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Plantagenet put in a best-on-ground performance, a
credit to the experience of winemaker John Durham
and the fruit resources behind the pioneering winery.
ZAREPHATH 2008 Riesling, $25, 18.5
This wine exudes style. The 2008 vintage in the
Great Southern produced some fantastic Rieslings
and this is one. Winemaker Rob Diletti has worked
wonders for a wine that will live for years, but drink
beautifully all the while. A rich bouquet of limes
and lemons followed by a lovely crisp-but-ripe fruit
palate gives this wine great impact, line and length.
FERNGROVE 2008 King Malbec, $29, 17
SUBREGION: Frankland River
This is tightly coiled and reserved, but shows great
promise. The nose is dominated by spicy, cedary
new oak but behind it are sweet aromas of black
fruits, spice and lavender that carry to the palate.
Has drive, focus and density and finishes clean with
long, fine tannins. Good cellaring potential.
PLANTAGENET 2007 Omrah Cabernet Merlot, $18, 17
This wine reflects the power of the 2007 vintage with
lots of ripe Cabernet flavour and nice supporting oak
weight. Richness and concentration of fruit fills the
glass and I was reaching for another pour to try again.
A youthful wine with short-term cellaring potential.
WIGNALLS 2009 Pinot Noir, $32, 17
This shows complex plum, cherry and earthy
characters on the nose, with a focused and
structured palate finishing long and clean. Ripe
cherry flavours dominate the palate. The tannins
are smooth and balanced, the palate has a supple
texture with no obvious overriding oak characters.
HAREWOOD ESTATE 2009 Reserve
Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, $25, 17.5
James Kellie does everything well down in the
Great Southern. This is a great example of the
style, with lovely lychee on the nose. In some
as a table wine by some Australian producers,
including Perth Hills’ winemakers Josh and Rachael
Davenport. This wine shows youthful banana-like
esters on the nose leading to a warm, concentrated
and slippery palate with black fruits and complex
leather and chocolate characters.
Aldersyde 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, $18, 16.5
Heafod Glen 2009 Perth Hills Chardonnay, $22, 16
Myattsfield 2009 Dudley Durif, $24, 16
No doubt you’re full bottle now on the Geographe
after reading our profile on page 196, so there’s not
much more to say. As well as constant improvement
and refinement in the classic varieties, alternative
Mediterranean grapes continue to impress.
JUNIPER ESTATE 2009 Juniper
Crossing Tempranillo, $21, 18.5
A vibrant young wine showing lifted aromas of
plum, mulberry and cherry with intense black jube
and blueberry on the palate, knitted together by
fine chalky tannins. Subtle cocoa aromas derived
from barrel maturation in old oak add intrigue, but
winemaker Mark Messenger has clearly crafted this
wine to showcase the fruit.
Lamont’s 2008 Black Monster, $55, 16
Lamont’s 2008 Chardonnay, $29, 16
Barton Jones 2008 The Bigwig Shiraz, $26, 15.5
Mazza 2008 Tempranillo, $23, 15.5
A sizeable chunk of WA, the Great Southern is actually
the sum of five sub-regions; Albany, Mount Barker,
Porongurup, Frankland River and Denmark. While it
was great to see smaller boutique producers pick up
the spoils, it was even better seeing Mount Barker’s
respects an unusual wine showing distinct Germanic
characteristics, with delightful sweet and sour
nuances, and a refreshing finish with zingy acid.
PLANTAGENET 2009 Riesling, $22, 17
SUBREGION: Mount Barker
John Durham has continued the elegant, refined
and perfumed style we’ve come to expect. The light
perfumed aromas of limes and musk on the nose
continue on to the palate, which is ripe, intense and
stylish, with a long finish. Will continue to develop.
PLANTAGENET 2009 Hazard Hill
Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, $13, 17
An outstanding bouquet of honeysuckle leads on
to a rich fruity palate with good length and a clean
crisp finish. A really well-made wine showing what
good fruit and winemaking can achieve.
ABBEY CREEK 2010 Rosé, $20, 17
Made by Rob Diletti, this is a delicious, drier style
of rosé that should merit gold in the months ahead.
The colour is enticing – vibrant, pale pink with
magenta hues. Love those lifted floral aromas and
that beautifully fine, fresh and persistent palate.
Abbey Creek 2009 Riesling, $25, 16.5
Trevelen Farm 2008 The Tunney
Cabernet Sauvignon, $20, 16.5
Harewood Estate 2008 Shiraz
Cabernet, $19.50, 16.2
Harewood Estate 2008 Chardonnay, $25, 16
Harewood Estate 2008 Shiraz, $29.50, 16
Harewood Estate 2009 Red Rabbit, $16.50 , 16
Houghton 2008 Wisdom Shiraz, $32, 15.8
Moondah Brook 2009 Shiraz, $15, 15.7
Sittella 2008 Reserve Shiraz, $38, 15.7
Alkoomi 2009 Frankland River
Chardonnay, $22.50, 15.5
Feet First 2009 Cabernet Merlot, $16, 15.5
Feet First 2009 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, $16, 15.5
Trevelen Farm 2008 Chardonnay, $20, 15.5
Wignalls Wines 2009 Premium
Chardonnay, $35, 15.5
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