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
29
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
2014 Alkoomi Black Label Riesling

2014 Alkoomi Black Label 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 citrus, jasmine, stones and subtle ginger spice float out of the glass, whilst the palate is fresh ...

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
2014 Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Riesling

2014 Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Riesling

Scents of green apples, lemons, limes and a sprinkle of dried herbs decorate the nose, whilst the palate is lip-smacking and very lime-like, with zippy, flinty acidity, a subtle talcy texture, and a vibrant, tidy, citrusy finish. Great value stuff...

Cracka rating80
Region: Great Southern
2012 Harewood Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

2012 Harewood Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

This is quite a generous pinot noir from Harewood. It's chock full of cherries, berries and soft, earthy spices, with liberal hits of coffee oak on the nose, whilst the palate is medium to full-bodied, with juicy red and black berry flavours, lick...

Cracka rating80
Region: Great Southern
2012 Ferngrove Orchid King Malbec

2012 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, fleshy number that displays ripe aromas of spiced plums with whiffs of mocha on the nose. The palate is ...

Cracka rating80
Region: Great Southern
2013 West Cape Howe Cape to Cape Cabernet Merlot

2013 West Cape Howe Cape to Cape Cabernet Merlot

We could tell you about the skill and artistry that goes into the winemaking at West cape Howe, how the soil imparts, great flavour or how the climate helps ripen berries to their full potential. But we know you just want to ask, “should I buy thi...

Cracka rating80
Region: Great Southern
2010 Harewood Estate Great Southern Reserve Shiraz

2010 Harewood Estate Great Southern Reserve Shiraz

Frankland Estate Shiraz, just the very mention of it makes us go a bit giddy in the knees. It’s all that cooler climate spice that we gravitate to and we think you’ll love this spicy Shiraz from this five star rated winery. It’s dense and inky wit...

Cracka rating90
Region: Great Southern
2012 Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Shiraz

2012 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 raspberries and blackberries on the nose, with a twist of white pepper, ground coffee and dark chocolate....

Cracka rating100
Region: Great Southern
2010 Harewood Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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 Frankland River and Denmark make many of the smartest reds. Harewood Estate continues to be one of th...

Cracka rating90
Region: Great Southern
2013 Harewood Estate Reserve Riesling

2013 Harewood Estate Reserve Riesling

This little puppy is a bright, citrusy young thing that is already picking up some silver bling from wine shows. Lemons are the theme here, but there are hints of spice and white florals. The palate is pretty dry and nimble, with with lots of lemo...

Cracka rating80
Region: Great Southern
2013 West Cape Howe Cape to Cape Chardonnay

2013 West Cape Howe Cape to Cape Chardonnay

Unwooded Chardonnay is a style that many of the ABC crowd can still manage to get their heads around. The reason they went off the variety in the first place was because Chardonnay was oaky and full bodied. It makes marketing sense to spell out if...

Cracka rating70
Region: Great Southern
2010 Willoughby Park Shiraz

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 the palate is juicy fruity, with licks of pepper spice, fine, approachable tannins, and a plush, spi...

Cracka rating80
Region: Great Southern
2011 Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

If you don’t want to venture to the Block 5 Cab sav, this is an awesome alternative, especially if you compare the price. It punches above it's weight, and shows lots of cassis, raspberries, mocha and a touch of mint on the nose. The palate is mor...

Cracka rating90
Region: Great Southern
2010 Ferngrove The Stirlings Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 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
NV Castelli Estate Checkmate Sparkling

NV Castelli Estate Checkmate Sparkling

Made the same way as Champagne, but at a fraction of the price, comes this peaches and cream style of bubbly that would go down a treat at your next family shindig. Stone fruits, baked bread and dairy float out of the glass, whilst the palate is m...

Cracka rating70
Region: Great Southern
2012 Castelli Checkmate Cabernet Merlot

2012 Castelli Checkmate Cabernet Merlot

If there is one thing Western Australia excels at, it's cab merlot blends. And it's not often you will find one at under $20. This cheeky offering from Castelli is a full-bodied wine that shows ripe aromas of black fruits, anise spice and violets,...

Cracka rating80
Region: Great Southern
2012 Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Cabernets

2012 Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Cabernets

This is a great, easy drinking, medium-bodied red that will exceed your expectations at the price, especially of you have a glass with a juicy steak sandwich! Aromas of raspberries and red currants flood the nose and palate, along with subtle lick...

Cracka rating80
Region: Great Southern
2012 West Cape Howe Cape to Cape Shiraz

2012 West Cape Howe Cape to Cape 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 blend of Great Southern (55%) and Margaret River (45%), the cool climate expressed by lifted aromat...

Cracka rating90
Region: Great Southern
2013 Alkoomi Black Label Riesling

2013 Alkoomi Black Label 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 citrus, jasmine, stones and subtle ginger spice float out of the glass, whilst the palate is fresh ...

Cracka rating80
Region: Great Southern