The Hamelin Bay vineyard was established by the Drake-Brockman family, pioneers of the region. Richard Drake-Brockman’s great-grandmother, Grace Bussell, was famous for her courage when, in 1876, aged 16, she rescued survivors of a shipwreck not far from the mouth of the Margaret River. Richard’s great-grandfather Frederick, known for his exploration of the Kimberley, read about the feat in Perth’s press and rode 300km on horseback to meet her – they married in 1882. Hamelin Bay’s vineyard and winery is located within a few kilometres of Karridale, at the intersection of the Brockman and Bussell Highways, which were named in honour of these pioneering families. Exports to the UK, Canada, Malaysia and Singapore. -JAMES HALLIDAY
Hamelin Bay Wines is family owned by Richard and Roslyn Drake-Brockman. Both are from pioneering families with Richard's ancestors (via Great Grandmother Grace Bussell) original settlers of the Margaret River region in 1831. The vineyard "Five Ashes" is named after Roslyn's family and the winery bears the wyvern logo of Richard's family crest.
The winery is known for the zesty citrus and minerality of its Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, tightly structured and elegant Chardonnay, spicy Shiraz and refined Cabernet Sauvignon. Three limited release reserve wines - Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon and also a Brut Sparkling are available for tasting. Since first vintage in 1996, Hamelin Bay has been awarded more than 10 major wine show trophies and numerous gold, silver and bronze medals.