Introducing Margaret River
In less than 50 years, Margaret River has transformed from a region known by few and into the powerhouse of premium Australian wines known worldwide. This extraordinary achievement is manifest in the fact that while the region accounts for only 3% of the national wine production, it produces 20% of Australia's premium wines.
The most prominently crushed varietal in the region is Cabernet Sauvignon with Shiraz and Merlot following behind. Margaret River red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon are typically elegant, medium bodied, fine in fruit character and have the potential to age superbly.
Where is Margaret River?
Margaret River is a small town south of Perth, Western Australia. The journey from the city of Perth takes approximately three hours by car and when you start to see vineyards – you’re nearly there. Nearby along the coastline are beaches and surf breaks, where on the rare occasion are migratory whale sightings from June to November.
Margaret River Climate
Growing conditions in Margaret River may have some Mediterranean-like characteristics but the closest old world comparison is Bordeaux. The region enjoys everyday warmth that's tamed by the cooling winds from the Indian and Southern Oceans.
Owing to these cooling maritime influences, Margaret River enjoys the lowest mean temperature range and the most even warmth throughout the growing season. Rainfall is also crucial to the region's success. With a Mediterranean-like annual downpour, Margaret River is twice as fortunate.
Wines to try from Margaret River
Brookland Valley shows off their interpretation of the region's signature with a 2014 Cabernet. Their Cabernet shows vibrant cherry and plum fruit that's given depth and balance by savoury notes of tobacco and bay leaf.
Byron & Harold's exciting venture in Margaret River wines has produced a distinctive 2015 Cabernet in their own distinct style. Their patient approach to fermentation pays dividends in ripe, dark berry fruit flavours, serious savouriness and the oh-so-moreish dark mint chocolate notes that will put Byron & Harold on your go-to list.
Blending Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Margaret River just makes sense. In the Bordeaux-like conditions these regional varietals are of the utmost quality. The Abbey View 2015 Cabernet Merlot blend opens in violet delights and dark plum aromas. The palate is long, featuring fragrant fruit throughout the generous drinking experience. It would be a sin to miss out on this.
Must See Margaret River Wineries
Wines made exclusively for Cellarmasters include:
- Abbey View
- The Gallows Wine Co
- Dune Ridge
- Miles from Nowhere
Other wineries include:
- Franklin Tate Estates
- Cormack & Co
- Byron & Harold
- Brookland Valley
Key Margaret River Wine Event
Langton's Margaret River Wine Show
Since its introduction in 2002, the wine show has flourished and continued to grow and expand well beyond initial expectations. It has been a great brand platform for Margaret River wines. The show takes place from the 30th of October to the 2nd of November in conjunction with the Halliday Wine Companion Australian Cabernet Challenge. The new addition of the Cabernet Challenge initiative provides an opportunity for Margaret River wine producers to engage with the greater wine community inviting participants from all over Australia.
The future of Margaret River Wine
Margaret River will continue to develop its reputation as an outstanding region for Premium wine. The region, perhaps more so than any other in Australia, is well positioned to be at the forefront of developments in viticulture. With its relatively recent history, the culture in Margaret River winemaking is one of innovation and science rather than centuries old tradition. Pioneering winemaking isn't just accepted, it's expected and that's why Margaret River will remain one of the most exciting regions for Australian wine.
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