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Shiraz Wine Variety Wineries in Bickley

Wineries in Bickley


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Aldersyde Estate

Mother & daughter team, Di and Lara, run Perth’s Hills’ oldest continually operating winery, producing small batches of handcrafted reds sold only at the cellar door in the stunning Bickley Valley.

  • Wine Region:Perth Hills
  • Open Days/times:Weekends 1pm to 5pm, public holidays by appointment
  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Merlot,Shiraz

Details

  • Perth Hills:Bickley Valley
  • Vineyards:2.5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Lara Bray
  • Established:1974
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Dogs Welcome
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Cases Produced:600 cases

Description

Formerly known as Piesse Brook Wines, Aldersyde is a stunning boutique winery located in the Bickley Valley and the oldest continually operating winery in the Perth Hills.

This is a traditional family winery in the truest sense. Specializing in hand crafted wines from fruit grown entirely on the estate vineyard, practically all the winemaking procedures are done by hand, from picking and sorting the grapes to winding up the hydraulic wooden basket press.

Relatives and friends join in and help at critical times, including vintage and pruning, but Aldersyde is essentially a mother-daughter operation, with Lara looking after the vines and winemaking and mother, Di, in charge of cellar door sales. 

Increasingly, the focus in the cellar is to produce more natural wines, using foot-treading and hand-plunging (pigéage) with pumpovers during fermentation and indigenous yeasts instead of manufactured yeasts and products.

Six wines are produced: Saignée, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Shiraz, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Production is limited to approximately 100 dozen per wine style and the wines are not available for retail elsewhere, making the cellar door experience quite unique.

Wines are available for tasting by appointment at the tiny cellar door, with the gorgeous wine-covered terrace overlooking the vines. Di runs the cellar door but Lara is often also available to chat whilst you savour a delicious glass of wine and Zoe the winery dog entertains the kids.

THE WINEMAKER

Larissa (also known as Lara) Bray is one of the quiet achievers of the Western Australian wine industry and a third-generation vigneron in the Perth Hills.

After a short career as a lawyer in Canberra and London, Lara studied winemaking at Adelaide University and then gained formidable experience by working vintage at iconic Australian wineries - Brokenwood, Mt Mary and Vasse Felix; Chard Farm in Central Otago; then Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Loire, Northern and Southern Rhone, and Barolo.

After working as assistant winemaker at Cape Mentelle from 2004 until 2007, Lara left to work with her mother, Di, at the family winery.

In 2008, Lara joined a distinguished group who have been dux of the Len Evans Tutorial - 'the most exclusive wine school in the world' says James Halliday, and has judged at wine shows throughout Australia and in New Zealand.

THE VINEYARD

The climate in the Perth Hills is typically Mediterranean with cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers, mediated by cooling afternoon sea breezes and night temperatures 2-3 degrees cooler than Perth or the Swan Valley. The climate has been likened to that of the Douro Valley in Portugal. MJT Kalamunda in the Bickley locality is 23.1°C, RH 45%, rainfall 900-1200mm.

Soils comprise underlying granitic quartz clays at depths from half a metre to 3 metres. The top vineyard and the top half of the bottom vineyard are planted on hilltop slopes and comprise gravels with medium to light loam content. The lower half of the bottom vineyard is in a gently sloping valley and consists of mostly loams and alluvial soils. Because of the underlying clay subsoil, soils tend to retain good moisture levels throughout the growing season. Drip irrigation is applied if necessary.

 

Carldenn Homestead Wines

A small family winery with an expansive range of vintage wines to be enjoyed whilst relaxing at the open bar and on handcrafted jarrah picnic tables on the ridge of the stunning Bickley Valley.

  • Open Days/times:Weekends & public holidays 9am to 5pm
  • Wine Variety:Shiraz,Chardonnay Semillon,Classic Dry White,Tawny,Semillon,Sparkling,Cabernet Merlot,Chardonnay
  • Wine Region:Perth Hills

Details

  • Vineyards:0.5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Bella Ridge Estate (Alon Arbel)
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cases Produced:700 cases
  • Perth Hills:Bickley Valley
  • Cellar Door Open:Sunday,Holidays,Saturday
  • Established:1998
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Picnic Facilities

Description

As Kalamunda locals, Dennis and Carline Humphrey are no strangers to the terrain of the Perth Hills. With encouragement from local wine guru Peter Fimmel, Chardonnay and Semillon varieties were first planted in 1998 on the famous Red Gum soil high on the western ridge of the Bickley Valley.

The Wines

Carldenn Homestead Wines offer an expansive variety of reds, whites and sparkling wines designed to appeal to any palette. Each vintage has a unique character with different complexities, from the fresh fruit and creamy finish of the unwooded Chardonnay to the full-bodied, bold and delicious Shiraz.

Cellar Door

Located amongst the bushland of Walliston, Carldenn Homestead's cellar door includes an open bar and picnic area with handcrafted jarrah tables made by Dennis himself. After eating and drinking, you are free to wander amongst the vines. 

Plume Estate

Take in sweeping views of the Bickley Valley's stunning vineyards at this boutique vineyard cafe, making a focused range of wines to enjoy with its popular Tapas-style lunch menu.

  • Open Days/times:12pm to 4pm Fri, 11am to 5pm Sat & Sun, & most Public Holidays
  • Wine Region:Perth Hills
  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Rosé,Merlot,Shiraz,Pinot Noir

Details

  • Brands:Plume
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Restaurant,Dogs Welcome
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Perth Hills:Bickley Valley
  • Cases Produced:300 cases
  • Established:2015
  • Winemaker:Josh Davenport and Matt Bowness
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 2011 - 2019

Description

The most recent cellar door addition to Bickley Valley, Plume Estate is nestled on the side of a hill on Glen Isla Road, and boasts stunning views of the wine region. It is run by husband and wife Jim and Audrey Volmer.

The Wines

The wine range includes a Vintage Sparkling, a Rosé made from Merlot and a Fortified Shiraz.

Cellar Door

The cellar door is open from 12pm-4pm on Fridays and from 11am-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays and offers tastings of all the wines.

The Food

The cosy restaurant features modern, artful Tapas-style dishes, with spectacular views across the Valley making it an ideal setting for a picturesque lunch. Open from 11am-5pm from Friday to Sunday. Bookings recommended.

The Packing Shed At Lawnbrook

Tucked away in the Bickley Valley, the Lawnbrook Estate and Packing Shed Restaurant provide arelaxed atmosphere with cellar-door sales and rustic home-cooked meals in picturesque surroundings.

  • Wine Region:Perth Hills
  • Wine Variety:Pinot blend,Tempranillo,Classic Dry White,Semillon Chardonnay,Shiraz,Sparkling,Chardonnay
  • Open Days/times:Fri to Sun 9am to 4pm

Details

  • Breakfast Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Facilities:Light Food,Restaurant,Cellar Door
  • Cases Produced:300
  • Vineyards:1 acre
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Perth Hills:Bickley Valley
  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Brands:Lawnbrook Estate
  • Established:Reopened 2017
  • Winemaker:Matt Bowness

Description

Ever since holding their wedding reception at the property 18 years ago, owning and running the Lawnbrook Estate and restaurant has been a long-held dream for Rebekah and Bruce Wilson. For the last year, they have been lovingly restoring the property, preparing their first vintage, and refining their menus. With an acre of vines on the 10 acre historic property, a variety of estate-grown wines are produced, and the Packing Shed @ Lawnbrook, the estate's boutique cafe, serves breakfast, lunch, homemade cakes and coffee. 

The Wines
Lawnbrook Estate is the wine brand associated with the Packing Shed Restaurant and the small vineyard set along Piesse Brook. While thefocus is on producing food-friendly wine for the restaurant, cellar door sales and tastings are also available. The varieties include Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Semillon Chardonnay, Classic White, Pinot Rose, Shiraz, Tempranillo and Shiraz Tempranillo. 

The Food
Specialising in all things handmade and local, the Packing Shed Restaurant will be serving up breakfast and lunch from Friday to Sunday each week. Food is prepared onsite using seasonal and local produce whenever possible, catering to various dietary requirements. In warmer months, guests are invited to bring a picnic blanket and enjoy one of the Shed's cheeseboards on the lawn. 

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