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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 96 Point Great Southern Cabernet

      2012 Mystery 96 Point Great Southern Cabernet

      Righto, let's not beat around the bush. This is good Cabernet - everyone agrees. James Halliday gave it 94 points. Ray Jordan went even better and gave it 96 points. Then a whole panel of wine judges at the 2014 Adelaide Wine Show liked it and gav...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Great Southern
      2015 Rockliffe Great Southern Pinot Noir

      2015 Rockliffe Great Southern Pinot Noir

      Colour: Deep crimson with a purple hue Nose: Earthy complex characters combined with savoury cherries and dark plum aromas Palate: The palate is dark and brooding. The savoury earthiness flows into plums and cherries. The palate has serious ...

      Cracka rating0
      Region: Great Southern
      2013 Forest HIll Vineyards Block 1 Riesling

      2013 Forest HIll Vineyards Block 1 Riesling

      This racy rizza from a single block in Mount barker is a high-wire act that is yet to reach its full potential. Dry in style, it's a tightly-coiled number that shows heightened floral and citrus smells on the nose, along with hints of beeswax and ...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Great Southern
      2015 Kerrigan and Berry Great Southern Riesling

      2015 Kerrigan and Berry Great Southern Riesling

      What's not to love about Riesling? It's the perfect Summer food wine that is generally a tad lower in alcohol, and full of lip-smacking citrusy flavours - which is what this offering from Kerrigan + Berry is. It's only 11.5% alcohol, and displays ...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Great Southern
      2015 Robert Oatley Signature Great Southern Riesling

      2015 Robert Oatley Signature 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
      2016 West Cape Howe Mount Barker Riesling

      2016 West Cape Howe Mount Barker Riesling

      It's not hard to see why everyone is a little excited by this zingy WA Riesling - it's just bursting with limey, super fresh Great Southern Riesling awesomeness in a truly classic style. Barbecued Barramundi please and serve this nicely chilled.

      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
      2016 West Cape Howe Old School Chardonnay

      2016 West Cape Howe Old School Chardonnay

      Colour: Bright with a light-medium straw colour Aroma: Lovely aromas of fresh, toasty French oak with light buttery characters (reminiscent of a freshly baked almond croissant!) Palate: Has those ‘baked pastry’ characters along with the peac...

      Cracka rating0
      Region: Great Southern
      2016 West Cape Howe Cape to Cape Tempranillo Rose

      2016 West Cape Howe Cape to Cape Tempranillo Rose

      It’s the colour that gets us every time. Like a blushing bride ready to be walked down the aisle, a chilled Rosé hints at what’s to come with pink tinged assurance. West Cape Howe know how to tease every last ounce of flavour into their wines and ...

      Cracka rating70
      Region: Great Southern
      2015 Marchand & Burch 'Villages' Great Southern Chardonnay

      2015 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
      2014 Ferngrove Limited Release Malbec

      2014 Ferngrove Limited Release Malbec

      Here's a malbec of elegance that would be great at your next family BBQ. There's a mountain of sweetly-fruited black and blue berries on the nose, with a tempting sprinkle of soft spice in the mix. The palate is more medium-bodied with rich fruit ...

      Cracka rating90
      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 th...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Great Southern
      2016 Harewood Estate Porongurup Riesling

      2016 Harewood Estate Porongurup Riesling

      The Porongurup wine region is a pretty magical place. It's a rocky outcrop located just north of Albany (in the cool depths of southern WA) that is fast becoming known as a great place to grow grapes. What makes the Porongurup region special is th...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Great Southern
      2015 Harewood Estate Reserve Chardonnay

      2015 Harewood Estate Reserve Chardonnay

      This offering from Harewood has a bit of 'old school' charm about its rich, round style. Aromas of ripe stone fruits, lemon citrus and toasty oak rise from the glass, whilst the palate is bright, lush and sumptuous, with more stone fruit and citru...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Great Southern
      2013 Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

      2013 Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

      If you don’t want to venture to the Block 5 Cab Sav, then 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...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: Great Southern
      2010 Forest Hill Vineyard Block 5 Cabernet Sauvignon

      2010 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
      2016 Forest Hill Vineyard Springvale Estate Riesling

      2016 Forest Hill Vineyard Springvale Estate Riesling

      This bonny single vineyard Riesling from Forest Hill is the wine you can drink whilst their wonderful Block 1 Riesling is in the cellar. Aromas of lemons, limes, Granny Smith apples and jasmine florals rise delicately from the glass, whilst the pa...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Great Southern
      2014 Ferngrove Orchid King Malbec

      2014 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
      2015 Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Chardonnay

      2015 Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Chardonnay

      A wine of elegance and subtle intensity, the Estate Chardonnay represents class in any company. Vibrant stone fruit, white nectarine and orange blossom flavours carry though onto the palate with subtle hints of roasted nuts. The mouth feel is fles...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: Great Southern