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Maritime Margaret River is a beautiful mixing pot of nature, surf and wine. It’s a rare place in that it produces some of Australia’s most stylish and prized Chardonnays as well as some of our most elegant and complex Cabernets. On paper it sounds like a lovechild between Bordeaux and Burgundy, but in reality it’s not.
A few hours south of Perth, Margaret River is home to some of Australia’s greatest wineries – Cullen, Vasse Felix, Leeuwin, Moss Wood and Cape Mentelle. In terms of newcomers, we take our hats off to Nocturne, Dormilona and Flametree.
Chardonnay, semillion and sauvignon blanc lead the charge on the white grapes. Oak is favoured in the premium styles which complements a rich core of nectarines, peaches and orchard fruits. For reds, cabernet is the chosen one, and is often blended with merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot. These red blends personify elegance and ageability.
The wines of Margaret River fly the flag for modern Australian wines, a beautiful balance of fruit and workmanship.
The Margaret River wine region (some 240km south of Perth) is the most important region, alon with the Great Southern in Western Australia. Its viticultural history began in the nineteenth century on a very small scale when the grandfather of Dr Kevin Cullen, founder of Cullen Wines established vineyards at Bunbury in 1890, though the vineyard site has now been absorbed by Bunburys unban suburbs. Contemporary Margaret river viticulture began in 1967 when Perth cardiologist Tom Cullity - inspired by papers written by John Gladstones from the University of WA which suggested Margaret River was a good place to grow grapes - planted the first commercial vineyard at Vasse Felix. Moss Wood, Cape Mentelle and Cullen soon followed and since then Margaret River has grown to become regarded as one of Australia's, and the world's great wine-producing regions and today there are nearly 5,500 hectares under vine and over 120 wine producers in the region.
Though warm, Margaret River's proximity to the Indian Ocean provides a moderating effect ensuring a temperate dry climate which is often likened to Bordeaux, in part due to the moderating influence of its proximity to the ocean and also due to the marked similarities between the average growing tempreture in Margaret River and Bordeaux in a dry vintage. These warm even growing conditions allow for the cultivation of a number of diverse grape varieties, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc (often blended together) does well here, producing fresh textural white wines best condumed in their youth. However, the real heroes are the world class Chardonnays (headed by Leeuwin Estate and Cullen) and Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet blends, Cullen and Moss Wood, that have done much to propel both the region and it's star performers on the world stage. Vasse Felix, Voyager Estate, Cullen, Moss Wood, Lenton Brae, Pierro, Fraser Gallop and Woodlands are just some of the benchmark producers.
The Wine Atlas of Australia, James Halliday
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Friends & Family Drinking Dozen - Spring 2021
Prince Wine Store has been running for nearly 20 years now and in that time we have been importing wines directly from France, Italy, Spain and abroad. We go to great lengths to pick only the best of what we see (which is a lot) and bring it to you.
We have forged strong relationships with the producers we import into Australia and consider them friends and confidants in the world of wine.
Closer to home we have forged similar relationships with many of Australia’s greatest producers as well as many of the countries rising stars and young guns of wines. It’s a pretty exciting time for all of us lucky enough to be involved and we wanted to share that with you.
Every quarter this will be updated as we see great new wines, new vintages and the latest and greatest to hit our shores or slide their way across the table. At 15%-20% off or more, this offers exceptional value and delicious drinking.
Don’t forget to check back often to see what the latest version of the Friends and Family Drinking Dozen has in store for you.
SC Pannell - Stephen Pannell
Wheeler Wines - Dale Wheeler
De Bortoli - Steve Webber
Little Reddie - Pat
Sutton Grange - Mel Chester
Red Claw - Tom Carson
Domaine Pajot - Gascgone
Rizzi - Babaresco
Perillia - Campania
Domaine Font du Courtedune - Southern Rhone
Roche de Bellene Bellenos - Burgundy
Ch. Coupe Roses - Minervois$265.00 Regular Price $368.00