Dormilona 2019 Margaret River Release

Josephine Perry is one of the most exciting emerging producers out of Margaret River.  Jo is low-intervention and focuses her attention on the hero varieties of this famous region. She has completed vintages throughout France, America, Spain, Australia and NZ. Dormilona is a nick-name in Spanish for “Lazy-Bones” which was consequently what the Spaniards called Jo since she struggled to stay up for the traditionally-late Spanish dinners after chasing the early morning surf. Jo managed two wineries in Galicia for 7 years + one in the Canary Islands.

The name Dormilona (Lazy-Bones) pays homage to her hands-off winemaking approach and beliefs. Jo is a self-proclaimed “Lazy-Bones” in the winery and relies heavily on her senses to steer the winemaking each vintage. All of the fruit she works with comes from organic and biodynamic vineyards. Jo’s husband ,Jim, is a viticulturalist and acts as the “scout” sniffing out the best Margaret River fruit. Jo has brought an avant-garde twist to the area’s winemaking trends, yet the final products are ever-so classically regional to the nose and palate. The fermentation process is always natural with no adjustments and minimal sulphur added at bottling.

An exciting addition to the range is the small-batch ‘Clayface’ wines, which includes a Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon that have been raised completely in terracotta amphorae. The wines are, again, regionally distinct and can age. James Suckling has tasted through the range of 2019’s and has clearly got the itch for exciting WA happenings. I recently tasted tasted the wines and was incredibly impressed by the way Jo manages to exemplify the classic elements of Margaret River without sacrificing the purity of fruit and the crunchy elements that I love in WA Chardonnay and Cab Sauv. I would recommend eating something nice and fatty with the ‘Clayface’ Chardonnay – there’s a strong acid line that needs a hunk of richness…a match made in heaven. Suckling’s reviews are below along with 15% savings on each wine. Mark my words, prices won’t stay this way for long. She’s too good. 

The ‘Clayface’ range is extremely limited and will be honoured by first in best dressed. The Chardonnay and Cabernet aren’t far behind in terms of stock so I do recommend getting orders in early to avoid disappointment. As a Margaret River buyer, I promise you won’t be disappointed; Elegant wines and wacky labels.