Margaret River

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PO Box 1294, Margaret River, WA 6285
Margaret River
(08) 6323 2333
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Will Berliner
5 hectares

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James' Review

An extremely interesting new winery. Will Berliner and wife Alison Jobson spent several years in Australia searching for a place that resonated with them, and on their first visit to Margaret River were immediately smitten, drawn by its biodiversity, beaches, farms, vineyards, community and lifestyle. When they purchased their land in 2004 they hadn?t the slightest connection with wine and no intention of ever getting involved. Will explains he had organic gardens since his teen years, has kept bees for decades, and been the steward of forests he owns in the US, studying related subjects at university level.Within 12 months his perspective had entirely changed, and in ?05 he began green manuring the vineyard and applying biodynamic preparations, seeking to build microbial life in the soil. They planted the vineyard as if it were a garden, with short rows, and initially planted 0.2ha of each of cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, and 0.1ha of malbec. By 2018 the vineyard will have doubled in size, but without changing the varieties or their proportions. The packaging is truly striking and imaginative, and one is tempted to say the same thing of the prices of the wines. The unseen hand is that of the Watson family, the wines being made at Woodlands by Will under the watchful eye of Stuart Watson. Exports to the US.

Author: James Halliday

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