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Western Australia

Western Australia has the country's oldest winery and the newest wine industry. 

The Olive Farm Winery (built in 1829 - the year the west was first settled by the British and the vine arrived) is now of only local interest, but the produce of the region most certainly is not.

Western Australia has the country's oldest winery and the newest wine industry. 

The Olive Farm Winery (built in 1829 - the year the west was first settled by the British and the vine arrived) is now of only local interest, but the produce of the region most certainly is not.

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With the recent realisation that cool weather climates like the Margaret River, south of the traditional winemaking district of the scorching Swan Valley, were ideal for the growing of vines came the creation and subsequent growth of internationally celebrated wines.Western Australia, in common with New Zealand, is a minor player in terms of bulk but has carved out a niche when it comes to fine wine.

Margaret River is the most famous, but Frankland River, Mount Barker, Manjimup and Pemberton are also celebrated winemaking districts.

Styles of Wines

Varietals of classic grapes and trusted Old World blends, such as Cabernet Merlot and Semillon Sauvignon, have formed the basis for the wines of Western Australia but lesser known vines have been experimented with to great effect.  Allied to the fact that the region is cool compared with eastern Australia, resulting in wines that are often more subtle and elegant, this has created a wine industry mature beyond its years, confident in its product and a delight to behold.

Key Vines

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Riesling have all done well in various parts of the region, but they are not alone.  Zinfandel has made a splash, whilst Grenache and Mataro (known as Mourvèdre in its native France) for red wines and Marsanne and Roussanne for whites have come from the Rhône and expertly been blended.

Climate and Conditions

The Swan Valley is hot and has never been able to produce great wines with which to seduce the world.  Further south it is a different story.  Around the Margaret River, which empties into the southern extremity of the Indian Ocean, and the Frankland River, which loses itself in the westernmost extent of the Southern Ocean, these great bodies of water help create a cooler and more conducive environment for viticulture.  The inland areas of the far south are also cool enough to be productive.

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  1. Juniper Crossing Chardonnay, Margaret River

    Juniper Crossing Chardonnay, Margaret River, 2015 75cl

    The winemaker calls this wine  'wonderful example of a contemporary Chardonnay', and I have to agree.  This wine shows a delicious mix of floral citrus notes with stone fruits and melon giving this wine its smooth juicy feel. Long and lingering.

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  2. Juniper Crossing Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,

    Juniper Crossing Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River, 2015 75cl

    Pale straw in colour, this wine has a lovely fresh and fruity style showing aromas of gooseberry, green aples, pear and passion fruits. Smooth and rounded on the palate with a long refreshing finish.

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  3. McHenry Hohnen Amigo White, Margert River

    McHenry Hohnen Amigos Marsanne Chardonnay Roussanne, Margert River, 2011 75cl

    A careful blend of Marsanne, Chardonnay and Roussanne each bringing its unique flavour to the wine. A lovely golden colour, this wine has aromatic complexity from the Marsanne, richness and freshness from the Chardonnay whilst the Roussanne adds a mineral character.

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  4. McHenry Hohnen Rocky Road Chardonnay

    McHenry Hohnen Rocky Road Vineyard Chardonnay, Margert River, 2011 75cl

    This is a tradional Chardonnay from the Margret River. An open fresh palate of peach and nectarines with hints of grapefruit. Rounded and textured in the mouth with a long, elegent citrus finish.

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  5. Juniper Crossing Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River, 2013

    Juniper Crossing Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River, 2014 75cl

    Wonderful ripe fruit character of blackcurrant, raspberry, cherry and plums. The palate is deep and rich with juicy mixed berry and plum fruits. Some subtle spice and toasty vanilla hints compliments a long lingering finish.

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  6. Juniper Crossing Shiraz, Margaret River, 2013

    Juniper Crossing Shiraz, Margaret River, 2014 75cl

    This is a stunning Shiraz, deep crimson red in colour with aromas of violets, raspberry, blackberry and cherry fruits. A firm savory finish with the palate showing juicy succulent textures with vibrant concentrated red and dark berry fruits.

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