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3drops

Owned by the Bradbury family, 3 Drops specialises in premium, cool-climate wines from the Great Southern, and extra virgin olive oil from Greek Spanish and Italian varieties grown on the property.

  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Riesling,Rosé,Sauvignon Blanc
  • Open Days/times:Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Brands:3drops
  • Cases Produced:5000 cases
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Great Southern:Mount Barker
  • Established:1998
  • Vineyards:21.5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Robert Diletti (Contract)
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door

Description

Established in 1998 in Mt Barker by husband and wife Joanne and John, 3 Drops 15ha of vineyards is planted mostly with riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, cabernet, pinot and shiraz.  In 2002, Rob Diletti joined as winemaker and brought great acclaim, awards and trophies to the winery. 

The olive grove has some 2000 olive trees planted, including (Italian, Greek and Spanish varieties. and is a significant part of the property.  The olives, like the grapes, take on cool-climate characteristics and the extra virgin olive oil is well-known for its complex, balanced, spicy flavours. 

The winery exports to China, Hong Kong and South Korea.

The Wines
The range of wines at 3 Drops is concise and play to the strengths of the region, in particular, the highly regarded and age-worthy riesling and elegant pinot noir. Winemaker Rob Diletti, who was awarded James Halliday’s Winemaker of the Year in 2014, has produced some of the region’s best examples. The sauvignon blanc and cabernets, a blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, were the first wines to be produced. The range has since expanded to eight wines including shiraz, merlot, chardonnay, a rose, riesling and pinot noir.

Wine Tasting
There is no cellar door open to the public.

Unique Highlights
The pinot noir, the riesling, and the extra-virgin olive oil, which is available for purchase in good food merchants in Mt Barker town, and surrounding towns.

Halliday Rating
5 Black Stars

Brave New Wine

A husband and wife duo and three-time Young Gun of Wine finalist making highly original, small batch, rustic, minimal intervention wines from a range of superb Great Southern vineyards.

  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Riesling,Shiraz

Details

  • Established:2012
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Established 2011 - 2019
  • Great Southern:Denmark

Description

Established in 2012, Brave New Wine is an adventure in wine by Andries and Yoko Luscher-Mostert. While working towards owning their own vineyard, the pair source fruit which is expressive of place and utilises organic/biodynamic management from high quality sites in the Great Southern. Wines are created utilising natural ferments, high quality fruit and traditional oak. Brave New Wine is a three-time finalist in Australia’s Young Gun of Wine Awards which recognise the most interesting new players in the nation’s wine scene.

The Wines

Every new wine gets a brand new, custom designed label by Yoko each vintage. The creatively-named collection includes a 'Magical Animal' Chardonnay, 'Dreamland' Riesling and 'Shadenfreude' Shiraz.

 

Bunn Wine

Established in 1997, this boutique winery specialises in preservative free wines made from bio-dynamically farmed fruit, with help from the ducks, geese and guinea fowl roaming the vineyards.

  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Shiraz
  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door

Details

  • Brands:Bunn
  • Established:1997
  • Winemaker:David McNamara
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Great Southern:Albany

Description

Sustainable farming minimizing impact on the environment is central to operations both in the vineyards and the winery. Solar power is used for heating and cooling in the winery. The employment of minimal intervention practises and bio-diverse vineyard management eliminate the need for fertilisers and pesticides. Must waste and all other output from the winery are reused for irrigation and feed for livestock.  No chemicals are used in the vineyards and therefore none are present in the winery output.

Positioned just over halfway between Albany and Mt Barker, on the Albany side.

The Wines
The two red wines produced at the estate are natural wines, made with minimal intervention, fermented in French oak using wild yeasts, and unfined and unfiltered.  The low-yielding shiraz and cabernet are planted to dry-grown vineyards (ie no irrigation) on north facing slopes.  The fruit is farmed with bio-dynamic methods, and the vineyards remain free of synthetic fertiliser, fungicides and residual herbicides.  Due to the resultant biodiversity, the earth enjoys healthy, nutrient rich soil and plenty of organic matter.

Wine Tasting
No cellar door.

Unique Highlights
Bunn is one of the rising stars in the natural, bio-dynamic and minimal-intervention wine movement, which has found a niche following in Australia of the past 5 or more years.  The Great Southern is home to a handful of great producers with similar philosophies, so if this is an area of interest, the Bunn wines must be sought out.

Halliday Rating
No Halliday rating or scores.

La Violetta Wines

Mercurial winemaker Andrew Hoadley produces an innovative re-imagination of traditional wines through his fermentation of creative, drinkable blends at this boutique wine production facility.

  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Malbec,Riesling,Shiraz

Details

  • Brands:La Violetta Wines
  • Established:2008
  • Winemaker:Andrew Hoadley
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Great Southern:Denmark

Description

La Violetta was established in 2008 by Andrew 'AJ' Hoadley, a well-travelled and respected winemaker who chose to settle in Denmark with his wife Hanna Reichel for its excellent winemaking conditions. Grapes are sourced from a handful of trusted growers from some of the oldest vineyards in the region, with a focus on small-scale production to ensure each wine is personally hand-crafted.  In 2010, La Violetta's first release, 2008 La Ciornia, featured in UK Critics Matthew Jukes' Top 100 and Sarah Ahmed's Top 5 Australian wines.

The name 'La Violetta' derives from an old Piedmontese song celebrating intoxication.

The wines are made with an array of ancient winemaking techniques learnt from different regions around the world and created in small batches to make interesting and complex wines. Varieties include Riesling, Gwurtztraminer Chardonnay and Shiraz.

Wines can be purchased online or at selected retailers in Australia, the UK and Singapore.

 

Montefalcon Vineyard

A boutique vineyard making traditional, hand-picked, preservative-free wines from organically-grown grapes, that pays homage to its Umbrian heritage through a focus on Italian varieties.

  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Franc,Sangiovese,Nebbiolo

Details

  • Vineyards:6 acres
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door,Organic (Certified)
  • Great Southern:Porongurup

Description

Located in the Porongurup wine region, just east of Mount Barker, the Montefalcon vineyard is inspired by the winemaking abilities of Baldo Lucaroni of Umbria, Italy. The name Montefalco comes from a town in Umbria, where the beautiful indigenous grape variety Sagrantino originated.

The grapes are grown with sustainable and traditional farming practices following bio-dynamic principles of feeding and enriching the soil, not the vine. Totalling approximately 6 acres, the vineyard is experiences ideal conditions to grow ripe, well-balanced grapes.

Italian varieties are the focus, specifically Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. Cabernet Franc is made too. Wines can be purchased online or from various stockists throughout WA. No cellar door.

 

Rosenthal Wines

Situated on the Southern tip of WA, this boutique winery is focused on producing first-class wines adhering to simple, traditional approaches to fruit-picking, ageing, and winemaking. No cellar door.

  • Wine Variety:Shiraz Cabernet,Sparkling,Chardonnay,Merlot,Pinot Noir,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door

Details

  • Established:2001
  • Great Southern:Denmark
  • Cases Produced:500 cases
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010
  • Vineyards:17 hectares
  • Winemaker:Coby Ladwig, Luke Eckersley

Description

Best mates and local winemakers Luke Eckersley and Coby Ladwig reignited the Rosenthal Wines label when they purchased it from Dr John Rosenthal in 2012. Sourcing fruit from specialty vineyard sites throughout the Great Southern, they hand craft a range of timeless wines that reflect the diversity of sites in the region. Both young winemakers are highlight awarded, with Coby being named as a finalist in the Wine Society’s Young Winemaker of the Year Awards.

Their Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot come from partner vineyards in Frankland River, Boyup Brook and Mount Barker. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc is from Denmark.

Halliday Rating

5 Stars

 

Shepherd's Hut

Named after an abandoned 1850s stone hut that had been used by shepherds in a former era, this family winery maintains a no-compromise approach to making its premium quality range.

  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Pinot Noir
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door

Details

  • Established:1996
  • Great Southern:Porongurup
  • Cases Produced:2000 cases
  • Vineyards:15.5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Rob Diletti
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door,Appointment Only
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

When pathologist Dr Michael Wishart purchased the property in 1996, the onsite hut was in a state of drastic disrepair. It has since been restored to its former glory, its stunning honey-coloured Mount Barker stone making a striking proposition. Now operated by son, Philip, his wife, Cathy, and their daughter, Laura and located in the heart of the Porongurup range, the winery follows a 'quality over quantity' philosophy from the grape-growing process, to bottling, to marketing.

Varieties include Shiraz, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

 

Swinney

Discover unique regional wines from one of Frankland River’s original farming families, named a Top 10 New Australian Winery in James Halliday’s Wine Companion, 2015.

  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Wine Variety:Grenache,Riesling,Mourvedre,Syrah,Shiraz

Details

  • Brands:Swinney
  • Cases Produced:2500 cases
  • Established:1998
  • Vineyards:160 hectares
  • Winemaker:Rob Mann
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Great Southern:Frankland River

Description

The Swinney Family have owned their farmland in Frankland River since 1922 when George John Alexander settled there. Their property, ‘Franklands’ is located on the banks of the Frankland River and the terrain is hilly, with ironstone gravel and loam soils and surrounded by jarrah and red gum trees.

The farm diversified into viticulture in 1998 and four vineyards were established around the property, selected for their unique assets for grape growing. Frankland River regional hero varieties; Cabernet and Syrah (Shiraz) are the focus, with Riesling following. A few varieties rarely seen in the region are planted too, including Grenache and Tempranillo that contribute to remarkable Syrah and Cabernet blends.

Swinney Wines were named one of James Halliday’s Top Ten New Australian Wineries in 2015.

The wines are available directly from the estate or selected retailers in Australia, the UK and Singapore.

Halliday Rating

5 Stars

 

 

Xabregas Wines

Impeccably managed by the experienced Hogan family, this sustainable vineyard utilises a hands-on vineyard approach to create unique, terroir-influenced, award-winning wines.

  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door
  • Wine Variety:Rosé,Sauvignon Blanc,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Riesling,Shiraz,Syrah
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Great Southern:Mount Barker
  • Cases Produced:10000
  • Vineyards:80 hectares
  • Winemaker:Luke Eckersley
  • Established:1996

Description

The Xabregas story begins with one man, Terry Hogan, who scoured the Great Southern, deciding upon land in Mount Barker to establish his vineyard in 1996. Currently run by son Paul (the fifth generation of this Western Australian farming family) who has refined the focus to Shiraz (Syrah) and Riesling. Talented winemaker Andrew Hoadley, provides a hands-on approach within this sustainable vineyard. The wines are highly-acclaimed by the critics.

Halliday Rating

4/5 Stars

 

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