IT survived a year of wild weather that included a tornado and flooding rains and triumphed with six listings in James Halliday’s 2014 Wine Companion, including being upgraded to a five red star rating.
Coolangatta Estate is the first Shoalhaven Coast Winery to achieve this rating which places it in the top 9 per cent of 2500 wineries listed in the companion.
This rating is described as being “an outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity”.
Cellar door manager at Coolangatta Estate Wines Ben Wallis said he was delighted with the results.
“We have been a five-star winery for the past four years but to now take the next step into a five red star winery is certainly a great achievement,” he said.
“It puts us up among the big boys of the industry.
“It means we have continued excellent quality and our wines are very varietal, meaning they represent what they should be.”
To move into the five red stars, a winery has to have two wines above 94 points and have been a five-star winery for at least two years.
“It’s not just a case of having a good vintage, you have to be consistent over a long period of time with the wine you are producing,” Mr Wallis said.
“And we have reached that level, which is great.”
Leading the listing was the estate’s 2007 Semillon on 95 points out of a possible 100, which was also listed in the Best of the Best by variety.
The 2012 Semillon posted 94 points, the 2012 Savagnin 93, the 2011 Tempranillo 92, the 2011 Alexander Berry Chardonnay 91 and the 2011 Tannat 90.
The winery’s next step is to have its name printed in red, which is the top 3.5 per cent of wineries represented in the companion.
“That may take a few years but it is something we are certainly now aiming for,” Mr Wallis said.
“Obviously we are very chuffed not only for ourselves but also likewise it’s a great thing for the Shoalhaven Coast Wine Region.
“It takes a long time to build these ratings and it is recognition of a lot of hard work. But that hard work really begins now as we have to maintain the standard people now expect.”
Coolangatta Estate was joined by a fellow Shoalhaven winery, Cupitt’s at Milton, which has four listings, for its 2011 Woodlands Sauvignon, 2012 Rosie’s Pinot Noir Rose, 2012 Mia Bella Arneis and the 2011 Late Harvest Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc.
The local wineries are looking forward to this year’s crop.
“We’ve done all the work over winter to prepare, now we are just waiting for bud burst,” Mr Wallis said.
“But the warm weather of late may mean that could be earlier than usual.
“Hopefully we have a few more weeks; we don’t want to speed up the season too much. We still have to get through the August winds.
“But once bud burst happens it is full on until we get the crop in.
“But at the moment we are in the lap of the gods – we have done all we can do, we just have to wait.”