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Sunset at Lake Cooper Estate vineyard in Heathcote
Lake Cooper Estate vineyard
Lake Cooper Estate shiraz grapes in vineyard
Lake Cooper Estate winery in Heathcote at night
Lake Cooper Estate vineyard in Heathcote early morning sun

Lake Cooper Estate

Lake Cooper Estate

Located at the northern end of the Great Dividing Range, Lake Cooper Estate sits on a stretch of ancient, Cambrian-period land, which exhibits beautiful red clay-loam soil that’s rich in calcium and sodium. In the 1860s, German immigrant Henning Rathjen cultivated the first vines in Heatchote. However, it wasn’t until a century later that locals realised the area was exceptional for cultivating grapes, especially shiraz.

Established in 1998 by Geraldine and Gerry McHarg, Lake Cooper Estate specialises in dry-bodied varietals. The first shiraz vines were planted on 12 hectares, which quickly grew to 18. While shiraz is Lake Cooper Estate’s flagship variety, cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, and a small planting of merlot and verdelho are also grown on site.

Nestled on the tail of the Mount Camel range, the winery boasts picturesque views of Lake Cooper, Lake Green and the township of Corop.

Since its inception, Lake Cooper Estate has been committed to producing high-quality wine that’s characterstic of the Heathcote region. The winery’s new owner, Li Ping, champions traditional French-brewing technology, which ensures Lake Cooper Estate’s wines exude a noble elegance. Lake Cooper Estate’s focus is to minimise the artificial modification of wine, which preserves the unique flavours of the grapes.

A striking new restaurant, accommodation and spa facilities are now also available. For the complete safari experience, visitors are encouraged to stay overnight in one of the winery’s luxurious tents.

Tasting Notes

1962 Lake Cooper Estate Well Bin Shiraz
⇐ 1962 Well Bin Shiraz

Dark red in colour, this wine is dense and earthy on the nose. The palate is rich and intense, and exhibits full-bodied flavours of ripe, red-berry fruit and licorice, with lifted black-pepper aromas. Elegantly structured and beautifully balanced, this shiraz has a fabulous savoury and cedary-oak persistence.

1980 Lake Cooper Estate Well Bin Shiraz
⇐ 1980 Well Bin Shiraz

A brooding, deep-ruby colour, this wine exhibits hints of silky-black fruits, which are surrounded by earthy notes of wet clay. The palate is big and rich, with flavours of tobacco, oak, and dark chocolate. Showcasing fine tannins, this great-value shiraz has excellent length, which wine aficionado will surely enjoy.

1717 Lake Cooper Estate Well Bin Shiraz Cabernet
⇐ 1717 Well Bin Shiraz Cabernet

With aromas of sweet blackberry, cassis and plum, this classic Australian blend exhibits a silky mouthfeel and an excellent balance of oak and acidity. Easy to drink, this rich yet elegant wine shows cool-climate restraint and subtle spicy notes. Fresh and with great tannin structure, this shiraz-cabernet blend displays a long, toasty finish.

007 Lake Cooper Estate Well Bin Shiraz Cabernet
⇐ 007 Well Bin Shiraz Cabernet

A full, dark-red colour in the glass, this juicy and delicious wine has sweet, black-fruit depth and real cedar length. The medium-bodied, fruit-driven palate has a core of vibrant blackcurrant and red-berry flavours. Showing regional notes of leather, earth, crushed leaf and black pepper, this shiraz-cabernet blend displays abundant tannins wth a robust oak finish.

VISITOR’S GUIDE

 

Getting There
1608 Midland Highway,
Corop

Contact Details
Tel: (03) 9670 9325
Email: info@lakecooper.com.au
Email (Consumer’s Only): enquiry@lakecooper.com.au 
Website: www.lakecooper.com.au

Cellar Door
Open daily (bookings essential)

Restaurant
Open 12:00pm–4:00pm on Sundays

Weddings & Functions
Yes

Accommodation
Yes

Additional Features

Guided tours available upon project completion