South West Australia Wine

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The South West is a zone that encompasses the best known growing regions of the Western Australia state. Since most of the state is too hot for viticulture, this is the area where conditions become more temperate due to coastal influences and most of the quality wine-making is clustered, starting just south of Perth.

The regions within South West are:

    * Pemberton
    * Margaret River
    * Blackwood River Valley
    * Geographe
    * Peel
    * Perth Hills
    * Swan District

For more information about the individual districts and varietals, please see Western Australia.

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Varietals Produced in South West Australia View all

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Verdelho

    History of the grape: Verdelho has existed on the island of Madeira in Portugal at least as far back as the 15th cent...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

Subregions of South West Australia

  • Margaret River

    Margaret River is a wine region located in Western Australia. Because the majority of that stat...

  • Blackwood Valley

  • Great Southern

    Skirting the south-west Australian coast for over 200 kilometres (125 miles) and pushing northwar...

Popular Wineries in South West Australia View all

  • Frog Choir Wines

    The winemaking philosophy at Frog Choir is simple - to achieve flavoursome wines that demonst...

  • Devil's Lair

    The winery takes it name from the nearby Devil's Lair cave, hidden amongst the hills of Margaret ...

  • Koolama Estate

    Koolama Estate, Manjimup, Western Australia. Occupying 34 hectares of undulating terrain, nestl...

  • Blackwood Valley Estate - Hillbillé

    Nestled between heavily wooded craggy hills overlooking the majestic Blackwood River in Australia...

  • Oranje Tractor Wine (Lincoln & Gomm wines)

    We believe the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and we're sure you will agree that our win...

  • Jarvis Estate

    Nestled in the heart of the world-renowned Margaret River wine region in Western Australia, is Ja...

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South West Australia on Snooth

  • Leeuwin Estate Siblings Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by knalselder


  • Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River 2010

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    AUD$36. The fruit for this wine come off vineyards in the northern end of the Margaret River region, to within 8km of the coastline so it is strongly influenced by the offshore winds. The soil composition is mostly gravel loam. Individual parcels of fruit were fermented on skinds for up to 30 days. Clear, intense purple ruby colour. An attractiv... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang


  • Vasse Felix Red Bordeaux Blend Margaret River Cabernet-Merlot 2011

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    AUD$22. A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 6% Malbec. Fruit from individual batches were crushed separately into stainless steel fermentation vessels and underwent different extraction processes. The Cabernet fruit underwent a 5-day warm maceration period to maximise tannin and colour extraction. The Merlot fruit underwent cold ma... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang


  • Vasse Felix Chardonnay Margaret River 2012

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    AUD$22. Fruit was harvested and fermented as individual parcels with wild yeasts. Pressed juice was matured in French oak barrels for 9 months. Clear pale yellow with a green tinge. Youthful aromas of white peach, apple, lemon and grapefruit, slight note of struck match and clove. It doesnt have that weighty creamy impression, so Id guess minima... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang


  • Vasse Felix White Blend Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon 2012

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    AUD$16. A blend of 67% Sauvignon Blanc and 33% Semillon. Clear, pale straw yellow colour. Youthful aromas, slightly grassy with the clear presence of gooseberry, passionfruit, green apple and Thai green mango. A medium-bodied white wine, high steely acidity, 12% alc. Ripe flavours of lemon-lime citrus, bitey apple and a sprinkle of finely choppe... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang


  • Batista Shiraz Manjimup 2002

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    A smooth lighter style Shiraz very enjoyable Read More

    Wine review by Chris Meade


  • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Margaret River Label Torn 1999

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    Notes of tomato chutney (Ketchup), ripe meaty summer berries. Read More

    Wine review by Jildaz


  • Leeuwin Estate Riesling Margaret River Art Series 2008

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    Very heavy petrol on the nose with kaffir lime leaf. Subtle spice on the palate with loads of slate minerality. Rather like a mouthful of rocks and not enough fruit for me, to balance it. Not my style.79 pts.5/18/13 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay 2008

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    No oak aromas on the nose, all fresh fruit. Nose of golden pear skin, peach and white nectarine. Full bodied and vibrant on the palate with flavors of pear, nectarine and peach. Nice pure fruit flavors. Subtle sweet spice and nuts. Nice wine. 92 pts.5/18/13 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Robert Oatley Chardonnay Mudgee 2010

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    Noticeable wood on the nose and butter/cream notes. Nice notes of apple/pear tart, fresh brioche. Smooth and creamy texture and nice flavors of buttery pastry of par and apple. Vibrant acid but kept in check. Hints of tropical fruits. Light smokiness and salinity. Really interesting mix of flavors. Nice wine!90 pts. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


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