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Malbec Wine Variety Wineries in Western Australia

Wineries in Western Australia


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Alkoomi Wines

This third generation property in Frankland River is one of WA’s largest family owned and operated wineries and produces superb cool-climate wines with cellar door and accommodation.

  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Rosé,Merlot Cabernet,Semillon,Shiraz,Viognier,Muscat,Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Malbec,Merlot,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Open Days/times:Daily 10am to 5pm. Closed Good Friday, the morning of ANZAC Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday
  • Facilities:Accommodation,Cellar Door
  • Great Southern:Frankland River
  • Cases Produced:52000 cases
  • Vineyards:106.16 hectares
  • Size & Year:Medium (50,000-499,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Established:1971

Description

Located just outside of the town of Frankland River, the Alkoomi estate is part of a 1220 acre family property, settled in 1946 by Sandy’s grandparents.  The land was originally used for farming livestock and grain. In 1971, the first hectare of cabernet vines was planted and has since expanded to approximately 100ha and include shiraz, malbec, riesling and sauvignon blanc.  The stone-walled cellar door overlooks the vineyards to the south and the vast landscape beyond. Open seven days a week, from 10am - 5pm, the cellar door also serves as a function centre for weddings and other large events.

The wine labels each feature the iconic Australian Grass Tree, and the icon wines are named after native Australian timbers: Wandoo, Blackbutt, Melaleuca and Jarrah.

The Wines
Winemaker Andrew Cherry has been with the Hallett family since 2010 and has amassed an impressive collection of medals, trophies and high scores for the Alkoomi wines.  The portfolio contains three separate ranges, the Icon wines (the best from each vintage), the Black Label wines (intended for mid-long term cellaring, premium fruit), and the White Label wines (intended for early drinking, short term cellaring). Varieties include riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, cabernet, malbec, shiraz and a selection of sweet wines (muscat, late harvest and a rose).

Wine Tasting
Taste the wines at the family run cellar door.

Unique Highlights
Alkoomi offers guest chalet accommodation on the property. 

Halliday Rating
Five Red Stars

Aravina Estate

Surrounded by stunning vineyards, rolling hills, bushland and manicured gardens, this beautiful estate offers creative tastings, a fine-dining restaurant, car gallery and WA’s first surfing museum.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Merlot,Semillon,Tempranillo,Shiraz,Sparkling,Malbec,Sauvignon Blanc
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: 10-5 everyday; Restaurant: 11:30-3:30 everyday.

Details

  • Lunch Open:Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Holidays
  • Facilities:Restaurant,Kids Play Area,Gallery,Functions,Cellar Door,Light Food
  • Cellar Door Open:Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Size & Year:Established 2001 - 2010,Small (5,000-49,999 cases)
  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Vineyards:26 hectares
  • Cases Produced:10000

Description

Aravina Estate was established in 2010 by Perth businessman and sixth generation West Australian, Steve Tobin. Named one of Australia’s “Ten Best New Wineries” (2014) by James Halliday, Aravina Estate offers a mix of memorable experiences for the whole family. While adults enjoy the distinct, quality, regional wines, kids love the European-designed-playground and museums.

The Wines
The first vines were planted in 1986 on prime country in Yallingup and benefits from rich, free-draining lateritic soils, characteristic of the region. The wine-production incorporates some of the world's most innovative viticultural practices, including the use of natural pest reduction remedies and minimal application of sprays. Margaret River’s main wine varieties are all made here, along with Chenin Blanc and Tempranillo.

Wine Tasting
Sample and learn about the wines at the Cellar Door. As there are so many wines to taste, we do charge a $6 tasting fee per person, which is deducted from any wine purchase and complimentary if dining in our restaurant.

Culinary Experiences
The Aravina Estate Restaurant offers fine-dining in an elegant, “Vogue-living” style setting, as reviewed by local critic Rob Broadfield from The West Australian. The menu focuses on local, sustainable produce, sourced from a growing collection of local farmers, as well as estate grown produce. The dishes are designed to pair with the Aravina Estate wines. Bookings are recommended, especially during holiday periods. For something more casual, unwind on the lawn and enjoy a Aravina grazing board or Pizza from our newly opened Pizza Bar. Visit on the weekends and enjoy live gigs on the lawn for the whole family to enjoy.

Unique Highlights
After indulging in stunning food and wine, discover the orchards, gardens and museums too. The Car Museum has an ever-changing range of European classics and Australian muscle cars on display.


The WA Surf Museum chronicles the local surf culture and history with an impressive collection of vintage surfboards and cool memorabilia to check out.

 

 

Bakkheia Wines

Enjoy exclusive Mediterranean wines at a boutique winery in the Preston Valley of the Geographe Wine Region, with only 1000-1200 cases produced yearly.

  • Wine Region:Geographe
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Mourvedre,Rosé,Graciano,Grenache,Malbec,Shiraz,Tempranillo
  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door. Appointments please.

Details

  • Cases Produced:1000-1200
  • Winemaker:Michael Edwards
  • Established:1999
  • Geographe:Ferguson Valley
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Brands:bakkheia
  • Vineyards:3 hectares
  • Facilities:Appointment Only

Description

Established in 1999, with the first vintage in 2006, Ilonka and Michael tend the land and organically grow grapes and wine.  They are passionate about sustainable living and pursuing excellence in wine making.

Small quantities and small batch winemaking is the focus of Bakheia Wines, with only 1000-1200 cases bottled each year. The wines are only available to the exclusive mailing list, limited to 400 to retain exclusivity and build mutual loyalty. Tastings of the wine is available at the vineyard by appointment only.

The wine making approach taken is minimalist with reds not fined or filtered before bottling allowing the natural settling of wine over time. Wines on offer include Grenache, Mourvedre, Graciano, Tempranillo, Shiraz, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon and sourced from the neighbors is Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc to make Fume Blanc.

Pricing of the wines is rather unique, determined directly by mailing list members who sit down, taste and talk about the quality of the wine. Bakheia Wines pride themselves on keeping honest and ego free as reflected in the philosophical label "Aequitas".

Barnyard1978

A casual-classy restaurant, cellar door and honey shop with bold eco-architecture where you can watch their signature pastas being made while you taste and dine!

  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Malbec,Merlot,Petit Verdot,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon
  • Open Days/times:10am to 4pm Thursday to Tuesday. Restaurant: 10am-4pm, Thursday to Tuesday.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Facilities:Restaurant,Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Breakfast Open:Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Tuesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Cases Produced:1250
  • Established:1978
  • Vineyards:4 hectares
  • Winemaker:Todd Payne
  • Margaret River:Yallingup

Description

This farmstead meets bistro-style concept employs striking architecture to link nature, landscape and ecological sustainability, resulting in a relaxed, yet classy dining experience with down-to-earth Yallingup flair.

Culinary Experiences
Open for lunch, and also for breakfast on the weekends, enjoy shared plates of cheese and meats or a diverse selection of site-made pasta dishes. The Farm Shop and Cellar Door also offer wine and honey tastings and sell a selection of locally-made foods.

The Pasta
A vast range of pasta is made on site. Watch the pasta being made and buy some to enjoy at home! All pasta is made with top grade semolina flour and fresh eggs, laid by happy Margaret River chickens.

The Wine
Enjoy small-batch wines, handpicked by owners Raminta and Egidijus Rusilas and their family and friends. Wine styles include Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet blends.

Local Honey – 100% Raw & Real
Barnyard 1978 works with local independent beekeepers to deliver varietal honeys from around WA. The range is constantly evolving based on natural supplies. Typically, there are seven or more varieties available for free tastings including Marri, Karri, Red Bell, Wandoo, White Gum and  Blackbutt.

Tip! Leave a voicemail if your call goes unanswered, as the team turn their phones down during lunch service to keep the atmosphere serene for diners.

Barrecas Wines

Located in country town Donnybrook, 40km South East of Bunbury, Barreca’s is family owned and operated, offering varieties of Shiraz, Barbera, Malbec, Zinfandel and Sangiovese.

  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Fri to Mon 10am to 5pm
  • Wine Variety:Fortified,Barbera,Cabernet Merlot,Chardonnay,Grenache,Malbec,Pinotage,Tawny,Sangiovese,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Viognier,Zinfandel
  • Wine Region:Geographe

Details

  • Vineyards:46 hectares
  • Winemaker:Iolanda Ratcliffe
  • Established:1994
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday
  • Geographe:Donnybrook
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Facilities:Cellar Door

Description

After a work trip to his family's homeland of Italy in the early 1990s Fil Barreca, aged just 21, discovered his intrinsic connection to working in a vineyard and growing grapes on a highly innovative Sicilian winery. He took inspiration and passion back to Donnybrook and begun planting vines immediately establishing the winery in 1994.

With 46 hectares under vine the predominant varieties include Shiraz, cult favourite Barbera, Shiraz Malbec, Zinfandel, Sangiovese and many more.

The sparkling and fortified wines are proudly 100% estate bottled, including the Estate’s premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil which is produced from the Estates premium olive plantation.

Beneath The Kite

Is it real or is it fiction? Discover the tidy new Malbec made by Margaret River winemaker and writer duo, the Messengers.

  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Malbec

Details

  • Brands:Beneath The Kite
  • Established:2016
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe
  • Winemaker:Mark Messenger
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 2011 - 2019

Description

Inspired by life in the Margaret River wine industry, Vikki Messenger penned her novel, 'Crush', revolving around life and love around the vineyards of Margaret River. Beneath the Kite being the name of the fictional winery in the book. When Vikki's winemaker husband, the highly regarded Mark Messenger read the book, he was inspired by the creative opportunity to realise a fictional winery, and sourced premium Malbec grapes from a local, vineyard to make its debut wine.

The Malbec is available on the Settlers Tavern's wine menu and at various fine wine retailers

 

Brown Hill Estate

Two-time West Australian ‘Small Producer of the Year’ with quaint cellar door and rustic jarrah tasting bench, where you can take the winemaker tour daily at 2pm (bookings required).

  • Wine Variety:Shiraz,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Malbec,Merlot,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:10am to 5pm daily.

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Wheelchair Access
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Cases Produced:3000
  • Established:1995
  • Vineyards:22 hectares
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes
  • Winemaker:Nathan Bailey, Haydn Millard

Description

Located in Rosa Brook, 12 minutes south of Margaret River town and nearby a collective of quaint, rustic cellar doors. The town is known for its down to earth spirit, which is reflected at Brown Hill Estate. The winery was established in 1995 by the Bailey Family who lived in the West Australian Goldfields for four generations before relocating to Margaret River. The name Brown Hill Estate draws from this family history.

The winery has twice been named Small Producer of the Year by The West Australian Wine Guide (2009, 2010). Among the wines’ many accolades, the 2014 Perseverance Cabernet Merlot picked up an international award for ‘Best in Show’ at the 2018 Decanter Wine Awards, one of only 50 awards given out globally.

The Wines
The vineyard’s gravelly produce small, intensely flavoured grapes which are nurtured into wines through traditional, boutique methods. All the fruit is grown on the estate’s vineyard, hand-picked and hand-sorted, with the finest level of attention to detail. The range focuses on Margaret River’s signature varieties.

Wine Tasting
Located inside the winery, the authentic cellar door experiences also allow visitors the unique opportunity to observe the wines being made. A huge jarrah slab resting upon oak barrels adds to the rustic charm. Open 10am to 5pm daily.

Unique Highlights
Tours hosted by a winemaker operate daily at 2.30pm and provide an insider’s look into the winemaking process, including the rare opportunity to taste barrel samples and understand the attention to detail that goes into Brown Hill Estate’s winemaking.

Halliday Rating
4.5 Black Stars

Capel Vale Wines & Match Restaurant

Capel Vale is a pioneer within Western Australia and amongst the first to be established with vines planted in 1974. Capel Vale Cellar Door & Match Restaurant open 7 days.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Cabernet Shiraz,Chardonnay,Merlot,Pinot Noir,Riesling,Rosé,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon,Shiraz,Verdelho,Sparkling,Sauvignon Blanc,Brut,Malbec,Merlot Blend
  • Wine Region:Geographe
  • Open Days/times:7 days 10am-4pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Facilities:Restaurant,Cellar Door,Functions,Wheelchair Access
  • Geographe:Busselton / Capel
  • Vineyards:90 hectares
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Thursday

Description

The Wines

Capel Vale has been crafting intensely fruit driven, powerful yet elegant wines from the cool regions of Western Australia since 1974. A broad range of wines in the Debut, Regional Series, Cellar Exclusive, Black Label and Single Vineyard Wine tiers. 

Capel Vale has established mature vineyards in Geographe, Margaret River and Mount Barker and produces wines that reflect the distinct climate and soils of each region.

Cellar Door

Visitors are warmly welcome to the cellar door to taste and purchase the full range of Capel Vale Wines. Located in Capel, two hours from Perth, indulge in match plates by the fire or alfresco in the summer breeze at Capel Vale's charming cellar door, open every day from 10am - 4:30pm.

The Food - Match Restaurant

The philosophy behind the restaurant is to Match food and wine. The menu comprises of Match Plates where components match the characteristics in the recommended wine. Grazing plates & cheese plates are also available.

Open Thursday to Monday 11:30am - 2:30pm. 

Bookings [email protected]

Halliday Rating

5 Red Stars

Carpe Diem Vineyard

Taste handmade, hand-bottled Italian varietal wines at the winery-based tasting table with the Anderle family, who relocated from the Mediterranean in 2001 to pursue their dreams in Margaret River.

  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Cabernet Sauvignon,Malbec,Merlot,Pinot Gris,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Shiraz,Vermentino
  • Open Days/times:Booking required.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Brands:Carpe Diem Vineyards
  • Cases Produced:2500
  • Established:2003
  • Vineyards:12 hectares
  • Winemaker:Gianfranco Anderle
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Appointment Only
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010

Description

Carpe Diem is the heart-warming winery of Gianfranco and Francesco Anderle, a delightful winemaking family who visited Margaret River in 2000, fell in love with the region and sold up their assets to chase their dreams with a 75 hectare property in Wilyabrup. Hence the name, Carpe Diem!

The Wines
Winemaker Gianfranco trained at the world’s oldest wine school in Europe, Conegliano in Northern Italy. He brings a strong European approach to his winemaking, every aspect of which he does in his custom-built winery, including hand-bottling his wines. Italian varieties are the focus such as pinot grigio, schiaffo, vermentino, nebiolo and decantato. 

Wine Tasting
Known for the beautiful Italian hospitality, Gianfranco and Francesca love meeting their guests and personally providing complimentary tastings of all the wines from their winery-based tasting table. Look out for a few small-batch special release wines are available exclusively at the cellar door from time to time.

Unique Highlights
Carpe Diem also makes a European style Olive Oil which sells out very quickly!

Celestial Bay Wines

A family-owned and operated winery committed to making and exporting quality, contemporary wines around the world.

  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Malbec,Petit Verdot,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz

Details

  • Brands:Celestial Bay Wines
  • Cases Produced:7000
  • Established:2000
  • Vineyards:60 hectares
  • Winemaker:Bernard
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup

Description

In 2000, owners Michael & Kim O’Brien chose Margaret River as the place in which to establish Celestial Bay and turned their dream into a reality with the purchase of 210 acres. Now led by the second generation of the O’Brien family, this small winery has grown to become an international exporter with a string of accolades to its name.

The Wines
The contemporary wine range is made by son Aaron O’Brien, a qualified winemaker and viticulturist who has worked vintages all around the world. The range focuses on Margaret River’s primary varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blends.

Churchview Estate

Planted with Margaret River’s most diverse range of grape varieties, discover this organic, single-vineyard’s classic and curio wines at its period cottage tasting room, with unique heritage views.

  • Wine Variety:Botrytis Riesling,Cabernet,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Merlot,Petit Verdot,Tawny,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Verdelho,Viognier,Zinfandel,Sparkling,Rosé,Brut,Cabernet Malbec,Grenache,Malbec,Marsanne,Fortified
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:Mon to Sat 10am to 5pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Established:1999
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Picnic Facilities,Dogs Welcome,Wheelchair Access
  • Margaret River:Treeton
  • Cases Produced:45000 cases
  • Vineyards:65 hectares
  • Winemaker:Dave Longden
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Brands:The Bartondale, St Johns, Estate Range, Silverleaf
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes

Description

This family owned, single-vineyard property was established in 1999. The Fokkema family selected the site for its ideal gravel loam soils, ample clean water and northern-facing slopes. The vineyard has been farmed organically for 15 years and is in the process of completing its ‘Certified Organic’ accreditation.

The Churchview vineyard is known to grow Margaret River’s most extensive amount of varieties within a single vineyard, with sixteen different types of grapes planted.

The Wines
The wines are made onsite at the property’s winery. Many are matured in oak, and Churchview prides itself on investing in the best quality French oak. Four wine ranges are made from the diverse varieties within the vineyard and offer easy drinking through to rare and fine collector wines. All the classic Margaret River varieties are made. The St Johns range features less-common varieties including a Zinfandel, Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre, Viognier and Marsanne.

Wine Tasting
The diverse wine range can be tasted at the Cellar Door which is located within a period cottage at the estate. The Heritage Listed St John the Baptist Anglican Church can be seen from the tasting room, hence the name. Many of the wines cannot be found for purchase anywhere other than the cellar door. Allow 30 minutes for a full tasting. Open 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday.

Dogs are welcome (on leash) and visitors are invited to bring a picnic and make a day of enjoying the beautiful wines, stunning vineyard views and manicured gardens.

Unique Highlights
Those seeking curio wines will love discovering the wild fermented Riesling, Viognier and Chenin Blanc; varieties not often seen in Margaret River.

Halliday Rating
4.5 Black Stars

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.

Corymbia

Corymbia. The nature of wine.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chenin Blanc,Malbec,Tempranillo
  • Open Days/times:Appointment only
  • Wine Region:Swan District

Details

  • Size & Year:Established 2011 - 2019,Micro (1-999 cases)
  • Cases Produced:900
  • Established:2013
  • Vineyards:3 hectares
  • Facilities:Appointment Only
  • Brands:Corymbia
  • Winemaker:Rob and Genevieve Mann

Description

Corymbia is the deep-rooted, far-sighted vision of husband-and wife-team, Rob and Genevieve Mann. The Mann name is synonymous with Western Australia’s Swan Valley, where Rob’s pioneering grandfather Jack worked a remarkable 51 consecutive vintages for Houghton. Rob was just a boy when he joined his father - former Australian test cricketer Tony - in planting the vines on what is now the dry-grown, organically farmed Corymbia vineyard. 
After building an exceptional reputation in their own right, the couple kicked off their homecoming dream, Corymbia, with the 2013 vintage, during Rob’s tenure as estate director at Newton Vineyard in Napa Valley. Now firmly ensconced back in the Swan Valley, Rob and Gen’s Chenin Blanc and Tempranillo-dominant red blend sit at the heart of a bright future for this brilliant duo.

Cullen Wines

A Margaret River icon, known internationally for its exceptional wines, incl. world’s best chardonnay, leading biodynamic viticulture, homely cellar door & restaurant serving local organic produce.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Petit Verdot,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Cabernet Franc,Malbec,Merlot,Semillon
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: daily 10am to 4:30pm, Restaurant: Fri to Tue 10am to 4pm

Details

  • Facilities:Functions,Kids Play Area,Restaurant,Cellar Door,Dogs Welcome,Organic (Certified)
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Tuesday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Cases Produced:20 000
  • Vineyards:49 hectares
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Cullen Wines was established by Diana and Kevin Cullen who began experimenting with viticulture in 1966 following various research reports that suggested Margaret River’s climate was similar to that of Bordeaux. Encouraging results led the pair to plant 18 acres of vines on their sheep and cattle farm in 1971 to establish Cullen Wines. Daughter Vanya became chief winemaker in 1989 and has earnt a reputation as one of Australia’s most awarded winemakers.

In 2005, the iconic Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot was awarded the top Langton’s Classification category of ‘Exceptional’, one of a handful of Australia’s best wines to hold this status. The Kevin John Chardonnay 2007 was awarded the World’s Best Chardonnay at the 2010 Decanter World Wine Awards. Both wines have received a host of international awards, judged against the world’s best wines.

The Wines

The wines are estate-grown from Cullen Wines’ two A Grade Biodynamic (BFA) certified vineyards in Wilyabrup, Margaret River. The philosophy is to search for the best quality expression of the vineyard in the wine. Quality is paramount, and every winemaking step reflects Cullen Wines’ approach to do whatever it takes to make the most outstanding wines. Cabernet Sauvignon (and blends) and Chardonnay are the focus.

Wine Tasting

Cullen Wine’s harmonious stone and timber cellar door is open daily 10.30am to 4pm and offers complimentary tastings of current release wines. A selection of museum vintages can be purchased by the glass from the cellar door’s enomatic wine machine. Enthusiasts will love Cullen Wines tour, which teaches the principles of biodynamics in the vineyards and includes a visit to the historic vines and winery followed by a private wine tasting.

The Food

The award-winning Cullen restaurant overlooks their historic vineyard making a relaxing place for a glass of wine, lunch or a coffee. The menu incorporates only fresh, biodynamic and organic produce sourced from Cullen’s restaurant garden and selected local producers. For an extra treat, try Cullen’s Food & Wine experience, a five-course feast paired with wines.

Unique Highlights

The Cullen Wines homestead is set in peaceful vineyard surroundings for a rejuvenating getaway that supports the winery’s philosophy of living in harmony with nature. It was built in 1976 and is conveniently located within a short walking distance of the Cullen Wines’ tasting room and restaurant. Cullen Wines’ Biodynamic Spiral Garden is a unique self-guided tour experience that brings to life the fascinating biodynamic process employed throughout operations at Cullen.

Halliday Rating

5 Red Stars

Deep Woods Estate

Deep Woods is without doubt one of the most scenic wineries in Margaret River, and also one of Australia’s most-awarded wineries, highly sought-after for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Rose.

  • Wine Variety:Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Verdelho,Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Cabernet Shiraz,Rosé,Tempranillo,Cabernet Malbec,Grenache,Malbec,Merlot,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:Wed to Sun 11am to 5pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Established:1987
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Vineyards:14 hectares
  • Winemaker:Julian Langworthy
  • Cases Produced:30000
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Deep Woods Estate is one of Australia’s most highly-awarded wineries, and was awarded Australia’s most significant wine trophy, the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for the Deep Woods Estate 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2017 it was also recognised by Ray Jordan in The West Australian Wine Guide as ‘Winery of the Year

Since 2005, Deep Woods has been part of the Fogarty Family’s Fogarty Wine Group, which also owns Evans & Tate in Margaret River, the iconic Lake's Folly vineyard in the Hunter Valley, Smithbrook in Pemberton and Millbrook Winery and Restaurant in the Perth Hills, Western Australia.

Located in the Yallingup Hills of northern Margaret River, close to the resort town of Dunsborough and the famed surf break at Yallingup, this stunning property is perched high on a ridge which unfolds into a picturesque secluded valley, bounded by stands of jarrah and marri trees; hence the name Deep Woods. The pristine environment also includes a large, natural spring.

The team at Deep Woods is passionately focused on producing quality wines from their management of the vineyard to fruit selection and winemaking techniques, and consistently produces award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Rosé and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, primarily from estate-grown fruit.

Stop by to taste the wines any day of the week, perhaps bring a picnic to enjoy with a glass of wine and take in the beautiful vineyard vista. Groups tastings for six or more guests should be arranged in advance.

Drakesbrook Fine Wines

Enjoy alternative varieties such as Savagnin, Fiano and Sangiovese selected to suit the Mediterranean climate of the Peel region at this family owned and operated small-batch winery.

  • Wine Region:Peel
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Grenache,Malbec,Petit Verdot,Semillon,Shiraz,Tempranillo

Details

  • Brands:Drakesbrook Wines
  • Cases Produced:1,500-2,499
  • Established:2000
  • Vineyards:10 hectares
  • Winemaker:Julian Scott
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Facilities:Cellar Door

Description

Set in the foothills of the Darling Escarpment, south east of Waroona, Drakesbrook was established in 1998 by Bernard Worthington after four years of searching for his perfect site. The vineyard is elevated at 265 metres above sea levels and features well-drained gravel-loam soils, essential for quality fruit production. The winery takes its name from the Drakesbrook River which flows through it.

The Wines

Drakesbrook Fine Wines make four labels from classic wines through to rare, hand-made small batch wines with unique varieties. Varieties include Semillon, Chardonnay, Vermentino, Savagnin, Fiano, Viognier, Shiraz, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, Grenache, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cellar Door sales are available from 10am – 5pm on Wednesday to Sunday.  Wine tastings are currently unavailable. Look out for free range eggs and citrus fruits that can be found at the cellar door too.

Driftwood Estate Margaret River

Draped on picturesque slopes a stones-throw from the ocean, Driftwood Estate has been creating flavourful wines of character and distinction for 30 years.

  • Open Days/times:Daily, 10.30am to 5pm.
  • Wine Variety:Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz Cabernet,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Shiraz,Fortified,Sparkling,Rosé,Merlot Cabernet,Method Traditionale,Petit Verdot,Pinot Gris,Tawny,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Cabernet,Cabernet Malbec,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Shiraz,Classic Dry White,Malbec,Merlot Blend
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Brands:Driftwood Estate
  • Cases Produced:15,000
  • Established:1989
  • Vineyards:100 acres
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Winemaker:Kane Grove
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Gallery,Dogs Welcome,Kids Play Area,Wheelchair Access

Description

Located just 3 hours south of Perth in the renowned Margaret River wine region, the Driftwood Estate Cellar Door & Winery offers the opportunity to taste award winning wines as well as olive oil made from olives grown on the Estate. Enjoy views of undulating vines in summer and cosy log fires in winter, visit our amphitheatre, browse our beautiful art gallery or purchase some of our quality merchandise.

With beginnings of small batch, hand-crafted wines and a familiar icon etched in the Margaret River Wine Region landscape, Driftwood is a 5 Star rated winery with highly accoladed wines and more to come for all to enjoy in the future.


Driftwood Estate is a boutique winery set in the stunning Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, Western Australia. Established by Tom and Helen Galopoulos in 1989 on what had previously been a country retreat, the winery immediately received acclaim when its first wine, a Semillon produced in 1993, won a special commendation in a British competition.

In 2009, leading Australian wine writer James Halliday rated Driftwood Estate as one of the best wineries in the Margaret River region. This result has continued into the 2018 Wine Companion, where Driftwood Estate has again been rated a 5 Star Winery. The vine resources are exceptional, having had years of nurturing to ensure they produce premium fruit showcasing the Wilyabrup sub-region beautifully.

The winemaking philosophy behind the Driftwood wines is one of simplicity – quality wines are made in the vineyard. While winemaking can have a positive input, having premium quality fruit is essential. This is why Driftwood Estate is so fortunate to be located in one of the greatest viticultural areas in the world, sourcing super premium fruit year in year out. With premium quality fruit, our wine making philosophy is all about protecting and expressing the qualities found in the grapes, so that the wine lover can enjoy the pure, varietal and regional flavours from the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River.


The wines are produced under four labels, Single Site, Artifacts, The Collection, and Oceania.

Our Single Site range of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the best of Driftwood Estate. Over the years, our vineyards have grown in maturity and pedigree, and we have produced Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2016 vintage to reflect this, with releases occurring soon.

Artifacts are the more complex styles, demonstrating the intense characters old vine fruit can develop, and once in the winery, utilising oak influence and subtle winemaking techniques resulting in wines of strength, elegance, and integrity that will drink beautifully young whilst also reward careful cellaring.

The Collection range showcases fruit driven, regionally renowned wines that are designed to be enjoyed in their youth – vibrant blends and crisp, clean wines for everyday drinking.

The Oceania range is predominately a cellar door and online range, offering a Rosé, a White Blend, a Sparkling and a Tawny.

The beautiful branding takes Driftwood back to its beginnings, with small batch, hand-crafted wines showing how age and experience in the wine world can lead to memorable Collections and stunning Artifacts for people to enjoy now and into the future.
 

 

Evoi Wines

A producer that began with two barrels of Chardonnay in 2007 and has since gained a national reputation, including “WA Winery of the Year,” at the Melbourne Wine Show and a Halliday rating of 5 Stars.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Malbec,Classic Dry White,Merlot,Petit Verdot,Rosé,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:Open 7 days from 10am to 5pm

Details

  • Established:2007
  • Cases Produced:10000
  • Winemaker:Nigel Ludlow
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access,Cellar Door,Picnic Facilities
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases)
  • Brands:Evoi, Bakenal
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes

Description

The label was established by hands-on winemaker Nigel Ludlow, who studied in New Zealand and worked in Hungary, South Africa and Spain before settling in Margaret River.

Located in the heart of Margaret River, the Evoi vineyards’ quality fruit is a result of its close proximity to the ocean, incredible regional soil types and an idyllic climate. 

The Wines
The Evoi premium wine range includes Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and a Bordeaux-style blend. The wines have received excellent critical acclaim including “WA Winery of the Year” at the 2015 Melbourne International Wine Show, and a sought-after 5 Red Star Rating from James Halliday.

Cellar Door
Visit winemaker Nigel for free tastings at the winery’s quaint wooden cellar door daily from 10am to 5pm. 

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

Faber Vineyard

Established in 1997, Faber remains an intimate, family-style winery where you can relax, sit down, enjoy some wine, chat to the wine maker and share a platter or two.

  • Wine Variety:Chenin Blanc,Grenache,Malbec,Muscat,Rosé,Semillon,Shiraz,Fortified,Dessert,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Petit Verdot,Sparkling,Sparkling Shiraz,Verdelho
  • Open Days/times:Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Wine Region:Swan District

Details

  • Established:1997
  • Winemaker:John Griffiths
  • Facilities:Functions,Light Food,Cellar Door
  • Cases Produced:2500 cases
  • Vineyards:4.5 hectares
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Sunday,Holidays,Friday,Saturday
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Faber is Latin for a smith, a craftsman, an artisan who is skilled and ingenious. Owners John Griffiths and Jane Micallef founded the vineyard with a mission to grow regionally distinctive grapes and craft wines that are rich and flavoursome. They are true believers in the tradition of wine making, that wine should be inspired, crafted with a sense of creating something distinctive and authentic,

The wines are crafted with the belief that wine should taste of grapes and rely on purity of fruit flavour and delicious fruit characters to drive their wines, and that weight and fullness should come from ripeness, an extension of flavour, not simply more tannin or more acid. They want their wines to ‘sing of their origins’ and highlight the fruit from which the wine is made, not disguise it, and result in wines that are fresh and appealing with great drinkability.

Priding themselves on being extremely exclusive, the cellar door offers unique sit-down style tasting sessions with share platters and plenty of time to chat.

Themed events are also very popular including Harvest Breakfast, Reserve Release Dinner, Winter Benchmark Tasting, Bring Your Favourite Bottle, Spring Long Table Lunch and Xmas BBQ.
Faber Vineyards also caters for weddings, seminars, cocktail parties and large sit-down dinners.

Faber Vineyard is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am- 4pm. 

Fairbrossen Wines

Soak up the relaxed ambience of Carmel at this charming owner-operated winery, known for its hearty breakfasts and lunches, and boutique wines; handcrafted with ancient, rustic techniques.

  • Open Days/times:Winery: 11am to 4pm, Friday to Sunday. Cafe: 11am to 4pm Friday, 9am to 4pm Saturday & Sunday.
  • Wine Region:Perth Hills
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Malbec,Rosé,Tempranillo,Verdelho

Details

  • Vineyards:5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Matthew Bowness
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Restaurant,Dogs Welcome
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 2011 - 2019
  • Cases Produced:2500 cases
  • Established:2011
  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Breakfast Open:Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Perth Hills:Bickley Valley

Description

Winemaker Matt Bowness established Fairbrossen in 2011, following many years as a travelling winemaker in California and France and many years at Sittella Wines. Following a philosophy of minimum intervention, only the best fruit is hand-picked to ensure the highest quality of handcrafted wine.

The Wines

Fairbrossen Wines are grown in two estate-owned vineyards in the Perth Hills and Margaret River. Sparkling wines, still wines and liqueurs are made, including Chardonnay, Verdelho, Rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Durif, Malbec, Pinot Noir and Pedro Ximinez.

The Food

'Tom's Kitchen' operates at Fairbrossen wines, and is open for lunch on Friday and breakfast and lunch on the weekends, serving a modern and generously priced, country-style menu.

Cellar Door

The tasting area at Fairbrossen offers a range of boutique wines, all of which have been handcrafted on the estate. Open Thursday to Sunday, 11am-4pm. Look out for a range of seasonal music, food and wine events.

 

Ferngrove Wines

Situated within the picturesque, undulating lands of Frankland River amidst farmland, forest and olive groves, this grand cellar door showcases a broad range of award-winning regional wines.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Shiraz,Malbec,Merlot,Pinot Noir,Sauvignon Blanc,Cabernet Merlot,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Mourvedre,Sparkling,Muscat,Rosé,Semillon
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,BBQ Facilities,Picnic Facilities
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Great Southern:Frankland River
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Vineyards:340 hectares

Description

Located in Frankland River 90 kilometres from the coast amidst the Great Southern’s valleys and slopes, the Ferngrove site was selected in 1998. The vineyard is nestled in undulating farmland surrounded by olive groves, wheat, sheep and cattle which enable a sheltered environment to grow grapes, while it still receives the cooling ocean influence for elegant fruit.

Ferngrove Wines are known for their intense flavour, fine acid and tannins that are truly reflective of the Frankland River region style. A range of varieties are produced across multiple price brackets, delivering value at each level. Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet blends are the focus.

The winery is also the site of one of Australia’s largest winery solar power systems, using 696 panels to power all of its operations.

Wine Tasting

The grand Ferngrove Wines cellar door is situated among the stunning Stirling Ranges in Frankland River. Wine tastings are offered daily from 10am – 4pm.

Halliday Rating

4/5 Stars

 

 

 

Flinders Bay

From a vineyard surrounded by Marri Trees in Karridale, southern Margaret River, Flinders Bay makes focused collection of award-winning regional wines.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Malbec,Merlot,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon,Shiraz,Verdelho,Dessert,Sparkling

Details

  • Cases Produced:15000 cases
  • Established:1995
  • Vineyards:50 hectares
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Margaret River:Karridale
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door

Description

Flinders Bay makes its wines from their vineyard in Karridale, located nearby Flinders bay, where the climate is distinctly cooler. Scientific data suggests it may be Western Australia’s coolest grape growing area. The vineyard is planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. The vineyard is run with the sole focus of growing the highest quality grapes and natural farming methods are utilised where possible.

The Wines
Over 10 different wines are made, including dry to sweet still whites, a rosé, reds and a traditional method NV sparkling. The wines are available through local retailers.

Wine Tasting
No cellar door.

Forest Hill Estate

Surrounded by Karri trees this stunning hillside winery is home to WA’s oldest cool-climate vineyard, cellar door and fine-dining restaurant, producing stunning wines from vines planted in 1965.

  • Wine Variety:Shiraz,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Malbec,Dessert,Sparkling,Gewurztraminer,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Thur to Sun 10:30am to 5pm; Restaurant: Thur to Sun Lunch, Friday Dinner
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Facilities:Functions,Restaurant,Cellar Door
  • Dinner Open:Friday
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Thursday
  • Great Southern:Denmark
  • Cases Produced:12000 cases
  • Vineyards:65 hectares
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Forest Hill has an interesting pioneer history and was once owned by the Holmes a Court family of Vasse Felix in Margaret River. In 1996 the vineyards were bought by the Lyons family, the current owners and old farming family from the Great Southern. The winery and cellar door were established in 2004 and the fine-dining restaurant, Pepper and Salt, is a popular wedding destination and from its elevated position has commanding views of the valley and estate vineyards.

 

The Wines:

The vineyard at Forest Hill winery was the site of the first grape plantings in the Great Southern in 1965, making it one of the oldest operating wineries in Western Australia.  The first vintage, a cabernet and a riesling, was released in 1972.  The cabernet was made by Jack Mann at Houghton Winery in the Swan Valley and the riesling by his son Dorham, at Sandalford.   

Today the wines are made by Guy Lyons and Liam Carmody.  There are 14 wines made at Forest Hill which include riesling, sauvignon blanc, gewurtztraminer, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and Malbec.

The Block Series wines are sourced from old dry-grown vineyards, and the riesling is often the recipient of medals and trophies at wineshows around the country.

 

Wine Tasting:

Positioned beneath the Pepper and Salt restaurant, and built into a stone cellar, the cellar door is open Thursday through Sunday 10.30am - 5pm. 

 

Unique Highlights:

Picturesque setting, dramatic backdrop of Karri trees, fine dining restaurant, exceptional cool-climate wines.

 

Halliday Rating:

5 Red Stars

 

 

Fraser Gallop Estate

Fraser Gallop Estate is a young winery with an established reputation for producing single-estate cabernet and chardonnay wines celebrated for their uniqueness, collectability and value for money.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Cabernet,Cabernet Malbec,Malbec,Rosé
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:7 days 11am-4pm

Details

  • Established:1999
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Cases Produced:11 000
  • Vineyards:20
  • Winemaker:Clive Otto, Ellin Tritt
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Picnic Facilities
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes

Description

Fraser Gallop Estate is a beautiful, family-owned property located at the highest point and heart of the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River. The topography, soil and maritime characteristics of the Wilyabrup region leave an indelible mark on the wines that are grown here. 

An unwavering focus on quality has seen our wines receive international critical recognition winning prizes such as the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards International Trophy for Best Bordeaux blend and Best New World Chardonnay at the Sommelier Wine Awards in the UK.

 

The Wines

Chief winemaker Clive Otto applies traditional process and modern wine-making skills in our purpose-built winery to capture and express the unique qualities of the vines, Wilyabrup terroir and nuances of the property as a whole. Our grapes, sourced solely from our single vineyard are wild-fermented and made gently with a hands-off, minimal intervention approach to create intensely flavoured, textured and complex wines providing a true expression of the here-and-now, evolving with the vagaries of nature. 

Halliday Rating

5 Red Stars

Glenmore Wines

Enjoy boutique, single-vineyard, varietal Margaret River wines grown by a fifth generation local farming family.

  • Open Days/times:No cellar door.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Malbec,Merlot,Petit Verdot

Details

  • Brands:Glenmore, Amy's Vineyard
  • Cases Produced:1500 cases
  • Established:1990
  • Vineyards:5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Ian Bell
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Margaret River:Yallingup

Description

Renowned regional viticulturist Ian Bell planted the first Cabernet Sauvignon at this 5 hectare vineyard in 1990. He is proud to be a fifth generation Glenmore farmer; his family have been farmers in the Margaret River area since the early 1900s. The Indian Ocean is visible from the property, where the vines are north-facing, planted on well-drained, gravel-loam soils, and are hand-pruned, thinned and harvested for optimum fruit quality. 

The Wines

Glenmore produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. 

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