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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Verdelho

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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

  • Alkoomi

    Alkoomi is renowned as a consistent producer of elegant, flavoursome wines of the highest standar...

  • Voyager Estate

    Voyager Estate is located in the premium wine producing region of Margaret River, Western Austral...

  • Koolama Estate

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

  • Plantagenet Wines Pty Ltd

    Plantagenet takes its name not only from its home, but also from its heritage. In 1968 in a st...

  • Arimia Margaret River Winery

    Arimia is a boutique winery located in the Margaret River Wine Region, built by the Spencer-Washb...

  • Bonking Frog Wines

    We are a small boutique winery on the banks of the Preston River in the south west corner of West...

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  • Leeuwin Estate Riesling Margaret River Art Series 2010


    This is herbal and a little stinky right out of the bottle though with time it picks up sweet grapefruit aromas with a hints of apricot and passion fruit adding complexity. A bit loosely knit on entry, this is easy drinking and transparent but lacks both depth of flavor and complexity. The finish is a bit short as well. 84pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Plantagenet Riesling Great Southern 2010


    A touch heavy on the nose with an underlay of dried herb tones and some apple blossom fruit. Spritzy on entry, this has enough acidity to keep it balanced. It does lack some height in the mouth and is rather languid on the palate, with a soft richness to the lemon cream and key lime pie flavors. The finish shows a nice edge of minerality that li... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Howard Park Shiraz Margaret River Leston 2008


    These Western Oz products are deliciously European (read: Rhone Valley) with a dollop of Australian cheek. After twisting off the screw-cap closure, and anxiously awaiting the dissipation of the oak, the nose of this wine is reminiscent of cola bottle jelly candy and cherry preserve. There is some sneeze-like pepper on entry, with silky, light t... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Flametree Frankland River Shiraz 2010


    $30 direct from winery. Fruit was from two vineyards. Rhone strains of yeast were used for fermentation, and maturation was in used and new French oak barrels. Intense ruby colour that clings to the glass. Lifted youthful aromas of freshly cracked peppercorns, savoury plum, cherry liquor and a hint of dried herbs. There is almost a sweet concent... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang

  • Vasse Felix Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia 2010


    Very pale yellow straw colour. Fermented with wild yeats and maturedfor 9 months in French oak barrels. Youthful spritzy aromas of white peach, honey melon and hint of buttered cashews. A dry, med+ bodied wine with plenty of acidity but that is partially hidden by the rounded feel on the palate. 12.5% alc. Flavours of white peach, squeeze of lem... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang

  • Voyager Estate Red Blend Margaret River Cabernet-Merlot Girt By Sea 2010


    AUD$20. Intense ruby colour, with an expressive nose of pencil shavings, blackcurrants, milk chocolate with dark berries and a faint touch of eucalypt. A dry, med+ bodied wine with moderate tannins that are slightly sappy. High level of cleansing acidity, 13.8% alc. Matured in a mix of American and French oak barrels. Flavours of blackcurrants, ... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang

  • Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Margaret River Art Series 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by EnjoyWineSg

  • Two Oceans Red Bordeaux Blend Margaret River Cabernet-Merlot 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by laog75

  • Sandalford Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Barker 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by mikechil

  • Xanadu Winery Rathbone Wine Group Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia 2009


    This Margaret River Chard was clearly barrel fermented (as stated) judging by the obvious yeast and fine oak on the nose. On entry, the acidity remains prominent, clean and full of appeal; the barrel-fermented nature of the flavor profile is pleasant and the wine is very satisfying on a Spring evening. Elegant and modern, I do not hesitate to ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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