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 Ferngrove Majestic Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Ferngrove Majestic Cabernet Sauvignon

This bonny cab sav from Ferngrove 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...

Cracka rating80
Region: Great Southern
2013 Harewood Estate Chardonnay

2013 Harewood Estate Chardonnay

Harewood are all over this Great Southern wine caper lately, releasing more wines than we can keep up with. This Chardonnay though is a highlight, full of golden nutty richness and with a lovely crisp finish. A 'best of both worlds Chardonnay' wit...

Cracka rating90
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
2012 Mystery Premium Western Australian Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Mystery Premium Western Australian 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 rating80
Region: Great Southern
2012 Killerby Chardonnay

2012 Killerby Chardonnay

The Killerby Chardonnay has a complex palate of fruit and intriguing secondary characters derived from part wild fermentation. Lime citrus, stone fruit, ginger, zesty lemon and a long pure finish. Appearance: Light straw with green tinges. ...

Cracka rating0
Region: Great Southern
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
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
2012 Howard Park Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Howard Park Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon

The Howard Park single vineyard regional concept is designed to highlight the distinctive regional and site characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz from our best vineyard sites in the two premier West Australian grape growing regions of...

Cracka rating100
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
2014 West Cape Howe Cape to Cape Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

2014 West Cape Howe Cape to Cape Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

God knows Howe they do it! Excuse the bad pun but West Cape Howe in the Great Southern region of W.A. continue to turn out quality wines that seriously over deliver. That’s why wine royalty James Halliday awarded this winery his maximum of five st...

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
2012 Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Shiraz

2012 Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Shiraz

This is an excellent, more medium-bodied shiraz that you can buy with coins on your piggie bank. Pretty smells of red and dark berries, spiced salami and anise float out of the glass, whilst the palate is juicy and smooth (thanks to a smidge of vi...

Cracka rating90
Region: Great Southern
2014 Alkoomi White Label Late Harvest

2014 Alkoomi White Label Late Harvest

Alkoomi have been putting the great in the Great Southern region since the early 70s and make some astonishingly good wines from the Frankland River sub region. This sweet style is an absolute must to finish a meal with either a chocolate mousse ...

Cracka rating70
Region: Great Southern
2013 MadFish Grandstand Great Southern Riesling

2013 MadFish Grandstand Great Southern Riesling

Underpriced. That's the best way to describe this wine, for it could be twice the dollars and still worth every cent. Such is the joy of Great Southern Riesling, which seems to perpetually overperform for the money. This Riesling is a perfect cas...

Cracka rating90
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
2013 Leaping Lizard Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Leaping Lizard Sauvignon Blanc

Say it loud, say it proud, Savvy is here to stay. There’s no doubting the appeal of this most aromatic of whites and this version slots nicely into the drinkability bracket. Wait for a sunny day, chill this to perfection then pair with a heap of s...

Cracka rating70
Region: Great Southern