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Limestone Coast Wine

The Limestone Coast GI (Geographical Indication) in South Australia is located in the south-eastern corner of the state, bordering Victoria in the east. It is one of the most significant wine zones of the country, producing nearly one-third of South Australia's quality wines – some of which are the most highly acclaimed in Australia. The Limestone Coast received its GI status in 1996.

The zone is regarded as geologically unique and the feature responsible for producing such high-quality wines is its soil. As the name suggests, limestone forms the basis of the soil here, best represented by the famous 'terra rossa' of Coonawarra. The limestone soils are well-draining and rich in nutrients, with a healthy water table beneath the sub-soil – unlike many other South Australian wine-producing areas. This means that most irrigation needs are taken care of, which is vital in the dry ripening season.

Limestone Coast's climate is cool maritime, although the inland north-eastern parts may experience some continental effects. Altitude does not have a major impact on the local climate as the grape-growing areas lie no more than 492ft (150m) above sea level. The lowest vineyards, near Cape Jaffa, are at an elevation of 33ft (10m). The vines are cooled by sea breezes during summer, resulting in cool to mild growing conditions with a slow and long ripening process. This extended hang time assists in the development of intensity in the grapes' fruit flavors.

A wide range of grape varieties of both colors perform exceedingly well in the Limestone Coast, but its red wines are of particular importance. Cabernet Sauvignon produces some of the most sought-after wines, with Shiraz and Merlot also prominent. The cooler parts of the zone are suitable for white varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Viognier.

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Here are some wines produced in this region and all sub-regions, only the first 500 will be shown.
Wine Name
Grape 
Popularity
Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz, Coonawarra, Australia Shiraz $30 563
Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon $35 1105
Penfolds Bin 620 Cabernet Sauvignon - Shiraz, Coonawarra, South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon - Shiraz $1,211 2280
Wynns Coonawarra Estate John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon $102 2530
Henry's Drive Parson Flat Shiraz - Cabernet Sauvignon, Padthaway, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon - Shiraz $36 2856
Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa First Growth, Coonawarra, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot $78 3486
Jacob's Creek St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon $40 3555
Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon $20 3608
Petaluma 'Coonawarra', Limestone Coast, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot $52 3893
Henry's Drive Reserve Shiraz, Padthaway, Australia Shiraz $53 4334
Lindeman's Pyrus Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Malbec, Coonawarra, Australia Bordeaux Blend Red $55 4585
Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon $283 4628
Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon $18 5329
Wynns Coonawarra Estate Michael Shiraz, Coonawarra, Australia Shiraz $94 5364
Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon $82 5399
Henry's Drive Pillar Box Red, Padthaway, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon - Shiraz $11 5482
Yalumba The Menzies Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon $42 5534
Wynns Coonawarra Estate Shiraz, Coonawarra, Australia Shiraz $18 5619
Lindeman's Limestone Ridge Shiraz - Cabernet, Coonawarra, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon - Shiraz $53 5633
Henry's Drive Shiraz, Padthaway, Australia Shiraz $33 5722
Greg Norman Estates Reserve Shiraz, Limestone Coast, Australia Shiraz $35 6229
Greg Norman Australia Estates Shiraz, Limestone Coast, Australia Shiraz $13 6518
Greg Norman Australia Estates Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot, Limestone Coast, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot $13 6735
Lindeman's St George Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon $57 7053
Majella Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon $31 7568
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