawarra wine label Punters Corner has been sold to Coles subsidiary Exclusive Liquor Brands.

Punters Corner owner David Muir says the deal was brokered last year after no family members were interested in taking over.

He says after 25 years in business, the time was right to sell the label.

"I understand that Coles will certainly, in the short-term, will be keeping cabernet going under the Punters Corner label and they will obviously consider expanding the range back to what it used to be in the future," he said.

Mr Muir says it was a tough decision to sell.

"It is a good industry and a lot of great people in it and you miss that side of it but there comes a time in life when you have to make a decision and the time was right for me at that stage," he said.

The Punters Corner vineyard was sold to a separate buyer and Mr Muir still owns the Punters Vineyard Retreat.

PUNTERS CORNER

Langton’s Selections Punters Corner Spartacus Reserve Shiraz, Punters Corner Sovereign Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Punters Corner was established in 1988.
The vineyards are located on classic terra rossa soils and the fruit was originally sold to local producers.
However in 1996 Balnaves established a winery with Peter Bissell, one of Coonawarra’s great winemakers and a recipient of Gourmet Traveller’s Winemaker of the year.
In 2001 the 2000 Punters Corner Spartacus Reserve Shiraz won the coveted Jimmy Watson trophy. The Punters Corner wines are not mainstream secondary market material, but they always represent very good value when they appear.
The Triple Crown is a juicy Cabernet Shiraz Merlot and made for early drinking.
The Sovereign Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is aged for 18 months in new Alliers barriques. The wine has plenty of volume and richness but needs a bit of age to unfold.
The Spartacus Reserve Shiraz, which derives from the original V&A Vineyard, is barrel fermented in American Hogsheads. It’s a very aromatic, meaty style with espresso/ chocolaty fruit and ripe chocolaty tannins.
The standard Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are very pleasing wines and generally great value. Track record on the secondary wine market is not firmly established but these are all decent, honest wines made by a bloody good winemaker.
Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's

Centrally located in Australia's world class Coonawarra winegrowing district, Punters Corner is a boutique estate, and proudly, home to the 2000 Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy
Coonawarra, the aboriginal word for wild honeysuckle, is the name all associate with Australia's premier table-wine district, the dry red wines are amongst the best in the world. The Coonawarra viticultural area is based on the small area of terra rosa soil stretching north from Penola for fifteen kilometres and restricted to only two to three kilometres in width. Early assessments of Coonawarra area recognised the suitability of the natural elements of the district for vine growing.

http://www.punterscorner.com.au/ - Punters Corner - Tasting Notes On Australian & New Zealand wines
John Riddoch built the first winery at Coonawarra (now owned by Wynn's) where the first sizeable vintage was crushed and processed in 1898. While John Riddoch did not live to see his venture develop much beyond its infancy, the outstanding reputation Coonawarra wines enjoy today is owed directly to his foresight and generosity.

With a love of Coonawarra wines, David Muir and Robert Hance commenced vineyard operations in the Coonawarra 1988 with the purchase and development of sixteen hectares in the Victoria and Albert Lane, Coonawarra. This property was planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Chardonnay. Armed with the knowledge that one needs excellent grapes to make excellent wine, a policy was developed to expand vineyard operations to enable Punters Corner to select grapes from various vineyards in Coonawarra.

In 1991 the sixty-four hectare Vincorp vineyard was established in northern Coonawarra and in 1992 operations were further expanded with the purchase of the twelve-hectare Punters Corner Cellar Door vineyard. In 1998 a fourth vineyard was planted in central Coonawarra. All grapes reserved for the Punters Corner label come from company vineyards. Each block of grapes is sampled and tested separately through the growing season, the most superior batches are set aside for the Punters Corner label and are picked separately at harvest.

http://www.punterscorner.com.au/ - Punters Corner - Tasting Notes On Australian & New Zealand wines
In 1996, the colleagues at Balnaves constructed an innovative winery and engaged the services of Punters Corner talented winemaker Peter Bissell. Today, with Pete Balnaves managing the Punters Corner vineyards and Pete Bissell making the estate wines, Punters Corner are set to achieve the highest standards of viticulture and wine making techniques.

Punters Corner wines are classically Australian in style and represent the most elite batches of grapes available to the Punters Corner vineyards in any year. Punters Corner vineyards currently produce some twelve hundred and fifty tonnes of fruit per annum of which one hundred and eighty tonnes are selected to produce premium table wine under the Punters Corner label.

Punters Corner have achieved numerous successes in wine shows both nationally and internationally. Punters Corner was honoured to have its 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002 and 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon included as one of Coonawarra's finest Cabernets in the annual Coonawarra Cabernet Weekend Auctions. Punters Corner Barrel Series 9 took out record price selling for an amazing $33,198.75, the highest price ever paid at auction!

As well as winning Australia's most coveted wine award, the 2000 Jimmy Watson trophy, Spartacus Shiraz has been included in the prestigious Bon Appetite magazines top one hundred wines available in the United States James Halliday has rated Punters Corner Wines with 5 Stars in both his 2005 and 2006 Wine Companion, rating the 2002 Spartacus Reserve Shiraz 96 points and the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon 94 points. To further add to the notoriety of Punters Corner Wines, the contract winemaker Peter Bissell was named the 2005 Qantas/Gourmet Traveller WINE, winemaker of the Year.

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Onannon is three people with one goal. The people are Sam Middleton, Kaspar Hermann and Will Byron, each of whom contributed the last letters of their surname to make Onannon. A friendship forged in winemaking studies was cemented in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with each of them serving stints at Coldstream Hills in the Yarra Valley in the noughties. Sam and Kaspar are still based in the Yarra, making wine at Mount Mary, while Will works at a winery on the Mornington Peninsula. Their goal at Onannon is to craft wines that speak a little of themselves and a lot of their place. Since starting out in 2008, their focus has been Pinot Noir and the regions of Gippsland and Mornington Peninsula, though in 2012 they added a first Gippsland Chardonnay. This tight band of brothers has garnered a devoted following with bright, expressive wines made in minuscule quantities. They have a great future ahead of them.
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Kaspar Hermann started his wine career at Seville Estate in the Yarra Valley in 2004. Eager to experience something different, he travelled to Italy and worked at Viticoltori De Conciliis in Campania, southern Italy in 2005 before returning that same year to work at Coldstream Hills. Kaspar then landed the assistant winemaker role at Punch (formerly Diamond Valley), where he stayed until his move to Mount Mary in 2011. During these years Kaspar honed his craft on some of the country’s most exalted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines while completing a Bachelor of Wine Science at Charles Sturt University.
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