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Vineyard: Riversdale North

Originally planted in the mid 1990’s, we purchased this vineyard in 2010 and began an extensive renovation, grafting five new clones of Cabernet Sauvignon and five new clones of Shiraz along with Mencia, Touriga Nacional, Grenache, Mourvedre, Malbec, Fiano as well as new clones of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Frankland River soils are chiefly iron rich lateric gravelly or sandy loams derived from granite or gneissic rocks, and so are typically red in color and of uniform depth. Some areas carry loams derived from the native Marri and Karri eucalyptus forests.

The river valley is a major influence and responsible for cool airflow. There are only a handful of days in the high thirty degrees Celsius. The growing mean temperatures are very mild and warm days are moderated by the Albany Doctor (the sea breeze off the Southern Ocean), which can drop temperature from 30 to 15 degrees Celsius in a matter of hours.

Region:

Great Southern

This wine region, about eight times the size of Margaret River, is 150 kilometres from north to south and 100 kilometres from east to west. It is the largest wine Geographical Indication in the world. Vast and diverse, the regional climate ranges from the maritime sub regions of Albany and Denmark to the inland continental sub regions of Porongurup and Frankland River. The region already produces around half of Western Australia’s wine show successes, and its future potential is immense.

Location:

Frankland River Western Australia

Elevation:

250 Meters

Orientation:

Northern Aspect

Varietals:

  • Shiraz; Clones 877, 174, 470, Waldron
  • Cabernet Sauvignon; Clones Roche, 191, 337
  • Merlot; Clones 181
  • Cabernet Franc; Clone 332
  • Mencia
  • Touriga Nacional
  • Grenache
  • Mourvedre
  • Malbec
  • Fiano
  • Tempranillo

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'Best Value Winery 2017' James Halliday Wine Companion

'Winery of the Year 2011' James Halliday Wine Companion

'Producer of the Year 2011' Matt Skinner's Wine Guide

Finalist ‘Winemaker of the Year 2009’ Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine

Listed as one of the ‘Ten Best New Wineries in Australia’ & five star rating 2009 and 2010 James Halliday Wine Companion

Finalist ‘Winemaker of the Year 2003’ Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine

Nominated ‘Best Young Australian Winemaker 2004’ Decanter Magazine

Awarded ‘Winemaker of the Year 2003/2004’ Guide to Western Australian Wine 2005

Nominated ‘International Winemaker of the Year 2003’ International Wine and Spirit Competition

Finalist ‘Winemaker of the Year 2009’ Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine

Nominated ‘Best Young Australian Winemaker 2004’ Decanter Magazine