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      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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      2012 Mystery Premium 94 Point Cabernet Sauvignon

      2012 Mystery Premium 94 Point Cabernet Sauvignon

      This handsome Cabernet is a medium-bodied, elegant little number that shows aromas of black plums, redcurrant and florals on the nose that are highly perfumed and appealing. The palate is suave and chic with more berry and plum flavours, licks of ...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Great Southern
      2014 Mr Tipple Great Southern Riesling

      2014 Mr Tipple Great Southern Riesling

      Our old mate Mr Tipple is at it again, this time he's visited cool South Western corner of WA and come up with this pearler of a Great Southern Riesling. It is bright and fresh with all those classic limey/lemon rind fruit flavours and a floral to...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: Great Southern
      2014 Marchand & Burch 'Villages' Great Southern Chardonnay

      2014 Marchand & Burch 'Villages' Great Southern Chardonnay

      Now this is the perfect example of what happens when a French Winemaker gets his hands of premium Australian Chardonnay fruit. The result is a fine-boned, clean, fresh and utterly delicious Chardonnay that is built to drink now however, time in th...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Great Southern
      2013 Mystery 5 Star Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

      2013 Mystery 5 Star Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

      Coming from the vineyards of one of WA's wine royalty and situated in a quirky little village on the outskirts of one of Western Australia's most prestigious wine growing regions, this Cabernet is not to be missed. Full flavoured and seriously str...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Great Southern
      2011 Leaping Lizard Cabernet Merlot

      2011 Leaping Lizard Cabernet Merlot

      Dynamic, fresh and fun, that’s the promise you’ll get with these wines, with flavours literally leaping out the glass. These are as varietal as you can get, showing Western Australian fruit at its vibrant best. It’s lifted with cherry, black cherr...

      Cracka rating70
      Region: Great Southern
      2014 Ferngrove Frankland River Chardonnay

      2014 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
      2014 Castelli Estate The Sum Pinot Noir

      2014 Castelli Estate The Sum Pinot Noir

      Castelli The Sum Pinot Noir is another example of Great Southern's extraordinary versatility and potential. This region seems capable of producing spectacular wines of almost every variety. Dark cherries are front and centre on the nose accompanie...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Great Southern
      2014 Miles from Nowhere Cowaramup  Cabernet Sauvignon

      2014 Miles from Nowhere Cowaramup Cabernet Sauvignon

      Cowaramup - what a great name for a town. The locals of Cowaramup love playing up on this too, with plastic cows all over the place. Not only is it a cool little village, this is also a great place to grow grapes, with this Cabernet coming from Fr...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Great Southern
      Ferngrove Mixed Six Pack

      Ferngrove Mixed Six Pack

      What a case Winery! What a case! Curious about what great value wines can be made in Australia's West? If so, this is a must! This contains three wines from Ferngrove's Orchid Range (Riesling, Shiraz & Cabernet), a smashing 100% Malbec Rose,...

      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 West Cape Howe Cape to Cape Cabernet Merlot

      2014 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 rating100
      Region: Great Southern
      2013 Howard Park Scotsdale Shiraz

      2013 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
      2013 Forest Hill Estate The Broker Shiraz

      2013 Forest Hill Estate The Broker Shiraz

      This carefully crafted Shiraz reflects a region of outstanding potential for this great Rhone variety. A medium bodied fleshy style, the wine displays white pepper and subtle spice on the palate enhanced by delicate toasty vanilla and perfumed Bur...

      Cracka rating0
      Region: Great Southern
      2013 Robert Oatley Signature Series Great Southern Riesling

      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 going to tell you more! There's a heap of lemons, limes and Granny Smith apples on the nose, with a w...

      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
      2013 Harewood Estate Great Southern Shiraz

      2013 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 plums rise from the galss, along with whiffs of cracked pepper, anise and chocolate. The palate is qui...

      Cracka rating70
      Region: Great Southern
      2013 Plantagenet Hazard Hill Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

      2013 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 rest, as they say is history. This smart white blend is priced modestly but the flavour is maximised....

      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 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 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