Lindemans Coonawarra Pyrus is a Bordeaux-style blend sourced from the centre of Coonawarra's Terra Rossa strip, including the century old Nursery Vineyard, one of the oldest in Coonawarra. Its backbone is old vine Coonawarra Cabernet, up to 80%, fleshed out by smaller proportions Merlot, Malbec and/or Cabernet Franc.
Pyrus is a rich and supple wine of elegance and complexity. It drinks well in its youth but also has proven cellaring capacity. It is the softest, smoothest member of the Lindeman’s ‘Coonawarra Trio’, with Limestone Ridge, a Cabernet-Shiraz blend, and St George, a straight Cabernet. The 1985 Pyrus won the Jimmy Watson Trophy in 1986.
Pyrus offers a traditional blend to complete and compliment the Lindeman’s Trio range. This is a medium to full-bodied wine with seamless and succulent black fruit that rolls across the palate from start to finish. Bold and elegant with rich dark fruit, even texture and firm tannins.
Another member of the Coonawarra Trio of wines. This is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with a combined contribution of 20% Merlot and Malbec. Such beautiful poise and expression of the region and how these three varieties marry into something spectacular. It’s medium bodied with a silky-smooth structure of fine chalky tannins and a fine-grained oak contribution. This has been expertly harnessed to give it shape and length. Then there’s the brightness and palate energy which takes it into another zone. The 2015 was also tasted and its showed the similar house style. The combinations of varieties for this wine have varied slightly in recent years. For instance, the 2010 used cabernet franc rather than malbec. In reviewing the three wines and other recent tasting notes I think the malbec contribution will ultimately result is more complete wines.
96 points, Wine Pilot (December 2020)
Gold Medal + 96 points- Class 48
Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2021
This is in tip-top form, starting with its enticing dark purple/red hue. A cascade of dark, sweet fruit come liberally fragrant, with baking spices and choc-mint. They follow through on a full-bodied yet neatly contained palate that offers up beautiful cocoa-like tannins.
95 points, Wine Companion (December 2020)
A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 5% Malbec, all from the Nursery Vineyard in Coonawarra, this wine spends time in French oak. It is an even deeper purple than the Limestone Ridge and I just love the aroma here. Plush, grapey (yes, of course grapes should smell grapey but I hope you know what I mean), blackfruits, spices, blackberry jelly, chocolate. This wine has more finesse than its siblings and there is power but elegance too. With good acidity, fine tannins and excellent length, this is one of the best Pyrus releases in ages.
95 points, Wine Pilot (November 2020)
One of the long-standing Lindeman’s Coonawarra Trio, this blend measures in at 80:15:5 respectively according to the label. It’s the full business in terms of fruit intensity, the blend providing some flesh around the pure fruit flavour lines, and adding a suggestion of dark chocolate to begin. As in its Trio siblings, the palate is turbo driven with rich yet spritely purple fruit, acidity deftly supportive and again a baked fruit bun complexity, and not burdened by over-zealous tannins.
95 points, Wine Pilot (December 2020)
Deep red/purple colour, the bouquet reserved and tobaccoey, with undergrowth, humus-like overtones. Some violet nuances. The wine is bright and lively, with fresh acidity giving it crispness and bite. Full-bodied and supple, savoury flavours with terrestrial notes uppermost. More of a St-Émilion style to St George's Medoc style.
94 points, The Real Review (January 2021)
Mellow, chocolatey thing with big bouquet, soft texture, medium-to-fuller weight and a general, lush, moreish sense. Sweet and sour plum fruit characters, mulberry, dark chocolate, clove-cinnamon woody spice and twists of salted liquorice. It’s late on tannin but fine when it comes, the finish just a little thin and lemony for my liking, but many won’t quibble and see ‘freshness’ and ‘bite’. In good form.
93+ points, The Wine Front (September 2021)
CoonawarraThe first vines were planted in Coonawarra by John Riddoch in 1890, however it was not until the renewed interest in table wine production in the 1950's that Coonawarra was brought into the limelight. Located almost 380 km southeast of Adelaide, Coonawarra is today one of the most famous red wine regions in Australia. Its weathered limestone terra rossa soils, avaibility of water and relatively cool maritime climate make it a unique viticultural region. Extremely flat and unprotected, Coonawarra is exposed both to the swinging influences of the cool Great Southern Ocean and hot, dry northerly winds. Spring frosts also pose a major threat with the potential to wipe out entire crops. Mechanical harvesting is widely employed in the region although smaller producers prefer to tend their vines by hand. Coonawarra is best known for classically-styled Cabernet Sauvignon, although in good years, Shiraz from the region is also very compelling.