Even by Australian standards, Great Southern is vast.
It's one of the largest, most isolated wine regions in the world.

Denmark.

400km or so south of Perth, you’ll find our home, estate block and winery. Driving in, there’s a series of steep hills and valleys before you emerge onto the rolling slopes of the vineyard and eventually, the Southern Ocean.

It’s a pristine place, long cool summer days and ‘mean’ gravelly soils that slowly ripen the grapes to produce wines of intense flavours.

  • Latitude 35°1’S
  • Altitude 50m
  • Heat degree days 1471
  • Growing season rainfall 354mm
  • Mean January temp 18.7°C
Frankland River.

Ask around, Frankland River produces some of the best Shiraz in Australia. The climate here is Mediterranean - dry and sunny - and results in wines of hefty weight and complexity.

The river valley has a crucial role, funnelling cool and humid air north from the ocean moderating the afternoon heat to provide a long, slow ripening period for grapes.

  • Latitude 34°22’S
  • Altitude 230m
  • Heat degree days 1441
  • Growing season rainfall 310mm
  • Mean January temp 20.6°C
Mount Barker.

Mount Barker is the birthplace of the Great Southern. It was here in 1955 that the pioneering American viticulturalist Harold Olmo recommended growing grapes for European-style table wines.

Despite its lofty name, Mount Barker is largely dry, open grazing country with scattered vineyards, but it was the gravelly soil conditions that Olmo likened to Bordeaux, in France.

  • Latitude 34°35’S
  • Altitude 250m
  • Heat degree days 1488
  • Growing season rainfall 287mm
  • Mean January temp 19.0°C
Porongurup.

The feel of Porongurup is quite different from neighbouring Mount Barker.

Great stands of towering Eucalypt forest and a massive series of rounded granite knobs give way to sweeping views out over the Porongurup Ranges.

This elevated vineyard produces crisp, cool-climate wines on granite soils.

  • Latitude 34°40’S
  • Altitude 620m
  • Heat degree days 1441
  • Growing season rainfall 310mm
  • Mean January temp 19.0°C

Wines

The Great Southern wine growing region provides unmatched versatility and quality for a winemaker. From the elegance and delicacy of cool climate Riesling to the restrained intensity of Denmark Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The texture and richness of Mount Barker Cabernet and the structure, weight and complexity of Frankland River Shiraz.

Harewood Estate showcases this potential in a range of wines produced from grapes grown in select, low yielding vineyards.

2013

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Chardonnay
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2013 Chardonnay

This wine has been made from Chardonnay grapes grown in the cool maritime climate of Denmark in the Great Southern wine region of Western Australia. The juice is barrel fermented in a mixture of new and second use French oak 225 litre barriques and larger 500 litre puncheons.

Half of the barrels are lees stirred weekly, and allowed to undergo secondary malolactic fermentation, introducing a savoury, rich textural complexity to the finished wine.

The wine matures for 11 months on oak before minimal fining and bottling.

A brilliant, fresh, green straw colour.

A complex, perfumed nose of citrus and fresh nectarines balanced by toasty french oak and a savoury cashew barrel ferment character.

A full-bodied, complex palate with stone fruits and honeydew melon leading to a creamier rounded mid palate of peach, vanilla and roasted nuts with a lingering crisp finish of grapefruit and spicy French oak.

2013

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D-Block Pinot Noir
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2013 D-Block Pinot Noir

This Pinot Noir has been produced from Harewood Estate’s D-block. This block was planted in 1994 with clone 2051, also known as “Droopy” for its relatively weak cane strength (as opposed to the stronger stiffer canes of the “Upright” clone). The block has a valuable north-west aspect that captures the afternoon sun.

The grapes produced by clone 2051 tend to have a thinner skin than the burgundian clones (114, 115, 777, etc.) resulting in a “prettier”, “strawberries and cream” pinot with a lighter colour, soft tannins and perfumed aromatics.

The wine was matured in a mix of new and older French oak barriques for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.

A light crimson with hints of purple.

A lifted nose of red cherry and strawberry complemented by earthier, mushroom characters and spicy French oak.

Vibrant flavours of raspberry and ripe strawberries are balanced by more complex notes of spice and truffle with a creamy mid palate. The wine finishes with hints of mocha and redcurrant acidity supported by gentle tannins and toasty French oak.

2014

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Denmark Riesling
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2014 Denmark Riesling

The grapes for this wine were sourced from one of the few plantings of riesling in the maritime, cool climate Denmark sub region of Western Australia’s Great Southern wine region.

Only the finest, more pristine, “free-run” juice was used in the production of this wine resulting in a palate of outstanding finesse, free from the harsh, phenolic characters and deeper colours associated with grape pressings.

A long, cool ferment in stainless steel tanks, minimal fining and the use of screw caps are all further steps towards capturing the inherent delicacy of this cool climate variety.

A brilliant, exceptionally pale straw colour with youthful green tinges. The wine exhibits intense floral and citrus with hints of passionfruit enhanced by an underlying spicy lift.

A seamless palate, with initial flavours of mandarin and grapefruit leading to a sherbet mid-palate of passion fruit and spice finishing with classic mouth-watering citrus. The fine structure is testament to the care taken during this wines production.

2013

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F-Block Pinot Noir
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2013 F-Block Pinot Noir

This Pinot Noir has been produced from Harewood Estate’s F-block. This block has been planted with a selection of the “Dijon” clones, which are part of a small group of unique clones that were identified, isolated and propagated by Dijon University researcher Dr Raymond Bernard from the best performing, highest pedigree Pinot vineyards in Burgundy – clones 114, 115, and 777. The clones have been attributed with producing wines of excellent aroma, structure, intensity and balance.

F block is a north facing site with a gentle slope on gravely karri loam soils. The pinot is dry grown.

The wine was matured in a mix of new and older French oak barriques for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.

A light crimson with hints of purple.

An intense nose of black cherry and dark fruits supported by complex hints of licorice and spice.

Rich flavours of blackberry and ripe plum are complemented by more complex notes of spice and aniseed on the mid palate. The wine finishes with hints of black cherry and coffee bean supported by velvety tannins and toasty French oak.

2012

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Reserve Chardonnay

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2012 Reserve Chardonnay

This estate grown Chardonnay is handpicked and whole bunch pressed resulting in the most pristine, high quality juice. The juice is barrel fermented in a mixture of new and second use water-bent French oak barriques. We use several yeast strains, including wild yeast, to add to the layers of complexity.

A small proportion of the barrels are lees stirred weekly, and allowed to undergo the secondary malolactic fermentation, introducing a savoury and textural intensity to the finished wine.

The wine spends between 11 months in barrel before minimal fining and bottling.

A brilliant, fresh, green straw colour.

A complex, perfumed nose of citrus and fresh nectarines balanced by toasty french oak and a savoury cashew barrel ferment character.

The use of free-run juice has produced an impressively elegant cool climate chardonnay, achieving a perfect balance between delicate fruit flavours, texture and length. Initial flavours of grapefruit and stone fruit lead to a richer and more textured mid palate that finishes with lingering citrus acidity balanced by spicy French oak.

2012

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Reserve Denmark Pinot Noir

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2012 Reserve Denmark Pinot Noir

This Pinot Noir has been produced from 3 specially selected clones estate grown in our Denmark vineyard. These are part of the group of rare Burgundian clones, isolated by Dijon university from the best performing Pinot vineyards in Burgundy – clones 114, 115, and 777.

The Burgundian clones were handpicked and handplunged in small one tonne open fermenters. A proportion of the whole bunches were incorporated in the ferment to introduce a “carbonic maceration” derived complexity.

The wine was matured for eighteen months in 100% new French oak barriques.

A limited production of only 1200 bottles.

Dark ruby with purple hues.

A complex nose of cherries, spice, licorice and mocha complemented by perfumed floral notes, gamey, mushroom characters and toasty French oak.

The selection of clones has given the wine impressive texture and fruit weight. Rich flavours of black cherry and raspberry are balanced by more complex hints of spice, mushroom and aniseed. The wine finishes with mocha and gamey characters supported by fine grained mature tannins and vanillin French oak.

2014

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Reserve Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

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2014 Reserve Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

The fruit for this wine was grown in the higher altitude, cool climate vineyards situated in the coastal region of Denmark, Western Australia - a blend of 54% Semillon and 46% Sauvignon Blanc.

Only the finest, more “pristine”, free-run juice was used resulting in a wine of outstanding elegance and purity, free from any harsh, phenolic characters associated with grape skins.

A third of each variety was fermented and left on lees in large 500 litre French oak puncheons for six weeks and then blended back with the cool fermented tank portion, introducing a subtle creamy texture and savoury complexity.

Minimal fining and the use of screw caps are all further steps towards capturing the inherent delicacy of this cool climate blend.

A brilliant, very pale straw colour with youthful green hues.

An intense, pungent nose combining the aromatic quince and lemons of Semillon with the vibrant gooseberry and herbaceous snow pea of cool climate Sauvignon Blanc.

The intensity of the nose is reflected in the seamless purity of the palate. Mouth-watering citrus fruits are balanced by hints of more tropical passionfruit.

An underlying flinty complexity is complemented by the subtle texture of french oak and a long, lingering finish of crisp grapefruit acidity.

2013

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Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
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2013 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

The fruit for this wine was grown in cool climate vineyards situated in the Denmark, Porongurup and Mount Barker sub-regions of the Great Southern wine region in Western Australia - a blend of 63% Sauvignon Blanc and 37% Semillon.

Only the finest, more “pristine”, free-run juice was used resulting in a wine of outstanding elegance and purity, free from any harsh, phenolic characters associated with grape skins.

A cool ferment in stainless steel, minimal fining and the use of screw caps are all further steps towards capturing the inherent delicacy of this cool climate blend.

A brilliant, pale straw colour with youthful green hues.

An intense, pungent nose displaying gooseberry and passionfruit with hints of tropical fruit and grassy citrus notes.

The use of only free-run juice is reflected in the seamless purity of the palate. Mouth-watering citrus fruits are balanced by more tropical passionfruit and pineapple notes. Hints of flint and spice in the mid-palate lead to a lingering fine finish of grapefruit.

2013

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Silex Chardonnay
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2013 Silex Chardonnay

The fruit for this wine was grown in E block on Harewood Estate’s cool climate, coastal vineyard situated in the Denmark sub-region of the Great Southern, Western Australia. The fruit was picked early to enhance the inherent steely, flinty acidity and fine lemons and grapefruit characters.

Only the finest, more “pristine”, free-run juice was used resulting in a wine of outstanding elegance and purity, free from any harsh, phenolic characters associated with grape skins.

The majority of the juice underwent a cool ferment in stainless steel with the balance fermented using wild yeast in large format, older oak puncheons. Minimal fining and the use of screw caps are all further steps towards capturing the inherent delicacy of this cool climate wine.

A brilliant, pale straw colour with youthful steely green hues.

A classic, cool climate chardonnay displaying enticing aromas of flint, grapefruit and underlying hints of blossom and spice.

The use of only free-run juice is reflected in the seamless purity of the palate. The initial flavours of citrus lead to a spicy, minerally, textured mid-palate and a long finish of clean, refreshing grapefruit acidity.

2009

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“Fizzy Lizzie”
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2009 “Fizzy Lizzie”

The grapes for this wine were handpicked from E block on Harewood Estate’s cool climate, coastal vineyard situated in the Denmark sub-region of the Great Southern, Western Australia.

The grapes were whole bunch pressed ensuring that only the finest quality juice was used in the production of this sparkling wine. Following a cool primary ferment in a stainless steel tank, the wine underwent a secondary ferment in bottle and was left on its yeast lees for 4 years. The extended time on lees has resulted in prominent bready, creamy yeast autolysis characters that add to the wines complexity.

A brilliant, golden straw colour with hints of steely green hues.

A vibrant and complex nose of honeysuckle, green apple and citrus complemented by biscuity, freshly baked bread aromas with classic savoury and creamy yeast autolysis characters.

A fine mousse supports a long crisp finish. Traditional “strawberries and cream” flavours are balanced by a combination of vibrant cool climate notes of grapefruit and lemons with hints of more tropical melon and a creamy, yeasty mid palate complexity.

2013

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Frankland River Riesling

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2013 Frankland River Riesling

The grapes for this wine were sourced from a single vineyard in the Frankland River sub region to the north of Western Australia’s Great Southern wine region.

Only the finest, more pristine, “free-run” juice was used in the production of this wine resulting in a palate of outstanding elegance, free from the harsh, phenolic characters associated with pressings.

A long, cool ferment in stainless steel tanks, minimal fining and the use of screw caps are all further steps towards capturing the inherent delicacy of this cool climate variety.

A brilliant, exceptionally pale straw colour with youthful green tinges.

The wine exhibits pungent spicy blossom and hints of stone fruits enhanced by an underlying citrus vibrancy.

A seamless palate, with initial flavours of passionfruit and mandarin leading to a spicy mid-palate with richer hints of mango sorbet finishing with classic mouth-watering lemons and limes. The fine structure is testament to the care taken during this wines production.

2012

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Great Southern Shiraz Cabernet

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2012 Great Southern Shiraz Cabernet

The careful selection of varieties and sub regions has produced a wine that combines the licorice and black cherry of Frankland River Shiraz, the pepper and blackberry of Mount Barker Shiraz and the leafy elegance and raspberry of cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon from Porongurup in the Great Southern Wine region of Western Australia.

The individual batches were fermented in small open fermenters and then matured in a mixture of new and older French and American oak barriques.

Following nine months in oak, the wines were carefully blended and returned to barrel for a further six months prior to bottling. The final blend is 60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet.

A bright crimson colour with youthful purple hues.

A rich aromatic nose displaying an enticing combination of cinnamon, black pepper, plum, licorice and blackberry supported by vanillin oak and hints of leafy tobacco.

Initial flavours of soft ripe plums and blackcurrant lead to a more structured mid palate of raspberry and aniseed with a long textured finish of spicy oak and mocha supported by fine velvety tannins.

2010

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Reserve Shiraz

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2010 Reserve Shiraz

The Great Southern region produces some of the best Shiraz grapes in Australia.

The careful selection of vineyards has produced a wine that combines the licorice and black cherry of Frankland River Shiraz with the pepper and blackberry of cool climate Mount Barker Shiraz from the Great Southern, Western Australia.

The individual batches were fermented in small open fermenters and then matured in a mixture of new and one year old French oak barriques.

Following nine months in oak, the wines were assessed and blended, then returned to barrel for a further 15 months prior to bottling.

A dense crimson colour with youthful purple hues.

A rich and vibrant nose displaying an enticing combination of violets, black pepper, blackcurrant and coffee bean complemented by spicy, vanillin French oak.

A seamless, complete palate combining cherry, blackberry and plum with cinnamon, pepper and licorice leading to a complex finish of mocha and vanilla supported by fine grained tannins.

2012

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Great Southern Cabernet Merlot

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2012 Great Southern Cabernet Merlot

This wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc sourced from specialist vineyards in the Frankland River Porongurup and Denmark sub regions of the Great Southern wine region, western australia.

The individual batches were fermented in small open fermenters and then matured in a mixture of new and older French and American oak barriques. Following nine months in oak, the wines were carefully blended and returned to barrel for a further nine months prior to bottling.

A dense, inky red with some youthful purple hues. A complex, perfumed and spicy nose of blackcurrant, mint and tobacco leaf palate. A full, seamless and textured palate of blackberry, plums and spicy vanillin french oak complemented by a long finish of chocolate mint, raspberry and fine tannins.

2014

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Mount Barker Riesling
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2014 Mount Barker Riesling

The grapes for this wine were sourced from a single vineyard in the Mount Barker sub region of Western Australia’s Great Southern wine region.

Only the finest, more pristine, “free-run” juice was used in the production of this wine resulting in a palate of outstanding finesse, free from the harsh, phenolic characters and deeper colours associated with grape pressings.

A long, cool ferment in stainless steel tanks, minimal fining and the use of screw caps are all further steps towards capturing the inherent delicacy of this cool climate variety.

A brilliant, exceptionally pale straw colour with youthful green tinges.

The wine exhibits intense floral, citrus and talc notes enhanced by an underlying spicy vibrancy.

A seamless palate, with initial flavours of passionfruit and mandarin leading to a spicy mid-palate with hints of nectarine finishing with classic mouth-watering citrus. The fine structure is testament to the care taken during this wines production.

2012

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Shiraz

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2012 Shiraz

The Great Southern region produces some of the best Shiraz grapes in Australia.

The careful selection of vineyards has produced a wine that combines the licorice and black cherry of Frankland River Shiraz with the pepper and blackberry of cool climate Porongurup and Mount Barker Shiraz from the Great Southern, Western Australia.

The individual batches were fermented in small open fermenters and then matured in French oak barriques for 18 months.

A light fining with egg whites prior to bottling has helped produce a softer rich fruit driven Shiraz.

A dense crimson colour with youthful purple hues.

Rich aromas of plum jam, mocha and black pepper with spicy, toast French oak.

Initial flavours of black cherry and mulberry leadto a rich mid palate of licorice and dark chocolate finishing with long fine tannins and the toasty spice and vanilla of premium French oak barriques.

2014

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Porongurup Riesling
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2014 Porongurup Riesling

The grapes for this wine were sourced from one of the original plantings of Riesling in the Porongurup ranges of Western Australia’s Great Southern wine region.

Only the finest, more pristine, “free-run” juice was used in the production of this wine resulting in a palate of outstanding finesse, free from the harsh, phenolic characters and deeper colours associated with grape pressings.

A long, cool ferment in stainless steel tanks, minimal fining and the use of screw caps are all further steps towards capturing the inherent delicacy of this cool climate variety.

A brilliant, exceptionally pale straw colour with youthful green tinges.

The wine exhibits fine floral and citrus notes enhanced by an underlying flinty vibrancy.

An elegant, seamless palate with initial flavours of green apple and grapefruit leading to a crisp mid-palate with an underlying slate character finishing with classic mouth-watering lemons and limes. The fine structure is testament to the care taken during this wines production.

2010

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Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine is a blend of premium parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from specialist vineyards in Denmark, Mount Barker and Frankland River in the Great Southern, Western Australia. The Cabernet from Mount Barker and Frankland River has provided a rich foundation for the brighter elegance of the fruit from the cool coastal Denmark vineyard.

The individual parcels of fruit were “cold-soaked” prior to fermentation with specific yeasts isolated in Bordeaux. This pre-ferment treatment permits a gentler extraction of tannins, whilst enhancing fruit intensity.

The wine then underwent malolactic fermentation and maturation in an equal mix of new and one-year old French oak barriques. After one year in oak, the individual barriques were subjected to an exhaustive selection process to arrive at the final blend which was then matured for a further 12 months in French oak.

A dense, inky red with some youthful purple hues.

A complex, perfumed and spicy nose of cassis, mint, cedar and tobacco leaf.

A full, seamless and textured palate of black cherries, liquorice and spicy toasty French oak complemented by a long finish of mocha, raspberry and fine tannins.

2013

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Reserve Riesling

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2013 Reserve Riesling

The grapes for this wine were sourced from one of the oldest plantings of Riesling in the Porongurup ranges of Western Australia’s Great Southern wine region. This reserve Riesling is from the original top block of 40 year old Geisenheim and Rhine Riesling vines.

Only the finest, more pristine, “free-run” juice was used in the production of this wine resulting in a palate of outstanding finesse, free from the harsh, phenolic characters and deeper colours associated with grape pressings.

A long, cool ferment in stainless steel tanks, minimal fining and the use of screw caps are all further steps towards capturing the inherent delicacy of this cool climate variety.

A brilliant, exceptionally pale straw colour with youthful green tinges.

The wine exhibits intense citrus blossom and hints of riper pear enhanced by an underlying spicy honeysuckle complexity.

A seamless palate, with initial flavours of lemon zest leading to a textured spicier mid-palate of passion fruit and slate finishing with classic taut steely acidity. The fine structure is testament to the care taken during this wines production.

James Kellie

I was fortunate to land my dream winemaking job at the renowned Howard Park, in the Great Southern. The plan at that stage was to hone my skills, learn as much as I could and move to Tasmania; 15 years later we’re still here. 

In 1998, whilst at Howard Park, I started making wine on contract for Harewood and in 2003 my family and I took the plunge to purchase Harewood Estate. It was a nerve-racking time, we decided to build a 300 tonne winery and were up to our necks. I knew it was ambitious, but we were making a serious commitment to develop sub-regional wines that showcased the variety of the Great Southern.

Hard work is paying off; the winery has grown to 500 tonnes and we’ve received 31 national and international Trophies, hundreds of medals and the coveted 5 Red Star Rating from influential wine critic James Halliday which is awarded to the top 5% of Australian wineries for “a consistent record of excellence”.

The aim of Harewood Estate hasn’t changed: grapes are grown in select, low yielding vineyards to create wines that represent the best the region has to offer.

Awards

For 10 consecutive years, Harewood Estate has received 5 stars from James Halliday - Australia’s most influential wine critic - for “wines of exemplary quality and typicity”.

We have been awarded the elusive Five Red Stars for a "consistent record of excellence" since its introduction in 2006.

More than anything else, these awards are a testament to the quality of wine grapes grown throughout the Great Southern region.

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