Cape Naturaliste Vineyard
A boutique winemaker focused on bio-dynamic philosophies, located in a 19th century coach house that was originally an inn for horse and cart travellers between Perth and Margaret River.
- Open Days/times:10:30am - 5pm Everyday
- Wine Region:Margaret River
- Wine Variety:Rose,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot,Muscat,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz
- Cases Produced:5000
- Vineyards:10.7 hectares
- Winemaker:Bruce Dukes, Craig Brent-White
- Facilities:Cellar Door,Dogs Welcome
The historic property was originally a primary stop for travellers journeying between Perth and Margaret River on horse and buggy, a trip taking about three days. Some years later it became a dairy property. During this time whalers who moored their ships in the sheltered waters of Smith’s Beach would visit to purchase vegetables grown in the valley’s alluvial soils.
In 1970 the surrounding land was discovered to be rich in mineral sands and was purchased by a mining company. Prior to operations beginning, the government declared the land a national park, prohibiting any mining. In 1980 the property was purchased by winemaker Craig Brent-White. Vines were planted in 1997.
The valley's rich variety of soil types and coastal aspect give the wines character and depth. This is accentuated by the bio-dynamic philosophies the vineyard follows to take advantage of the property’s soils, maritime location and abundance of clean ocean air from the Roaring Forties. (Strong westerly winds found in the Southern Hemisphere.)
The vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. The red wines are made in a traditional style for age-ability. The wines have won many awards, with a highlight being the Torpedo Rocks Cabernet Merlot 2009 being named Best Red from a Single Vineyard at London’s International Wine & Spirits competition in 2011.
The Cellar Door is open daily.
4.5 Black Stars