Middlebrook Estate & Cogno Brothers

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RSD 43 Sand Road
McLaren Vale SA 5171
Australia
Phone: 08 8383 0600
Email: dangus@middlebrookestate.com.au
Appointment Email: mail@middlebrookestate.com.au

Middlebrook wines is located in McLaren Vale in South Australia. Joseph Cogno from the well known Cogno wine family, is the new owner. The Cognos also have "Cobbitty Wines" in New South Wales, Joseph done a superb job in redeveloping this fine property, he has been in the McLaren Vale region for a number of years and was manager of a large McLaren Vale winery. Joseph certainly has a feel for the vineyards and wines of the district and an aesthetics of winery design.

The new Middlebrook complex includes a spacious tasting area with floor to ceiling windows overlooking a landscaped, tuscan style terrace garden, lawns and the classic rotunda. Later this year Middlebrook will open a superb Art Gallery at the rear of the Cellar Door area.

The Middlebrook winebar and restaurant is in the center of the building with a long covered verandah where one can also eat. On the Sand Road entrance is the Medlow Confectionery factory producing unique fruit gels andchocolates.

Middlebrook is surrounded by its own 15 acre vineyard which Joseph has put considerable work into, reviving the old vines which are now producing wonderful fruit full of character.

Middlebrook also have an 80 acre vineyard called Highcrest a little further into the Hills near Kangarilla.

The Middlebrook Estate wines are great examples of the rich full flavours produced by the rich ironstone soils in the Willunga scrap area. Apart from his range of premium table wines Joseph is now producing the famous Cogno Lambrusco at Middlebrook. This is one of the largest selling Lambrusco's in Australia.

Joseph is also reviving a unique liqueur created some 25 years ago by David Hardy the then proprietor. This is a combination of fortified wine blend with cumquat at a strength of around 23% alcohol, it certainly is a delicious after dinner drink and great base for cocktails and long drinks. Joseph found a couple of barrels of the original blend beautifully mature and has used this as his base for the new blend. I tasted is recently and if anything he has improved on my uncle's blend.

Middlebrooks history goes back to 1880 when wine pioneer Thomas Hardy bought and planted a fertile block of land between two streams east of McLaren Vale, calling it "Glen Hardy". Ironically after a number of changes of ownership it was purchased in 1978 by Thomas's great grandson David and his two sons Christopher and John, they renamed the property Middlebrook.

 

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