Denomination Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Australia, SA, Coonawarra
Variety 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot
Serving temperature 18°C
Pairing beef, lamb, poultry
On the nose berry fruits, ripe cherry, dark chocolate and liquorice aromas with some cedar nuance, subtle varietal lift and background French oak.
On the palate rich, ripe mouth filling cherry, berry and dark chocolate flavours with generous mid palate weight and good length. Fruit and oak tannins are both textural and enhancing.
It was only ever supposed to be temporary. John and Melissa moved to the iconic Coonawarra region 32 years ago intending to, in John’s words, “stay a little while”.
They bought a parcel of land ringed by tall Red Gum Eucalypts, and with natural wetlands dotted with Ottelia Ovalifolia, a native waterlily. All these years later John and Melissa are still there.
Together they have spent nearly half a lifetime in the Limestone coast region, John working as a winemaker and consultant across its unique wine growing regions, and Melissa establishing a restaurant.
Their lasting connection to the region and infatuation for wine has produced Ottelia, drawn from the best vineyards of the Limestone Coast.
Now they’re joined by the second generation, their eldest daughter Matilda and her partner Paul. After studying design and fine arts, Matilda worked full time in Melbourne restaurants, inevitably, the constant ‘distraction’ of food and wine has led her back to Coonawarra. Paul’s experiences working as a chef with Nick Holloway in Palm Cove and the McConnell Group in Melbourne has instilled a passion for working with local produce, an ideal complement to the Ottelia ethos.