2019 Cobaw Ridge Lagrein

Macedon Ranges, VIC

Australia's leading example of Lagrein and possibly the most iconic wine from this outstanding biodynamic producer.



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Biodynamic lagrein from a producer who had the vision with this variety and has nailed it down righteously.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

The Cobaw Ridge Lagrein is the very definition of a 'cult' wine.

The Coopers were the first family in Australia to produce this little-known Italian variety and it's been a labour of love to raise the variety's profile. The best example in the country, bar none.

It's a bold, full-bodied red with thick, rustic tannin and opulent mouthfeel. It's an extraordinary wine that sits alone in the Australian wine landscape.

If you want to see the best examples of Italian varieties coming out of Australia at the moment, the Cobaw Ridge Lagrein would absolutely be on the list.

About Cobaw Ridge

Cobaw Ridge was established in 1985 by Alan and Nelly Cooper in the Macedon Ranges.

This estate is the only certified organic and biodynamic producer in the region. Alan firmly believes that great wines are made in the vineyard. The vines come first at Cobaw Ridge. They grow excellent examples of Syrah, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and Australia's most sought-after example of Lagrein.

Over the years Alan's winemaking approach has become more and more minimalist. With sulphur now the only addition in the winery and Alan using more inert vessels such as Qvevri, the Cobaw Ridge Wines have never looked better.

Nelly and Alan Cooper
Nelly and Alan Cooper
Macedon Ranges, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

Our wine is allowed to express the season in which it was grown, 100% estate grown made and bottled. Our commitment is to quality in all aspects of vine management and wine making. All vineyard operations performed by the vignerons. Great wine is made in the vineyard, not the winery. Utilising the natural balance of our vines, most more than 25 years of age.

Blend : Lagrein (100%)
ABV : 12.7%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2029
Bottle Size : 750ml

Vigneron Alan Cooper
Vigneron Alan Cooper
Macedon, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Biodynamic lagrein from a producer who had the vision with this variety and has nailed it down righteously. A recent retrospective reminded me of this. This release is inky in the glass, big and dark berry richness to taste with strong, medicinal, cherry elixir, game meat. Sure is savoury, despite the heft of inky, darker fruits rolling around. Fine tannins stretch things nicely. Have to like that ferrous minerality, alongside the bandaid and smoke. It seems to fit ok, though, a rustic red with bold, ripe/sweet fruit. Go forth." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

"A variety where the colour – an exuberant and compelling deep purple – kickstarts the joy. It’s cooling, with alpine herbs, ironstone, freshly rolled tobacco and pepper but really, it’s a symphony of cherries from black, spiced, macerated to morello. The lithe acidity and shapely tannins are hand-in-hand. It's refreshing and ready now, with a pleasing if astringent finish, but it will garner more complexity in time." - Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)


Delivery is Free for any order of $99 or more, or just $10 for any orders less than $99. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like. Make your perfect mixed pack! In Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Byron Bay we deliver with our own vans. All other areas are serviced by Australia Post.

Sydney Metro orders in the Pink Zone will be delivered the next day 5 days per week, Monday through Friday. Orders in the Blue Zone will be delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays. Everything outside these zones will be delivered by Australia Post.

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Australia Wide Deliveries To the rest of Australia we use Australia Post. The Australia Post Collection Truck picks up orders from our Sydney warehouse every weekday at midday. If your order is placed before 12pm we’ll get it on the truck that day. Delivery times vary considerably with Australia Post and unfortunately there is no Express Delivery Option for wine (because it is fragile and heavy). PLEASE NOTE that we are currently seeing significant delays in the Australia Post delivery network. Strict government health and safety requirements and very high parcel volumes are causing significant backlogs at the main NSW and VIC sorting facilities. Orders are still arriving safe and sound but you may notice slower delivery times and less frequent scanning updates than usual.

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