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Plantagenet Great Southern Riesling 2012

White Wine from Australia - Western Australia
Plantagenet is owned by an Englishman, Tony Smith, who emigrated to Australia, encouraged by the Australian government’s offer to ship him and many others out, for the princely sum of £10. This £10 Pom has made a great success of his new life in Australia and makes some of the finest wines in Western Australia where the Great Southern region is fast becoming a leading area for top quality riesling. Plantagenet make one its finest expressions. Only premium free-run juice is used for this wine with fermentation taking place in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures to retain all of the fresh lively characters.
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Code: AU16181

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Dry
  • Riesling
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Screwcap

Western Australia

The isolated state of Western Australia is known for its spectacular scenery, golden-sand beaches and giant Karri tree forests. A relatively cool (in Australian terms) Mediterranean climate of warm, breezy summer days and cool nights dominates the wine-producing areas. The resulting wines tend to combine fruit ripeness with freshness – an unusual combination in Australia – which makes the wines particularly appealing.

The Margaret River area was the first to suggest Western Australia’s potential for making premium wines. Elegant, ageworthy cabernet sauvignon originally put the spotlight on Margaret River and is still its trump card. Chardonnay shines here, too, as do the vibrantly fruity, zesty semillon/sauvignon blanc blends.

Further south and west you find the Great Southern sub-region, 400 kilometres from Perth. The vineyards of the Great Southern region provide 37% of all the grapes produced in Western Australia. The five sub-regions – Albany, Denmark, Frankland River,...
The isolated state of Western Australia is known for its spectacular scenery, golden-sand beaches and giant Karri tree forests. A relatively cool (in Australian terms) Mediterranean climate of warm, breezy summer days and cool nights dominates the wine-producing areas. The resulting wines tend to combine fruit ripeness with freshness – an unusual combination in Australia – which makes the wines particularly appealing.

The Margaret River area was the first to suggest Western Australia’s potential for making premium wines. Elegant, ageworthy cabernet sauvignon originally put the spotlight on Margaret River and is still its trump card. Chardonnay shines here, too, as do the vibrantly fruity, zesty semillon/sauvignon blanc blends.

Further south and west you find the Great Southern sub-region, 400 kilometres from Perth. The vineyards of the Great Southern region provide 37% of all the grapes produced in Western Australia. The five sub-regions – Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and the Porongorups – all have vastly different climatic conditions, but generally Great Southern is the coolest of all of Western Australia. The long growing season, relatively low rainfall, poor soils and low yields result in high-quality wines with excellent fruit intensity. The best wines of the region are riesling (dry, almost austere, with superb definition and purity) and shiraz, though sauvignon blanc is now attracting attention too.

Further north, and closer to Perth, the Swan Valley was the first area of Western Australia to be commercially planted and despite some fierce summer temperatures can make crisp, fresh whites and full-bodied reds.
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Plantagenet

Plantagenet is a leading winery in the Great Southern region of Western Australia and one of the area’s oldest, located in Mount Barker, an area known its temperate climate thanks to its proximity to the coast. The relatively cool conditions here help to ensure slow, even grape ripening which is essential for the fresh, juicy and clean style of wines produced by winemaker is John Durham who joined from Cape Mentelle in 2007.

The winery is owned by English migrant Tony Smith who headed Down Under encouraged by the Australian government’s offer to ship him and many others out in return for the princely sum of £10. In 1968, a stroke of serendipity led Tony to buy a farm, where he began planting vines. The original grape varieties he judiciously chose were shiraz, cabernet and Riesling and even the very first wines produced were tight and lean and showed the remarkable elegance for which Western Australia would later become known.

Plantagenent now has some 126 hectares of vineyards across five vineyards in and around Mount Barker. These lie on the region’s distinctive Marri soils named after the enormous Marri or Red Gum trees that grow here. These gravely soils benefit from good drainage over various bases which include clay, sandstone and ironstone rock.

The range includes attractive and smoky pinots, distinctively rich cabernet sauvignons, dark, peppery shiraz and crystal-clear, mineral, limey rieslings. The second label, Omrah, offers, we believe, particularly great value...
Plantagenet is a leading winery in the Great Southern region of Western Australia and one of the area’s oldest, located in Mount Barker, an area known its temperate climate thanks to its proximity to the coast. The relatively cool conditions here help to ensure slow, even grape ripening which is essential for the fresh, juicy and clean style of wines produced by winemaker is John Durham who joined from Cape Mentelle in 2007.

The winery is owned by English migrant Tony Smith who headed Down Under encouraged by the Australian government’s offer to ship him and many others out in return for the princely sum of £10. In 1968, a stroke of serendipity led Tony to buy a farm, where he began planting vines. The original grape varieties he judiciously chose were shiraz, cabernet and Riesling and even the very first wines produced were tight and lean and showed the remarkable elegance for which Western Australia would later become known.

Plantagenent now has some 126 hectares of vineyards across five vineyards in and around Mount Barker. These lie on the region’s distinctive Marri soils named after the enormous Marri or Red Gum trees that grow here. These gravely soils benefit from good drainage over various bases which include clay, sandstone and ironstone rock.

The range includes attractive and smoky pinots, distinctively rich cabernet sauvignons, dark, peppery shiraz and crystal-clear, mineral, limey rieslings. The second label, Omrah, offers, we believe, particularly great value for money for members seeking the perfumed style of Western Australia at a non-premium price-tag. The Hazard Hill range, which includes fruit sourced from other select growers, is a good everyday source of unoaked whites including the semillon-sauvignon blanc which is bursting with crunchy fruit flavours.

Remarkable consistency has been maintained here alongside the exponential growth of the company. With the added expertise of winemaker who is still relatively new to the fold, Plantagenet’s future looks set to be an assured and confident one.
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Australia Vintage 2012

A good vintage across the country except for New South Wales where it was wet, cold and disappointing. Some earlier harvested Semillon is very good though. South Australia performed very well after drought conditions and high winds gave some trouble, with riesling and cabernet performing well in the circumstances. Victoria had a mild year and some excellent wines were made, particularly by conscientious growers who dealt with mid-season rain. Western Australia continued down its merry road of very fine vintages despite very dry weather causing some drought issues.

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