Great Southern Wine Region

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Great Southern
Latitude 35˚02'S
Altitude 75 m
Growing Season Rainfall 303 mm
Mean January Temperature 19˚ C
Harvest Mid-March to end April
Wineries 53
Website www.greatsouthernwines.com.au

About Great Southern

Great Southern is a vast wine region, stretching for 150km in from the coast at the southern tip of Western Australia. The landscape is scattered with regal stands of jarrah, karri and marri trees against the magnificent granite peaks of the Poron...

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Great Southern is a vast wine region, stretching for 150km in from the coast at the southern tip of Western Australia. The landscape is scattered with regal stands of jarrah, karri and marri trees against the magnificent granite peaks of the Porongurup range. Great Southern incorporates five official sub-regions: Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup. As a whole, they produce a wide variety of wine styles. The region has earned an excellent reputation for premium riesling, chardonnay, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. Delicate riesling with great longevity from Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup is very highly regarded. Chardonnay is successful throughout, particularly in Albany and Denmark. Spicy shiraz, classic cabernet sauvignon and merlot are recognised for their fruit intensity and structure. Good examples of pinot noir from cooler sites and sauvignon blanc are also found.

Situated almost 400km south of Perth, Great Southern is a large and important wine region. After early trials in the 1950s, viticulture took off in the 70s and 80s to reach over 3,200 ha under vine. The region now accounts for almost 40% of Western Australia’s total wine production. Each sub-region lays claim to a distinctive natural terroir that is reflected in the wine. On the coast, Denmark and Albany benefit from a cool maritime climate strongly influenced by the Southern Ocean. It becomes warmer and continental further inland towards Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup in the north. As a whole, the district has relatively low rainfall. Soils vary through well drained gravelly and sandy loams formed from granite and gneissic rock to fertile red karri loams.

The city of Albany was the first proclaimed European settlement in Western Australia. It has a long history as a whaling station port. The Old Gaol that is now a museum was built in 1851 as a centre for hiring convict labour.

Raised 38m from the ground, the tree top walk in the Valley of the Giants is a popular tourist walkway above the canopy of the tingle tree forest.

Vintage Ratings

1996
8
GREAT
8
GREAT
1997
7
VERY GOOD
9
EXCELLENT
1998
6
GOOD
7
VERY GOOD
1999
7
VERY GOOD
6
GOOD
2000
7
VERY GOOD
6
GOOD
2001
9
EXCELLENT
8
GREAT
2002
8
GREAT
8
GREAT
2003
7
VERY GOOD
6
GOOD
2004
7
VERY GOOD
8
GREAT
2005
9
EXCELLENT
9
EXCELLENT
2006
6
GOOD
8
GREAT
2007
8
GREAT
9
EXCELLENT
2008
8
GREAT
8
GREAT
2009
8
GREAT
9
EXCELLENT
2010
8
GREAT
8
GREAT
2011
9
EXCELLENT
8
GREAT
2012
N/A
No Data
N/A
No Data
2013
N/A
No Data
N/A
No Data
2014
N/A
No Data
N/A
No Data

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2011 Ferngrove Orchid King Malbec

Malbec is one of those wines that demands the hind-leg of a cow to compliment it - complete with charred crispy bits. This one is a sumptuous, fles...

Winery: Ferngrove | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $32.00 | OUR PRICE : $26.99
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2013 Harewood Estate Reserve Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

The reserve version of the 'standard' Harewood Estate SSB, this takes the style and adds a little sexiness, with the fruit sourced from higher alti...

Winery: Harewood Estate | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 5/5
RRP: $27.50 | OUR PRICE : $21.95
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2012 Alkoomi Frankland River Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Semillon Sauvignon blends out of WA are a pretty safe bet for a value wine, and they don't come much better than this value offering from Alkoomi. ...

Winery: Alkoomi Wines | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 3.5/5
RRP: $23.00 | OUR PRICE : $18.50
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2011 Plantagenet Omrah Cabernet Merlot

Some may not agree, but we believe that the Great Southern makes better Cabernet than it does Shiraz. Now that may well make us unpopular with some...

Winery: Plantagenet | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 3.5/5
RRP: $21.95 | OUR PRICE : $16.99
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2013 Plantagenet Omrah Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Here we have a crisp and crunchy style of wine that is made for chilling down and enjoying around the pool, or out on the balcony. There's tropical...

Winery: Plantagenet | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 3.5/5
RRP: $19.95 | OUR PRICE : $16.99
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2013 Castelli Estate Riesling

From the outside, the Great Southern doesn't look like necessary prime Riesling territory. It's flat-ish for a start (except for Mt Barker/the Poro...

Winery: Castelli Estate | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $26.50 | OUR PRICE : $23.99
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2011 Castelli Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine hails from Denmark, not the country famed for Vikings, but the region in WA and is a classic case of small batch boutique winemaking. An ...

Winery: Castelli Estate | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $31.00 | OUR PRICE : $28.99
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2013 Mount Trio Great Southern Sauvignon Blanc

Crisp, zesty and crunchy is the theme with this bright young thing out of W.A. It's tropical, and a little bit grassy, with smells and tastes of le...

Winery: Mount Trio Vineyard | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 3.5/5
RRP: $25.00 | OUR PRICE : $19.99
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2012 Kerrigan + Berry Mt Barker Great Southern Riesling

What's not to love about riesling. It's the perfect Summer food wine that is generally a tad lower in alcohol, and full of lip-smacking citrusy fla...

Winery: Kerrigan Berry | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
RRP: $35.00 | OUR PRICE : $29.99
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2011 Willoughby Park Kalgan Ironrock Shiraz

This is a very medium-bodied offering from Willoughby Park in W.A from a pretty good vintage. It shows lots of white pepper, red berries and star a...

Winery: Willoughby Park | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $57.00 | OUR PRICE : $49.99
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2012 Willoughby Park Kalgan River Riesling

This is a very dry, lower alcohol (11.2%) wine that would be the bomb with grilled white fish and a squeeze of lemon and lime. There's a truck-load...

Winery: Willoughby Park | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $27.00 | OUR PRICE : $23.99
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2012 Willoughby Park Kalgan River Chardonnay

At the price, this wine shows plenty of layers to punch above its weight. It's a dry, moderately-oaked, medium-bodied style that shows white stone ...

Winery: Willoughby Park | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $32.00 | OUR PRICE : $24.99
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2012 Willoughby Park Kalgan Ironrock Riesling

We step up in the riesling stakes with this single vineyard offering from Willoughby Park. It's a dry, lower alcohol (11.4%) wine that shows some t...

Winery: Willoughby Park | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $35.00 | OUR PRICE : $31.99
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2011 Willoughby Park Kalgan Ironrock Chardonnay

This is quite a complex little number from relative 'newbies' Willoughby Park that would go well with the family Sunday roast chicken with sage stu...

Winery: Willoughby Park | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
RRP: $38.00 | OUR PRICE : $34.50
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2010 Willoughby Park Kalgan Ironrock Cabernet Sauvignon

Here we have a classic, cool-climate cab sav from a decent year out of the Great Southern in W.A. The nose shows an avalanche of red and blue berri...

Winery: Willoughby Park | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $57.00 | OUR PRICE : $49.99
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2010 Harewood Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

When it comes to the wines of WA, it’s not just the Margaret River that is a beacon of light in terms of quality. Some of the fruit coming out of F...

Winery: Harewood Estate | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
RRP: $35.00 | OUR PRICE : $26.99
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2011 Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Shiraz

At the price, this is a knockout shiraz out of the vastly underrated Great Southern region of W.A. Medium-bodied in style, it shows scents of raspb...

Winery: Forest Hill Vineyard | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 5/5
RRP: $30.00 | OUR PRICE : $23.99
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2013 Ferngrove Frankland River Chardonnay

This wine is amazing value for a W.A chardy, and it's made in that more modern style people are raving about these days. Attractive aromas of red a...

Winery: Ferngrove | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $20.99 | OUR PRICE : $18.99
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2012 Forest Hill Estate The Broker Shiraz

Appearance: Dark red. Nose: Mulberry and liquorice with hints of star anise. Palate: The palate is layered with blackberry and plums and swee...

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2012 Willoughby Park Sauvignon Blanc

This savvy from Willoughby Park is a surprisingly sweetly-fruited thing, with a hint of creaminess for added intrigue. Tropical fruits and herbs de...

Winery: Willoughby Park | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
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