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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2009 Forest Hill Vineyard Block 5 Cabernet Sauvignon

Western Australian cab sav needs no introduction, and this one from Forest Hill is from a single block of the best grapes on the estate. Dense smel...

Winery: Forest Hill Vineyard | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
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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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2013 Mount Trio Moscato

Hailing from the Great Southern region of W.A comes this crisp, spritzy, cheeky moscato. It's lower in alcohol and slightly sweet, with aromas and ...

Winery: Mount Trio Vineyard | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 3.5/5
RRP: $25.00 | OUR PRICE : $19.99
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2010 MadFish Sideways Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Like all of the MadFish wines, a closer look reveals just how high quality they really are. Sure, the MadFish name has historically been about valu...

Winery: MadFish | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
RRP: $22.00 | OUR PRICE : $16.99
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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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2012 Ferngrove Orchid Diamond Chardonnay

Ferngrove have made a beauty of a wine with this 2012 chardy, and what's more is that it totally delivers more than the pricepoint suggests. Pretty...

Winery: Ferngrove | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
RRP: $26.99 | OUR PRICE : $23.99
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2012 Alkoomi Frankland River Riesling

We've said it before, and we'll say it again. Riesling is astonishing value, and this one not only tastes good, but is cellarworthy, too. Aromas of...

Winery: Alkoomi Wines | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $23.00 | OUR PRICE : $20.50
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2013 Frankland Estate Netley Road Riesling

There's no sting in the tail with this bonny little rizza out of W.A. It's from a single vineyard planted in 1966, and it's a crackerjack drink! Sc...

Winery: Frankland Estate | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 5/5
RRP: $30.00 | OUR PRICE : $27.99
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2012 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Chardonnay

Hailing from an organically-certified vineyard, this is a beautifully poised, moderately-oaked chardy that will satisfy the tastebuds over the next...

Winery: Frankland Estate | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
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2013 Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Riesling

This crisp, dry style of riesling won’t break the bank, and would be awesome with some sashimi and sushi. Scents of green apples, lemons, limes and...

Winery: Frankland Estate | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
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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 Alkoomi White Label Chardonnay

Chardonnay is back in vogue, and this one represents excellent value. It's bright, dry and crisp showing lots of peachy fruit, honeydew melon and a...

Winery: Alkoomi Wines | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 3.5/5
RRP: $18.00 | OUR PRICE : $14.50
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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 Chardonnay

This is a dry, bright, fresh style of chardy that has seen some light oak usage. There's appealing yellow citrus, Granny Smith apples and dairy on ...

Winery: Willoughby Park | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 3.5/5
RRP: $25.00 | OUR PRICE : $21.50
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2010 Willoughby Park Shiraz

Juicy and fleshy is the theme with this fuller-bodied offering from Willoughby Park. Dark fruits, spicy and slight meatiness show on the nose, and ...

Winery: Willoughby Park | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
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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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2013 Robert Oatley Signature Series Great Southern Riesling

Robert Oatley Wines has a catch-cry of 'Darned good drinks', and that pretty much sums up this bonny little rizza out of WA, but of course we are g...

Winery: Robert Oatley Vineyards | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $22.95 | OUR PRICE : $19.99
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2013 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling

Isolation Ridge is the organic vineyard of Frankland Estate, and this wine is a blinder that deserves two exclamation marks!! It's a floral, highly...

Winery: Frankland Estate | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 5/5
RRP: $35.00 | OUR PRICE : $32.99
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2008 Alkoomi Blackbutt Cabernet Blend

This premium red wine is made by blending small quantities of the very best Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Merlot produced in each ...

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2012 Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Chardonnay

Colour Brilliant medium straw. NOSE Lifted aromas of fresh citrus leaf, white nectarine with apricot blossom notes with underlying nutty aromas ...

Winery: Forest Hill Vineyard | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
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