Our Vineyards

Pemberton

The Pemberley range utilises fruit from the single Pemberley Farms vineyard on Ockwell Road in Pemberton. Under the care of owner and viticulturist David Radomiljac, this vineyard is credited with producing the grapes for some of the best wines to have come out of this young wine region. David also produces potatoes from this same patch of land, widely touted as some of the finest single paddock potatoes in the South West.

The historic mill town of Pemberton is one of Western Australia's youngest wine regions, gazetted in 2006. Situated 335 kilometres south of Perth in Western Australia the region borders three national parks, Gloucester, Warren and Beedalup,. The rolling hillsides of Pemberton are criss-crossed by natural springs and streams, winding across farmland and through 40 metre high karri forest.

At an elevation of approximately 170m above sea level and annual rainfall of 1,350mm, the region has the ideal mild climate for the production of fine cool climate wines.

Dr John Gladstones, the scientist credited with uncovering the potential of the Margaret River wine region, first recommended Pemberton as suitable for wine grape production in 1977. Following the success of initial trial plantings, commercial plantings followed in the 1980s with another growth spurt occurring in the 1990s.

Early plantings focussed on Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties. With the successful results from these early plantings, so came Vignerons prepared to try different varieties.

The natural undulating landscape and many pure water sources provide the opportunity for the production of a diverse range of wines. While Pemberton is now known best for outstanding Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, producers are also making outstanding vintages of Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet blends.

The Pemberton Wine Region produces white wines with refined flavour and crisp acid profiles while Pemberton reds tend to be medium bodied wines with good natural tannin structure.

The varieties we like to work with from our vineyards in the Pemberton region are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

 

Margaret River

The vibrant coastal resort town of Margaret River is located in the Augusta-Margaret River Shire, 283kms south of Perth in Western Australia. The region is known for its rich agricultural soils, beaches and wineries. One of the major industries in the region which is well known for its surfing and as a tourist destination is viticulture and premium wine production.

Since the early years of settlement, the region has established itself as a thriving agricultural area through beef, dairy and sheep farming.  In the mid 1960s to the late 1970s the wine industry was developed and quickly became the region’s most famous asset.

Even though vines had been grown in the Margaret River region by migrant settlers as early as the late 1800's, it wasn't until the late 1960's that the region began to develop in ernest. In 1965, Dr John Gladstone wrote a report suggesting that the cooler climate of the state's south-west region should be considered for growing vines.

In 1966 the first vines were planted by Bill Pannell and Dr Tom Cullity.  Dr Pannell planted half an acre of Cabernet Sauvignon and of Riesling vines on his property and Dr Cullity planted a quarter of an acre of trial vines on his property at Burekup.

The Industry expanded over the years with major plantings around 1971, 1980s and late 1990s. Many varieties were planted in the early years but it is now generally accepted that the varieties that excel are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Shiraz.

Margaret River is the foremost wine region in the South West, with more than 5,000 hectares under vine and over 120 wineries. Small, boutique wineries predominate, however some large wineries crush over 6,000 tonnes.  The Margaret River wine region produces 5% of Australia’s total wine production by volume, however commands 20% of Australia's total wine production by value.  This attests to the suitability of the region to the production of fine wine and the many viticulturists and winemakers in the region who strive every day for excellence.

The region extends from the Indian Ocean in the west to the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge in the east, which stretches around 80 kilometres between Cape Naturaliste in the north and Cape Leeuwin in the south.  The region experiences a Mediterranean style climate, lacking extreme summer and winter temperatures, which provides ideal growing conditions. 

 

The varieties we like to work with most from Margaret River are Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon

Cabernet Sauvignon, along with Chardonnay, is the best suited grape variety in Margaret River.  Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, often blended with complimentary Bordeaux varieties, Malbec, Petit Verdot Cabernet Franc, is at its best dry grown and crafted by the region's best winemakers into wines that  compete with the finest Cabernet Sauvignons in the world 

Shiraz, the climate and terroir of the Margaret River region provides the perfect setting for the crafting of one of Australia's most expressive styles of Shiraz

Chardonnay, along with Cabernet, is well suited to the Margaret River Region.  Our Chardonnays typify the region's style, showing great complexity, rich fruit flavours of stone fruit and melon  

Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon Blends, perhaps the most popular wine made from Margaret River, this blend wine is crafted to display fresh fruits and mouth filling flavours

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