Margaret River WA
Margaret River continues to produce some remarkable wines. It has been compared to the climate of Bordeaux in France but with a sunnier climate and less risk of hail, especially at vintage time. The proximity of the cooling Indian Ocean is important in vine growing. We’re so lucky to have the area, along with Great Southern on our door step for weekend’s away from the city.
From the first wineries of Moss Wood, Cullen and Vasse Felix in the 1960s, the region has grown significantly with an investment in wineries, viticulture and not to mention restaurants and increased tourism. Our top choices for the summer include two Chardonnays from Margaret River, two blends of Sauvignon and Semillon from producers Cape Mentelle and Cullen. We’ve also opted for the three blended grape variety from Pierro – with the majority of Semillon and Sauvignon and a little touch of Chardonnay at 5%. Click here to see the details.
In the latest issue, we’ve also recommended some wines from the Great Southern Region, an area starts about 280 kilometers south east of Perth. Mount Barker is located further to the east of here and Porongurup to its east. Denmark and Albany sub regions hug the coastline further south where the air is slightly warmer and wetter.
In the 1960s this area was explored more and wineries began to be built, with the area now home to an increasing number of wineries. The climate here is cooler than Margaret River with warm days and cool nights which help to heighten the acidity in the wines.
Great Southern has become synonymous for wonderful cool climate whites in particular Riesling. The whites can also be refreshing with interesting texture and long length. In the latest On the Vine summer issue, we recommend the Omrah Sauvignon Blanc (2013) from Mount Barker and a Riesling from two producers; West Cape Howe (the 2014) and Snake & Herring (2013). Click here to find out more.