Mount Benson is a small wine region located on South Australia's Limestone Coast, featuring welcoming cellar doors where locals are eager to share their wines and stories. The region is strongly influenced by the Southern Ocean and features a cool, maritime climate.

 

Here you are sure to find fabulous take-away fish and chips - or a succulent lobster from the Southern Ocean. 

31° 09'S
Latitude
50-150m
Altitude
217mm
Growing season rainfall

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

Natural tannin levels are good, and the overall extract and weight are more than satisfactory. To date, Mount Benson’s Cabernet styles have won a number of trophies and gold medals.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is fine and elegant and has an excellent intensity.

Sauvignon Blanc

These crisp, grassy, herbaceous wines are very different from the far richer examples of Padthaway, reflecting the distinctly warmer climate of Mount Benson, with attractive touches of gooseberry and passionfruit.

Shiraz

The wine quality and style is exciting, with cherry, black pepper and spice flavours in a medium-bodied frame lending itself to the use of French oak. Other winemakers, well experienced with Shiraz, are also adding a small quantity of Viognier to enhance the suppleness and style.

Top varieties grown in Mount Benson
Climate
  • Strongly influenced by the Southern Ocean, the climate in Mount Benson is cool and maritime.  
  • Summer temperatures can be three degrees cooler than the nearby Coonawarra region, and though budburst occurs two weeks earlier, harvest is about the same time or slightly later.
Soil
  • Irrigation is provided by high quality ground water, which exists in abundance in the underlying limestone.