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Cabernet Wine Variety Wineries in Margaret River

Wineries in Margaret River


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Cape Mentelle

One of Margaret River’s pioneers and most critically acclaimed wineries with the original rammed-earth cellar doors plus photo gallery, free petanque courts, kid’s area and picnic facilities.

  • Wine Variety:Semillon,Cabernet,Cabernet Franc,Merlot,Petit Verdot,Rosé,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Shiraz,Zinfandel
  • Open Days/times:10am-4:30pm Everyday
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe
  • Facilities:Kids Play Area,Cellar Door
  • Vineyards:150 hectares
  • Cases Produced:80000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays

Description

One of Margaret River’s founding five estates, Cape Mentelle was established in 1970 by regional pioneer David Hohnen and his brothers Mark and Giles. In 1983 Cape Mentelle won Australia’s most coveted wine award, the Jimmy Watson Memorial Award for its Cabernet Sauvignon and cemented its position as a premium producer when it won it again the following year. This was huge, not just for Cape Mentell, but also for the youthful Margaret River wine region.

Today Cape Mentelle forms part of the LVMH group (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) and its wines remain some of the region’s most critically acclaimed. James Halliday says they are, “knocking on the door of the Winery of the Year Award.” Environmental sustainability is a key driver within the vineyards and winery and Cape Mentelle was WA’s first member into Australian wine sustainability program, Entwined. To achieve this certification the vineyard utilises the most natural viticulture techniques.

The Wines
The critically-acclaimed wine range is focused around Margaret River’s signature varieties Cabernet Sauvignon (and blends), Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and Chardonnay. An historic Zinfandel is made too, from vines planted in 1974 which were brought out directly from California to the Cape Mentelle Vineyard.

Wine Tasting
The cellar door is one of the region’s original to be made with rammed earth. Located just five minutes towards the coast from Margaret River town, guests can enjoy tasting experiences starting from $10. A Behind the Scenes Tour and Behind the Scenes Tour with Food and Wine Pairing Experience run on weekdays, offering the unique opportunity to explore behind the winery walls of one of the region’s most famous estates. Open daily 10am – 5pm.

Unique Highlights
Nostalgia enthusiasts will love the photo collection lining the barrel hall behind the cellar door. It features images remembering the early days of establishing Cape Mentelle and the Margaret River wine region. The whole family can enjoy picnic facilities, dedicated activities areas for children and estate’s petanque courts. Similar to bocce, this game originated in 1907 in Provence, Southern France. The courts are free to use, boules can be borrowed from the cellar door.

Since 1982 Cape Mentelle has hosted the region’s most renowned Cabernet event. The Cape Mentelle International Cabernet Tasting is a blind tasting that features a selection of Cabernets from the world’s finest cabernet producing regions; Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Tuscany and Margaret River. Tickets sell quickly to industry and media, but every year a few lucky members of the public can come along to this amazing event too. Visit Cape Mentelle’s website for details.

Halliday Rating

2017 Cape Mentelle Chardonnay (97 Points)

2016 Cape Mentelle Two Vineyards Shiraz (97 Points)

2017 Cape Mentelle Zinfandel (95 Points)

Cloudburst Wine

Cloudburst produces exceptional Chardonnay, Cabernet and Malbec and is found in private collections and fine restaurants worldwide.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet,Chardonnay,Malbec

Details

  • Facilities:No Cellar Door

Description

Located on rich bushland, the Cloudburst vineyard utilises cooling maritime breezes and warm daytime temperatures to slowly ripen its flavoursome grapes. Each self-irrigating vine expresses brilliant varietal purity and is surrounded by healthy soils retaining the moisture and nutrients of the region.

The 2013 Margaret River Wine Show brought Cloudburst some note-worthy awards including Best Single Vineyard Estate Red Wine, Best Cabernet Sauvignon and Best Red Wine of the Show.

Dormilona Wines

A small-batch, natural winemaker at the forefront of Margaret River’s new generation of producers, and finalist Australian ‘Young Gun of Wine’ (2014) making unique organic wines with ancient methods.

  • Wine Variety:Chenin Blanc,Cabernet,Chardonnay
  • Open Days/times:Appointment Only
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Facilities:Appointment Only
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe
  • Brands:Dormilona
  • Winemaker:Josephine Perry

Description

One of the originals of Margaret River’s new-generation small-batch, hand-made winemakers. Created by Josephine Perry, Dormilona wines (meaning lazy-bones in Spanish) are crafted from small batches of naturally farmed fruit purchased from quality certified organic and biodynamic vineyards around Margaret River.

The label was a finalist as Australia’s Young Gun Winemaker of the Year in 2014.

The wines are made in ancient styles with no additives, fining and very little intervention. This approach aims to fully express the vineyard’s character to make tasty wines that are alternative in fashion and style.

The range focuses on Margaret River’s signature varieties with a few Spanish surprises and a series made in terracotta amphora pots called, ‘Clayface.’

Available online and via selected Australian retailers. Tasting appointments can be made directly with Dormilona.

McHenry Hohnen

The outcome of two wine legends making original, biodynamic, small-batch wines from their Margaret River family vineyards, plus an excellent range of artisan charcuterie at their Caves Rd cellar door.

  • Wine Variety:Viognier,Zinfandel,Grenache Shiraz,Merlot Cabernet,Rosé,Cabernet,Merlot,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Grenache,Malbec,Marsanne,Petit Verdot,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Tempranillo
  • Open Days/times:10:30am to 4:30pm
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010
  • Margaret River:Treeton
  • Cases Produced:10000
  • Established:2004
  • Facilities:Cellar Door

Description

McHenry Honen is the fusion of an accomplished fine-wine retailer, Murray McHenry, with one of Margaret River’s most respected pioneers David Hohnen (founder of Cape Mentelle).

Their aim is to make the most site expressive wines they can from their three distinct family vineyards in Margaret River, all of which are 100% biodynamic. Biodynamics revolves around an environmental equilibrium. It is similar to organic farming, in that both preclude the use of chemicals, however biodynamic farming incorporates ideas about a vineyard as an ecosystem, and also accounts for astrological influences and lunar cycles.

The Wines
There is an unwavering focus on making distinct, site expressive wines and on embracing the individual characters that come from the different plots in the vineyards. This is achieved through minimal-intervention using wild yeasts, minimal sulphur, no filtration and large format oak and concrete fermenters. The range includes Margaret River’s specialty varieties and a few unexpected surprises. More than five single-site Chardonnays showcase just how different the flavours of this variety can be because of different site influences in the vineyard.

Wine Tasting
The cellar door is conveniently located on Caves Road, just five minutes from Margaret River town. The wines can be tasted between 10.30 and 4.30pm daily.

Unique Highlights
Don’t leave without some of David Hohnen’s smoked cold meats, sausages and traditionally made smallgoods from side venture, The Farm House Margaret River. These are sold from the McHenry Hohnen Cellar Door. David works with farmers around the region on this venture and his meats have a great reputation, especially with many of the local winemakers to enjoy with their friends and wines!

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

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