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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 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 West Cape Howe Cabernet Merlot

      2014 West Cape Howe Cabernet Merlot

      West Cape Howe won big lately. Big! At the 2016 Wine Companion Awards West Cape Howe were awarded 'Best Value Winery in Australia', with James Halliday also mentioning that they'd also come 'perilously close to receiving this award in 2015'. ...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Great Southern
      Ferngrove Mixed Six Pack

      Ferngrove Mixed Six Pack

      Following in the footsteps of luminaries like Def Leppard and Hilary Duff, today we’ve got a winery’s ‘Best of’ album. By ‘Best of’ album we actually mean mixed case of wine, with the winery in question Western Australia powerhouse producer Fer...

      Cracka rating100
      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
      2015 Plantagenet Great Southern Riesling

      2015 Plantagenet Great Southern 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
      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
      2014 West Cape Howe Tempranillo

      2014 West Cape Howe Tempranillo

      Howe do they do it? We often ask ourselves when we come across the West Cape Howe range; exciting wines at a price to please. Here’s a red with a Spanish accent from the Great Southern, and it exhibits a good dose of Latin expression making it a g...

      Cracka rating80
      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
      2013 Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Cabernets

      2013 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 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
      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
      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 Howard Park Leston Shiraz

      2012 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 wrong in our eyes. This is named after winemaker Jeff Burch’s father and what a great tribute it is. ...

      Cracka rating90
      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