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 Howard Park Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon

The deep and dark ruby colour implies the intensity and richness that is abundantly delivered on bouquet and palate. Full of dense and very ripe...

Winery: Howard Park | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 5/5
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2011 Harewood Estate Great Southern Shiraz

Hailing from W.A, this plush, juicy little number will be just the thing for your Sunday roast lunch. Sweetly-fruited aromas of dark berries and pl...

Winery: Harewood Estate | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 3.5/5
RRP: $22.95 | OUR PRICE : $17.99
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2013 Castle Rock Estate Chardonnay

Who’s the king of the castle? Well judging by this amazing chardy we reckon winemaker Rob Diletti is. He’s been a pivotal part of his family winery...

Winery: Castle Rock Estate | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
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2011 Mount Trio Great Southern Cabernet Merlot

This is astonishing value for a W.A. cab merlot, and it displays all the elements we like in wines from the region. Made at West Cape Howe for Moun...

Winery: Mount Trio Vineyard | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
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2010 Howard Park Leston Shiraz

Margaret River can offer some of the most scintillating examples of Shiraz, as far as quality goes, the multi-award winning Howard Park can do no w...

Winery: Howard Park | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
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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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2011 Harewood Estate Great Southern Shiraz Cabernet

The great Australian red blend is back in style and here it is in full effect. The combination of Shiraz and Cabernet makes for such an easy drinki...

Winery: Harewood Estate | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
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2012 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling (375ml)

Isolation Ridge is the organic vineyard of Frankland Estate, and this 2012 is a blinder that deserves two exclamation marks!! It's a floral, highly...

Winery: Frankland Estate | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 5/5
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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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2013 Ferngrove Orchid Cossack Riesling

Riesling from Frankland River is a thing of beauty, and this one from Ferngrove is pretty typical of the style. It's a lighter, limy style of wine ...

Winery: Ferngrove | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
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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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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
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2011 West Cape Howe Shiraz

Only West Cape Howe have the know Howe to create wines of real distinction from the Great Southern region in W.A and Margaret River. Here we have a...

Winery: West Cape Howe Wines | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
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2012 Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Shiraz

This is an excellent, more medium-bodied shiraz that you can buy with coins on your piggie bank. Pretty smells of red and dark berries, spiced sala...

Winery: Frankland Estate | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
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2011 Willoughby Park Kalgan River Shiraz

We were blessed with another excellent growing season in 2011, with a dry spring and summer, with the exception of a few showers in January which s...

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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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2011 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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NV West Cape Howe Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir

Made the same way as Champagne (fermented in bottle), this blend of chardy and pinot noir is a light to medium-bodied style that shows lemon citrus...

Winery: West Cape Howe Wines | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $35.00 | OUR PRICE : $27.99
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2012 Plantagenet Hazard Hill Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Tony Smith is descendent of the original Plantagenets, and by sheer luck he purchased this small farm in the Plantagenet shire of WA in 1971. The r...

Winery: Plantagenet | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 3.5/5
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2013 Castelli Estate Chardonnay

Take one Italian making wine in the west of Australia and you’ll discover the passion that is Castelli Estate. The quality of fruit that has been s...

Winery: Castelli Estate | Region: Great Southern| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
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