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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
2009 Forest Hill Vineyard Block 5 Cabernet Sauvignon

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 smells of dark berries and cherries, choc-mint and toasted cedar waft out of the glass, along with hints...

Cracka rating90
Region: Great Southern
2012 Wise Wine Frankland River Riesling

2012 Wise Wine Frankland River Riesling

Lower alcohol (11%) and relatively dry and citrusy is the theme with this zingy, frisky little number out of W.A. There's plenty of vibrant yellow and green citrus on the nose, along with a touch a pear, which translates to the light, dry palate, ...

Cracka rating80
Region: Great Southern
2013 Alkoomi White Label Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Alkoomi White Label Sauvignon Blanc

The Aboriginal meaning for the word Alkoomi is ‘the place we choose’, and it’s fair to say that they chose well when they found this prized land in the Frankland River. This zesty white is crisp and crunchy and best served straight out of the chil...

Cracka rating80
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
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
2012 Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Sauvignon Blanc

There's plenty of tropical island smells and tastes in this crisp and crunchy offering from Frankland River. Passionfruit, lemon curd and melons decorate the nose and flavour the palate, along with racy citrusy acidity, a touch of chalkiness, and ...

Cracka rating80
Region: Great Southern
2012 Howard Park Scotsdale Shiraz

2012 Howard Park Scotsdale Shiraz

Proving why the region is called Great southern, there’s greatness in every sip of this regional Shiraz from WA powerhouse Howard Park. This is a single vineyard wine of great distinction that goes to show that sometimes the west is the best. It m...

Cracka rating100
Region: Great Southern
2011 Plantagenet Omrah Cabernet Merlot

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 Great Southern Shiraz producers, but it's hard to argue with some of the seriously shit hot Caberne...

Cracka rating70
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 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