Cooter & Cooter is a family business. Our logo reflects the connection between the generations of winemaker. The cursive script having been used by various Cooter businesses since 1847. James Cooter was born to be a winemaker, coming from a family with a modern history of more than 20 years in the Australian wine industry. He is the son of Colin Cooter from Lengs & Cooter wines.Kimberly Cooter is also a hands-on winemaker, having learned the early years of her craft in the hands of her father, Walter Clappis, a veteran McLaren Vale winemaker, best known for his much celebrated time running Ingoldby Wines, and more recently, The Hedonist Wines.
In 2005 Kimberly and James packed their bags and headed to the United States, working in California’s Sonoma Valley. Invigorated by their year in the US, they returned to Australia, back to hands-on winemaking with Walter Clappis at The Hedonist.
Now with over 20 vintages between them, and having purchased their own plot of paradise in 2012, Kimberly and James created Cooter & Cooter. The vineyard is situated on the southern slopes of Whites Valley, McLaren Vale with views to the coast. It is comprised of Shiraz and Cabernet planted in 1996 and old vine Grenache planted in the 1950’s.
Whites Valley is a sub region of McLaren Vale, close to Willunga, and just minutes from the coast.
2016 Watervale Riesling
This classic Clare Riesling was dry grown in the heart of Watervale on red “terra rossa” soil over limestone. It has all the classic characters typical of fine Riesling from Watervale. Elegant with hints of lime and a crunchy acid finish.
pH – 3.01 ALC – 11.57% Residual Sugar – Dry 1.47g/l
“It is full of lime and talc, with lot’s of lively acidity thrown into the mix. It is classic Watervale through and through and the acidity reminds me of those great 2002 Rieslings. Drink 2018-2030”. 95 points Anthony D’Anna – note for 2015
The Shiraz is Estate grown on the Cooter & Cooter Whites Valley vineyard. This wine and has been matured in 4 year old French oak hogsheads, letting the bright and juicy fruit from our vineyard shine. It displays cocoa and black cherries with fine tannins finishing long.
pH – 3.59 ALC – 14.04% Residual Sugar – Dry 1.5g/l
“It has an effortless appeal. It’s a simple affair but a generous one with blackberry, raspberry, licorice and chocolate flavours tumbling over themselves in an effort to please. It does so, handsomely. Its generally soft but there’s some structure here too. Drink 2016-2021” 90 Winefront.com.au