|View of part of the Clare Valley.|
It just happened that on this blustery Wednesday while driving through the Clare Valley the boys had an hour or so to kill before their next appointment. Located approximately 120km north of Adelaide, the region has more than 40 wineries including Skillogalee, Cardinham Estates, Annies Lane, Claymore Wines, Grossett Wines, Jim Barry Wines, Killikanoon, Kirrihill Wines, Knappstein Wines, Leasingham, Neagles Rock, Paulett Wines, Pikes, Reillys and Taylors. With all these options luck would have the boys looking left and pulling into Greg Cooley Wines.
A cozy little tasting room with a free standing wood burning fire giving off some magic warmth on a cold winters day and a tasting list that immediately got their attention. The list had all the usual suspects but also some not so usual and all had names that required questions. The wines are named after people who have been of influence to Greg over the years and their influence is as varied as the wine styles - from South Australian author Monica McInerney to his Greyhounds vet, Graham Beh! An interesting approach to naming wines for sure.Unfortunately, Greg was not on site during their visit but next time the boys will be looking to get more of the back story for you (and them) as it sounds like it may be very interesting.
A lovely young lady, we will call her “Lisa” (embarrassed we have lost our notes)was serving up the tastings and filling in the story of each one. She was well versed in the wines and holding her own with the boys verbal sparring. Staying on task with those two going at it would be a test of the best. The wines were delightful with a common theme of well balanced and approachable wines. None were over oaked and most were already to take to dinner. The Rehbein &Ryan’ Reserve Cabernet and the Bennet & Byrne' Reserve Shiraz were the take home bottles of the day. We will be back and next time plan ahead.
Greg Cooley wines not only gets a ‘Recommend” from us but recently received ‘5 STARS - JAMES HALLIDAY AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION 2011 EDITION’.
Go by and have a taste. You will be glad you did.
Kiwi & Koala