Great Southern

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Great Southern
Latitude
Altitude
75 m
Growing Season Rainfall
303 mm
Mean January Temperature
19˚ C
Harvest
Mid-March to end April
Wineries
53
Website
Cracka Rating 0

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 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.

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2014 Plantagenet Riesling

2014 Plantagenet Riesling

Plantagenet are renowned specialists with riesling and this release is really humming. It’s full of grapefruit expression with some underlying minerals before a juicy palate that’s full of vital citrus and refreshing acids. It works wonderfully as...

Cracka rating100
Region: Great Southern
2012 Harewood The Edge Classic Dry White

2012 Harewood The Edge Classic Dry White

This crisp bottle of white from Harewood would not look out of place in your Summer picnic hamper - and would go well with those prawn and mayo sandwiches. Made from a blend of chardy, sav blanc and semillon, the savvy really has quite an influenc...

Cracka rating80
Region: Great Southern
2014 Harewood Estate Reserve Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

2014 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 altitude (hence sexier) vineyards and given time in (sexy) French oak, all of which makes for a more com...

Cracka rating100
Region: Great Southern
2008 The Lake House Denmark Premium Reserve Frankland Shiraz

2008 The Lake House Denmark Premium Reserve Frankland Shiraz

They're a talented lot at The Lake House Denmark. Not only can they make peppery, spicy red berry fruit driven cool climate Shiraz like this, but they also make a very tasty range of chutneys and jams. Essential additions to any winery range really.

Cracka rating90
Region: Great Southern
2010 Alkoomi Black Label Shiraz Viognier

2010 Alkoomi Black Label Shiraz Viognier

Alkoomi are renown for turning out awesome reds, and this shiraz viognier is yet another feather in their cap. Aromas of ripe dark cherries and berries climb out of the glass, along with whiffs of pepper spice, star anise and mocha. The palate is ...

Cracka rating90
Region: Great Southern
2008 Alkoomi Blackbutt Cabernet Blend

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 vintage; excellent cellaring potential.  Appearance: Deep vibrant crimson. Nose: Lifted...

Cracka rating0
Region: Great Southern
2009 Ferngrove The Stirlings Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Ferngrove The Stirlings Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

The Stirlings is the 'big kahuna' from Ferngrove. It's their flagship wine, and they use the best parcels of fruit across all of their vineyards to make it. It's a rich, fuller-bodied yet graceful style of wine that shows fruity scents of spiced p...

Cracka rating90
Region: Great Southern
2013 Frankland Estate Netley Road Riesling

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! Scents of juicy limes, honeysuckle florals and green pears float out of the glass, whilst the palate i...

Cracka rating100
Region: Great Southern
2013 Frankland Estate Poison Hill Riesling

2013 Frankland Estate Poison Hill Riesling

A wine called 'Poison Hill' may not sound appealing, but there is a reason for the name. Check this out. It gets it's name from the Heart-leaf clover that grows on the slopes, which is poisonous to all but indigenous animals. So now we have put yo...

Cracka rating90
Region: Great Southern
2012 Plantagenet Omrah Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Plantagenet Omrah Sauvignon Blanc

If you are a savvy wine purchaser then you’ll won’t want to miss out on this wonderful wine from WA. Chilled Sauvignon Blanc like this makes sense on a warm summers day, a few glasses of this and you’ll be chilled too. Amazingly fresh nose of citr...

Cracka rating70
Region: Great Southern
2010 Castelli Estate Botrytis Riesling (375ml)

2010 Castelli Estate Botrytis Riesling (375ml)

Most of the sweet style wines in this country are made using Semillon but Castelli Estate have cleverly made a late harvest Riesling that clearly demonstrates what a perfect variety it is to use. It has just the right amount of sweetness that’s ba...

Cracka rating80
Region: Great Southern
2010 Trevelen Farm Frankland Reserve Shiraz

2010 Trevelen Farm Frankland Reserve Shiraz

Hailing from the Great Southern region of W.A, this is a wine that punches above it's price point, and will cellar for a few years to be a gift that keeps on giving. Aromas of red berries and dark cherries waft out of the glass, along with hints o...

Cracka rating90
Region: Great Southern
2011 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

From a cracking year in W.A. comes this awesome little cab sav that over-delivers at the price-point. Medium-bodied in style, it shows atypical cab smells of cassis, tobacco and W.A. choc-mint on the nose, whilst the palate is elegant and classica...

Cracka rating90
Region: Great Southern
2011 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Shiraz

2011 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Shiraz

Here we have a shiraz that retains it's finesse whilst still presenting fulsome flavours. Scents of dark berries and plums, pepper, earthiness and slight mintiness adorn the nose, whilst the palate is medium to fuller-bodied, with lovely licks of ...

Cracka rating90
Region: Great Southern
2012 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Chardonnay

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 5 to 6-years. There's loads of white stone fruits and hits of tropicals, cashews, yellow citrus and...

Cracka rating90
Region: Great Southern
2012 Castle Rock Estate Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Castle Rock Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Castle Rock is one of those wineries to watch, located not far from Mt. Barker in W.A. Rob Diletti is the star winemaker doing great things and still remembers working his first vintage at the winery aged six. Some things must have stuck in the he...

Cracka rating80
Region: Great Southern
2012 Willoughby Park Sauvignon Blanc

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 decorate the nose, with smatterings of citrus, whilst the palate is light, bright and brisk with lemon...

Cracka rating80
Region: Great Southern
2013 Ferngrove Frankland River Chardonnay

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 apples, lemon zest, dairy and nuttiness waft out of the glass, whilst the palate is lighter-bodied an...

Cracka rating80
Region: Great Southern
2013 Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Chardonnay

2013 Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Chardonnay

Brilliant medium straw in appearance. Aromas of lifted fresh citrus leaf, white nectarine with apricot blossom notes with underlying nutty aromas developing in the glass. Vibrant stone fruit, white nectarine and orange blossom flavours carry throu...

Cracka rating90
Region: Great Southern
2013 Plantagenet Omrah Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

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 fruits and grassiness aplenty in this puppy, both on the nose and palate. It's all supported by cit...

Cracka rating70
Region: Great Southern