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Merlot Wine Variety Wineries in Perth Hills

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Wineries in Perth Hills Region


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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.

 

Darlington Estate

The perfect escape from the city for a delectable a la carte winery lunch with magnificent views, a rustic ambience and sumptuous wines, just 30 minutes from Perth.

  • Wine Variety:Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Chardonnay,Shiraz,Chenin Blanc,Merlot,Pinot Chardonnay,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Sparkling,Cabernet Malbec
  • Wine Region:Perth Hills

Details

  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Vineyards:40 acres
  • Cellar Door Open:Holidays,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Established:1983
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Restaurant
  • Perth Hills:Heart of the Hills

Description

Sitting atop steep terraced slopes and surrounded by virgin bushland, Darlington Estate utilises environmentally friendly viticulture to ensure the integrity of the land, and in turn, the wine. Perfectly suited to functions (namely weddings), the main building is a stone, wood and glass construction that blends seamlessly into the natural environment.

The Wines

Varieties include Chenin, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Merlot, Shiraz and Rosé.

The Food

Darlington's award winning restaurant is known for its attractive a la carte menu, reflecting a combination of Australian and European influences. Perfectly complemented by the estate's premium wines, each dish is designed to showcase a locally sourced produce, embellished with clever accompaniments. Open for lunch Thursday-Sunday and dinner Fridays and Saturdays.

 

Hainault Vineyard & Cafe

Unwind on the verandah of this boutique, family-owned cellar door and dog-friendly cafe serving lunch platters full of organic produce and set with gorgeous views of the Bickley Valley.

  • Wine Variety:Gewurztraminer,Pinot Noir,Semillon,Semillon Chardonnay,Rose,Sparkling,Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Classic Dry White,Cabernet Merlot
  • Wine Region:Perth Hills

Details

  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday
  • Perth Hills:Bickley Valley
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Facilities:Functions,Restaurant,Cellar Door,Light Food
  • Vineyards:17 acres
  • Established:1980
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Nestled in Jarrah forest on the Darling Scarp at an elevation of 400 metres, Hainault is the highest vineyard in Western Australia, and is in one of the coldest parts of the State. The 17 acre property was replanted as a vineyard in 1978 by Peter Fimmel, one of the pioneers of the then infant Perth Hills Wine Region.

Owners Michael and Lyn Sykes purchased the vineyard in 2002, with an objective to produce premium quality varietal wines whilst further developing a style synonymous with the Perth Hills. The couple's relationship with the environment is signified in Hainault's logo of a Boobook owl, an animal native to the area, and viticulture and land management practices reflect their commitment to sustainability. Hainault also prides itself on being pet friendly, and it's common to see the Sykes family Kelpies at their cafe.

The Wines

All Hainault wines are made from estate grown, hand harvested fruit using minimal interventions. Among an extensive range, Hainault produces a traditional method Sparkling Pinot Noir, Semillon, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Rose, Cabernet Merlot Blend, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cellar Door

Wine tastings and cellar sales are available Saturday to Monday from 11am-5pm.

The Food

Open for lunch Saturday to Monday from 11am-5pm, the Hainault Cafe offers nibbles, platters, hearty mains and delicious desserts on a verandah overlooking the stunning vineyard. All food is prepared on premises and made to order using locally sourced organic produce whenever possible, and several vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available.

Jadran Wines

Enjoy a friendly chat with the owners while discovering 30+ fortified wines, table wines and liqueurs at their third-generation, family-run winery located within the idyllic Orange Grove.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Merlot,Muscat,Port,Rose,Sauvignon Blanc,Sherry,Shiraz,Verdelho,Sparkling,Fortified,Cabernet Merlot,Classic Dry White
  • Wine Region:Perth Hills
  • Open Days/times:Mon & Sat 10am to 7pm, Sun 11am to 6pm

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Perth Hills:Bickley Valley
  • Established:1929
  • Vineyards:22 acres
  • Size & Year:Established 1901 - 1950
  • Breakfast Open:Monday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Winemaker:Steve Radojkovich, Paul Radojkovich

Description

Jadran was established in 1914 by Vladimir (Wally) Radojkovich, who purchased 22 acres of land with a desire to establish a vineyard and create a winery. Since then, Jadran Wines has welcomed many generations of family members to the vineyard; most recently, Wally's grandson Paul in 1990. Jadran incorporates traditional and modern winemaking methods to create a distinctive character in the winery's expansive range which is made from fruit sourced locally and from the Western Australia's south-west. With a creative approach to winemaking, Jadran has won many medals in Wine Shows all over Australia.

The Wines

Jadran Wines' range includes over 30 different fortified, still, sparkling wines and liqueurs. The collection of ports and liqueurs is bursting with interesting and exciting flavours to discover.

Cellar Door

Father and son Stephen and Paul Radojkovich offer generous tastings of their wines, and are well known for their friendly chats, stories and knowledge. The cellar door is open 7 days a week.

Lion Mill Vineyards

Discover lesser seen wines like Zinfandel, Durif and more at this picturesque boutique vineyard in the tranquil Darling Ranges that is also known for its friendly alpacas.

  • Wine Variety:Semillon,Shiraz,Sparkling Shiraz,Tempranillo,Zinfandel,Cabernet,Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot,Petit Verdot
  • Wine Region:Perth Hills
  • Open Days/times:Sat & Sun 11am to 5pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Sunday
  • Perth Hills:Heart of the Hills
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Winemaker:MyattsField Vineyards
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Brands:Lion Mill
  • Cases Produced:250 cases
  • Established:1999
  • Vineyards:1.5 hectares

Description

What began as a hobby and just 100 vines for Ann and Patrick Bertola is now one of Perth Hill's most fruitful vineyards. Initially a part of an important timber milling area, the Lion Mill Vineyard is located on the northern side of a gently sloping valley on Charlotte Brook in Perth's Darling Ranges and was established in 1999, when the first Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted. The soils are those typical of the Perth Hills; loam, gravelly loam and lateritic gravels. The elevation (just under 300 metres), cold winters and hot dry summers all provide great growing conditions.

Lion Mill wines are produced from hand-picked fruit grown on the property. Care and time is constantly committed to the viticulture of grapes on the property, and tasks such as hand pruning, shoot thinning and fruit thinning all ensure that grapes are given the best opportunity to express their varietal characters.

The Wines

The wine range includes sparkling, still, dessert and fortified wines. Look out in particular for their Blanc de Blancs, and Zinfandel, a variety rarely seen in Western Australia.

Cellar Door

Looking out over the vineyards on this picturesque property, the Lion Mill cellar door offers a delightful visitor experience that is intimate, informative and relaxed. Tastings are available of the entire Lion Mill range, and the cellar door is open on weekends from 11am-5pm.

Malmalling Vineyard

Taste award-winning wines and unwind with a relaxed country lunch and live Sunday music at a tranquil and delightful family-owned vineyard beside the John Forrest National Park.

  • Open Days/times:Fri to Sun 11am to 5pm
  • Wine Variety:Merlot,Petit Verdot,Shiraz,Verdelho,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay
  • Wine Region:Perth Hills

Details

  • Established:2000
  • Winemaker:Kit Chambers
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Perth Hills:Heart of the Hills
  • Brands:Malmalling Vineyard
  • Cases Produced:250 cases
  • Vineyards:2.7 hectares
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Restaurant
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Established in 2000 by the Chambers family, Malmalling Vineyard is located in the heart of the Perth Hills Wine Region. Nestled within a bushland setting, this picturesque boutique winery is situated on one of the highest points in Parkerville. 'Malmalling' is an Aboriginal name for the property originally owned by the Chambers' in the Mundaring Region from 1907, and the Vineyard today seeks to continue this family history through the maintenance of this name on their Parkerville property.

Our Wines

Malmalling Vineyard creates distinctive premium wines that capture the spirit and character of the Perth Hills Wine Region. All wines are made onsite by co-owner and award winning winemaker Kit Chambers, from the property's own hand-picked and crushed grapes. The winery produces a range of red wines including Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and white wines including Chardonnay and Verdelho.

Cellar Door

From Wednesdays to Sundays, wine can be tasted at the Cellar Door, enjoyed by the glass or bottle at the vineyard, or purchased to take home.

The Food

The Malmalling Cafe offers both a range of platters and a generous a la carte menu, perfect to enjoy with the wines. Dine in the comfort of the air-conditioned cafe, alfresco on the patio, or under the trees in the bush garden - where live music can be enjoyed on Sundays.  

MyattsField Vineyards and Winery

Enjoy Spanish and Portuguese style wines and gourmet cheese at this youthful family winery with serious agricultural pedigree at their modern cellar door in the Bickley Valley, 30 minutes from Perth.

  • Wine Variety:Shiraz,Sparkling,Fortified,Cabernet Sauvignon,Muscat,Petit Verdot,Merlot,Tempranillo,Verdelho
  • Wine Region:Perth Hills
  • Open Days/times:Fri to Sun 11am to 5pm

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Lunch Open:Holidays,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Friday
  • Perth Hills:Bickley Valley
  • Cases Produced:2000 cases
  • Established:2006
  • Winemaker:Josh and Rachael Davenport, Josh Uren
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010

Description

Myattsfield owner Josh Davenport is a descendant of Joseph Myatt, who popularised and became Britain's leading producer of rhubarb in 1840. Josh converted his family farm to a vineyard in the late 1990s. After working at various wineries around the world, Josh returned home, met Rachel and together they built a winery at Myattsfield in 2006 and made their first wines in 2007. The Myattsfield Estate encompasses two vineyards and a 40 tonne winery in the picturesque Bickley and Carmel Valleys of the Perth Hills wine region.

The Wines

Drawing on similarities in climate between the Bickley Valley and inland areas of Spain and Portugal, Myattsfield varieties include Verdelho, Mourvedre, Touriga, Brown Muscat and Durif (of which Myattsfield has notably planted the first variety in WA), alongside more traditional Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot varieties.

Cellar Door

Myattsfield's classic corrugated iron cellar door surrounded with gum trees is open Friday to Sunday all year to taste a variety of wines often served by the vineyard's winemakers. Wine can also be purchased by the glass with a selection of gourmet cheeses to enjoy on the shaded verandah.

Halliday Rating

4.5 Stars

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,Rose,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.

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