We have a final special release wine for 2018, our 1979 Pedro Ximenez. Made from grapes grown in the Swan Valley, this limited and rare wine has spent the last 40 years slowly ageing and maturing in a single barrel.
This full bodied rich liqueur style wine is best enjoyed after a meal. Bottled and labeled ready for sale today, the 375ml bottle is available only from the cellar door for $175. This is the only release of this variety and will not be made again.
The annual Singapore Airlines Swan Valley Wine Show was recently held in which we entered several wines. We are pleased to have received Gold medals for our 2012 bottle aged Chenin Blanc and the 2013 bottle aged Chenin Blanc. We also received silver medals for our 2016 Swan Valley Chardonnay and 2017 Verdelho.
The awards dinner was held on Friday 24th August where we were extremely proud and happy to be presented with the Alan Dinneen Memorial trophy for the 2013 Chenin Blanc.
The trophy is named in honour of Alan, a stalwart of the Swan and the trophy is awarded by the Chief Judge at the show for the wine of their choice that they believe is a standout at the show, exhibiting a style, complexity, vibrancy and quality that makes a statement and most represents the Swan Valley region.
One week later judging was held at the Perth Royal Wine Show where our 2012 Chenin Blanc received a Silver Medal and bronze for the 2013 Chenin Blanc and 2016 Petit Verdot. The 2012 Chenin will be released in early October.
It is always pleasing to receive industry acknowledgement for the hard work carried out in the vineyard and winery.
In the Swan Valley the 2018 vintage proved interesting this year, in our opinion one of the most favourable summers for a long time.
Relatively cool conditions in the Swan Valley meant even ripening for all varieties and we expect both the reds and whites to be exceptional this year.
The white wines show exceptional varietal character and shape as some of the best we have produced. We are particularly excited about the Autumn Harvest Semillon – Verdelho which looks outstanding.
Swan Malbec and Petit Verdot are also looking really good and should develop into great examples once we mature them in oak barrels.
Because the Swan was in our opinion an exceptional year we decided to pick only the top fruit from our Manjimup vineyard. Keep an eye out for the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Cab Malbec which should be outstanding..