Punters Corner


Punters Corner wines continue in the proud tradition of grape growing at the vineyards near Old Racecourse Road on the way to Penola racetrack and the grapes travel only a couple of kilometres to be crushed, fermented and aged. Punters Corner wines reflect the unique sense of place of Coonawarra in their richness, fruit intensity and depth of character.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Coonawarra, South Australia.


  • Producing many award-winning wines.

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Practices & Techniques

Fermentation takes approximately six days and the ferments are allowed to rise in temperature up to twenty-eight to thirty degrees centigrade. They are then maintained at this temperature to maximise tannin extraction. Fermentation is in both small open topped stainless steel fermenters and vinimatic roto-fermenters. Pumping over is done twice daily with complete working of the skins to ensure maximum extraction of colour, flavour and tannins from the skins to build more complex tannin structures in the wines.

To build complexity, a portion of the Cabernet crop is barrel fermented in new tight grained French oak barriques. The fermenting wine is pressed off skins into new barrels at 1-2 Be to complete fermentation and develop the special coffee bean/fruit cake aromas of reds made in this way.

New red wine is settled followed by blending after which it is transferred to oak for maturation with malo-lactic fermentation, usually completed in oak. Wines are racked and reworked once or twice during oak maturation, which takes between twelve to eighteen months, depending on the wine and vintage. Barrels are stored at twelve o’clock with regular topping. Reds receive a light egg white fining and minimal filtration before bottling. Wines are gently pressed off skins when ready, no augers or conveyors are used, the skins are raked into a bin and tipped into a bag press or dropped in directly from the vinimatics. This produces softer tannins in the pressings wines.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

The most famous vineyard soil in Australia is the renowned Terra Rossa of Coonawarra in South Australia. Over 100 years ago John Riddoch found grape vines would grow to perfection in this fertile soil that is a unique mixture of clay and sand that overlies limestone. The secret of Coonawarra lies in a magical marriage of rich red Terra Rossa soil, limestone, pure underground water and a long cool ripening season for the grapes.

Coonawarra vineyard land is prized like a precious gem. The cigar shaped strip of 'Terra Rossa' is finite, only 21km long and 2km wide, and is all but taken up by vineyards. Punters Corner vineyards are in the heart of this area. This source of top quality fruit has allowed Punters Corner to produce many award-winning wines and build an enviable reputation for quality

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PO Box 296
Coonawarra, South Australia 5263

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