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Marsanne Wine Variety Wineries in Western Australia

Wineries in Western Australia


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Amato Vino

Discover highly original, intriguing small-batch, 'lo-fi' wines made from a mix of rare and classic varietals at this new-gen winemaker and urban cellar door in Margaret River town.

  • Open Days/times:Tastings at the winery are by appointment only.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Sauvignon Blanc,Cabernet,Chenin Verdelho,Marsanne,Sangiovese,Tempranillo,Verdelho,Nebbiolo,Nero D'avola

Details

  • Brands:Amato Vino, Mantra, Fusa
  • Cases Produced:5000 cases
  • Established:2003
  • Facilities:Appointment Only
  • Size & Year:Established 2001 - 2010,Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases)
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe

Description

Amato Vino are small-batch artisan winemakers based in the Margaret River wine region, Western Australia.

 

The winemaking philosophy is ‘lo-fi’, in that we embrace wild-ferments, minimal adjustments in the winery, gentle handling. Wines are typically unfined and unfiltered. We are hands-on in terms of the grunt work, the care and guidance, but with a hands off approach to the science of winemaking, using little or no inputs and employing traditional processes. An old-school approach yet with a modern flare for creativity and adventure.

 

Established in 2003 by owner/winemaker Brad Wehr, the labels and wine styles have continued to grow, covering traditional Margaret River varietals through to some eclectic and unusual grape varieties and winemaking methods.

 

Our winery is located a few minutes south-west of the Margaret River township. We work with a core group of independent growers who share our philosophy, employing organic and sustainable farming practices.

 

Our wines

AMATO VINO ‘wilds’

 The ‘wilds’ are home to our emerging Mediterranean varieties, micro-batches, skinsy ferments and other eclectic wines. Featuring single vineyards, hand-picks, natural ferments – and incorporating minimal winemaking input and unconventional vessels for fermentation/maturation – this is the wild stuff.

 

Packaged under labels bearing in-house artworks/designs/photography the ‘wilds’ include Teroldego, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Primitivo, Marsanne, Trousseau, Savagnin.

 

AMATO VINO ‘mantra’

The ‘mantra’ series is all about the classic Margies grape varieties, albeit with the Amato Vino lo-fi twist. The emphasis is on vineyard site & fruit purity, working with small fruit parcels to bring out the best from the each site. Wild ferments (open and barrel), no adds, no fining and filtration are all central to the mix.

 

Wines include a Barrel-aged Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

AMATO VINO ‘fusa’

‘Fusa’… the home for our blends (foo-za). Utilising emerging/alternative varieties as the basis for the blends we’re seeking to create juicy, fresh drinkability, yet complex and alluring wines – packed with flavour but oh-so light on their feet. The Bianco and Rosso are fruit-forward, fleshy and flavoursome versions of some of our favourite grape 

varieties and are made for short to mid-term drinking.

 

Private winery tours/tasting are available by appointment, please contact [email protected] for more info

 

 

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,Fortified,Sparkling,Rosé,Brut,Cabernet Malbec,Grenache,Malbec,Marsanne,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Verdelho,Viognier,Zinfandel
  • 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

Happs Wines and Commonage Pottery

Established in 1978, Happs is a Margaret River wine pioneer, offering the region’s largest selection of wines in complex of mud-brick buildings including a working pottery in a garden setting.

  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Rosé,Dessert,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Botrytis Semillon,Cabernet,Cabernet Franc,Chenin Blanc,Graciano,Malbec,Marsanne,Merlot,Method Traditionale,Petit Verdot,Sangiovese,Sauvignon Blanc,Syrah,Tempranillo,Tinta Cao,Touriga,Viognier,Cabernet Sauvignon,Gamay,Moscato,Nebbiolo,Fortified,Cabernet Merlot,Chardonnay,Muscat,Pinot Noir,Semillon,Shiraz,Verdelho,Grenache,Sparkling Rose
  • Open Days/times:10am - 5pm Everyday
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Facilities:Kids Play Area,Dogs Welcome,Cellar Door,Gallery,Picnic Facilities
  • Vineyards:35.2 hectares
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000,Small (5,000-49,999 cases)
  • Cases Produced:14000
  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays

Description

Happs has welcomed visitors to their rustic cellar door for over 35 years. There is a wine for every palate including those allergic to preservatives. Many visitors review us on Trip Advisor. The 4.5 star rating puts the winery in the top 10% globally.

The Wines
The wines are produced entirely in house from estate-grown fruit from the Quindalup and the larger Karridale vineyard known as Three Hills. The Three Hills property is associated with later ripening, fuller flavour, elegance and finesse. The wine range includes sweet, dry, preservative free, fortified, and sparkling wines.

Wine Tasting
The rustic cellar door was built in the 1970s and is constructed of handmade mud-bricks. Look closely to see builders’ finger marks on the walls, capturing, “the essence of old school Margaret River". It's warm and inviting. Cellar door staff offer a friendly, educated approach to explain the extensive portfolio of wines.

Culinary Experiences
Take a basket and select from a range of gourmet cheese, meats, pickled vegetables and preserves from more than 15 local producers, pair with some Happs Wine and indulge! Picnic on the lawn, at the outside tables, or inside if it’s a rainy day.

The Commonage Pottery 
Happs Pottery began in Vasse in the early 1970s. The current workshop and gallery was built in 1978. See artists at work in the act of creation. A wide range of handicrafts and jewellery from local artisans is available.

Family Owned & Operated Since 1978
Back in the 1970s local high school teachers Erl and Ros Happ, responded to the notion that world class wines could be produced locally. In the words of the Frank Sinatra song 'I did it my way'.

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

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

Details

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

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

Poacher's Ridge

Nestled amongst the undulating hills of the Great Southern, this small, 5 Star Halliday-rated family vineyard produces handcrafted wines driven by a dedication to traditional winemaking practices.

  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Friday to Sunday 10am to 4pm
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Marsanne,Merlot,Riesling,Rosé,Shiraz
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Cases Produced:900 cases
  • Vineyards:6.9 hectares
  • Winemaker:Robert Diletti (Contract)
  • Established:2000
  • Facilities:Accommodation,Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Great Southern:Mount Barker

Description

Alex and Janet Taylor purchased the Poacher's Ridge property in 1999. The couple hand-tend the estate's twenty acres under vine to grow cool climate wines that truly reflect the seasons and the land's character.  The vineyard is located at the back of Narrikup, receiving a strong influence from the Southern Ocean and the wines are known for their elegance and medium bodied style.

The Wine

Poacher's Ridge makes a range of wines, with a focus on Riesling, Marsanne, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cellar Door

Bask in the panoramic beauty of the Porongurups, vineyards and olive groves at the estate's rustic, stone and timber cellar door. The complete range of wines, including a selection of exclusive museum wines, are available for tasting throughout the year alongside platters of locally sourced cheeses and meats. Tours and group bookings can be arranged in advance. Open Friday to Sunday, 10am – 4pm.

Halliday Rating

5 Red Stars

Unique Highlights

The estate's Gameskeeper's Cottage sleeps up to four guests and is located beside the cellar door, set among beautiful gum trees olive trees and vineyards. It features sweeping views of the Porongurup Ranges, full amenities and breakfast hampers of fresh local produce.

 

tripe.Iscariot

Tripe.Iscariot’s fascinating and unique wines challenge the over-purified and homogenous industry standard.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Chenin Blanc,Malbec,Marsanne,Semillon,Syrah,Chardonnay

Details

  • Winemaker:Remi
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door

Description

A no waste and no ‘cleaning up’ of the wine initiative is what sets tripe.Iscariot apart from its competitors. The wines successfully harness the unusual techniques at various points of their elevage. Guise wanted to offer something modern and inspirational to the wine drinker. Using everything from berry to stalk, makes the most complex and interesting flavours which is highlighted in these wines.

Remi Guise is passionate about wine. Spending his days as a manager at Naturaliste Vintners, he prides himself on his knowledge of the winemaking process. Tripe.Iscariot has won many credible awards and accolades, including 95 out of 100 from James Halliday. The chardonnay also featured top 10 in the Margaret River Chardonnay list.

The tripe.Isacariot range consists of three wines; Brawn, Aspic and Marrow. The Brawn range consists of hand-picked Chardonnay grapes. 25% of these grapes are fermented as whole-bunches, submerged under un-clarified juice extracted from the other 75% which were cold-pressed as whole-bunches. Tasting notes of jasmine, wet slate and white pear are present in this range, which a tensile palate of fine bone tannin, lithe stone fruit and fresh tones of limes and nectarines.

The Aspic range is of the Grenache variety, showcasing wisps of raspberry, crushed granite and glazed cherries. The finish on this wine has a quenching mix of creamy oak tones and red berries. Lastly, the Marrow range is a medium bodied red blend made from hand-picked Malbec and Syrah grapes. Part of the harvest was fermented as whole-bunches submerged under the remainder of the fruit, and cold-crushed on top. This creates a bloody, dark-hearted blend.

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