A visit to South Australia by Dutch and Belgian sommeliers, early in 2002, saw them visit Coonawarra to meet local winemakers. Their trip report highlighted Highbank Wines thus:
Discovery: Highbank Coonawarra
The discovery of the day was Highbank 1999 “Coonawarra”. Dennis Vice made this outstanding wine. He is an individual of outstanding knowledge in viticulture and produces on one type of wine – a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc.
In 1986 Dennis purchased 4 hectares of ground in Coonawarra and in 1991 produced his first vintage wine. In the year 1999 he produced 400 cases of wine that were exported.
His wine has an outstandingly fragrant nose, a complex broad taste with a very long finish. A truly outstanding wine from this famous domain.