Wine Lists

Great Southern wines to try

By Halliday Wine Companion

20 Sep, 2018

Now that you’ve learnt all about Great Southern in our essential guide, it’s time to try some wines. Ahead, we’ve cherry-picked a few top examples from across this vast region’s distinctive areas, so that you can take your palate on tour. 

2017 Abbey Creek Vineyard Porongurup Riesling
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This is a prime example of the ability of riesling to combine ultimate delicacy with intensity. It is glorious now in its vibrant youth, but will have two more lives as adolescent (5-7yo) and adult (10-20+yo). Each will be different, each beautiful.

RRP $25 | 2032 | Abbey Creek Vineyard

2016 Castelli Estate Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon

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This takes you on a serious trip with a wine that over-delivers on its price, with cassis, redcurrant, fresh and dried herbs and spices and tannins that are remarkably juicy. French oak has proved its affinity with cabernet time and again, but puts an exclamation mark here. 

RRP $38 | 2036 | Castelli Estate

2016 Oranje Tractor Albany Sauvignon Blanc
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You don't have to use your imagination to find passionfruit at the head of the tropical fruit chain, nor breezy crisp acidity on the finish. Easy to enjoy, but don't ignore the fact that this is a well-grown, well-made sauvignon blanc of distinctive character. 

RRP $34 | 2018 | Oranje Tractor

2015 West Cape Howe Two Steps Mount Barker Shiraz
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From the pick of the crop of West Cape Howe's most mature vineyards in Mount Barker. This has class written all over it, blackberry, black cherry and pepper aromas and flavours first up, then incisive cedary tannins on the finish and aftertaste.

RRP $28 | 2035 | West Cape Howe Wines

2015 Singlefile The Vivienne Denmark Chardonnay
(Halliday Wine Companion varietal winner 2019)
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Picked across three passes through the vineyard, focusing on separate plots, this is a beautifully crafted chardonnay, irrepressible and delicious to drink, despite its undoubted ageability. Toasted hazelnuts, almond croissant and truffle notes override a creamy peachiness, underlying it all. A visceral mineral thrust pushes it long, with the oak buried beneath the sheer concentration of flavour. A seamless whole. If I tasted this blind on a good day, I may think it a fine producer's Meursault from a top site. NG.

RRP $100 | 2029 | Singlefile Wines

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