The Reschke history and its close relationship with Coonawarra began in 1906 with the establishment of a prime Hereford stud in the heart of the region. It is this cattle grazing heritage that is reflected in the Reschke bull logo, and the names of the premium Reschke wines.
Reschke’s 400 acre vineyard consists primarily of the varietal that is famous as Coonawarra’s crown jewel; Cabernet Sauvignon.
Burke Reschke, the fourth generation in the family to work the land in Coonawarra, started to develop vineyards and grow grapes for other wineries on the Reschke estate in 1989. The resulting fruit was of such exceptional quality that it was in demand throughout the nineties and used in some of Australia's icon wines. In 1998, Burke released the first wine under the Reschke brand – Empyrean - from the most outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon parcels on the property.
"This sensational Cabernet Sauvignon based classic is particularly impressive given the fact that it is Reschke’s first effort!" Robert Parker Jnr.
"When first released … be a new, unknown Coonawarra winery at $100 per bottle, the silence was deafening, good though the wine was. It is now evolving superbly, with a lovely mix of rich blackcurrant and cedar/cigar box. The palate is supple and sweet in the best sense; long future." James Halliday
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