Flashcards in Western Australia Deck (23)
What bodies of water surround Margaret River GI?
Indian Ocean, Southern Ocean, Geographe Bay
What styles of wine is Margaret River known for?
Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends
What are the zones of Western Australia?
South West Australia
Central Western Australia
West Australian South East Coastal
Eastern Plains, Inland & North of Western Australia
Which zones are important in Western Australia?
South West Australia, Greater Perth
What are the regions of Greater Perth?
What subregions exist within Greater Perth?
Swan Valley, subregion of Swan District
What are the regions of South West Australia?
Which region of South West Australia has subregions, and what are they?
- Frankland River
- Mount Barker
What are some major producers in Swan District?
Houghton Wines, Sandalford, John Kosovich Wines
What shift has taken place in Western Australia? Why?
Production was concentrated in Greater Perth, but since the 80s has shifted south to Margaret River, Great Southern and Geographe.
Swan Valley is too hot, Perth's suburbs are encroaching on vineyards.
What was the first commercially released wine of Western Australia?
It was a Riesling from Margaret River, released by Vasse Felix
Who was the forefather of the Margaret River wine industry?
Dr. John Gladstones, he told everyone Margaret River was suitable for grape-growing in 1965.
What did Dr. Gladstones propose in 1999?
Six unofficial subzones of Margaret River:
What is "Gladstones' Line?"
Longitude of 115*80' E that marks the eastern border of Margaret River
Who were the "first five" producers in Margaret River?
Vasse Felix, Cullen, Moss Wood (Wilyabrup)
Leeuwin Estate, Cape Mentelle (Wallcliffe)
What's the climate of Margaret River?
Mediterranean, with Maritime Influence
What is the "Golden Triangle?"
Three excellent Chardonnay producers in Wallcliffe:
- Cape Mentelle
- Leeuwin Estate
- Voyager Estate
Where is winemaking concentrated in Western Australia?
South West Australia has 85% of the vines, and the majority of those are in Margaret River & Great Southern
What are the main differences between subregions of Great Southern?
Albany and Denmark are coastal, less diurnal shift and cooler climate. Frankland River, Porongurup and Mount Barker are inland and have more continental climate, better for winemaking.
What is the center of production for Great Southern?
Mount Barker GI
What are the main grapes of inland vs. coastal subregions of Great Southern?
Coastal - Chardonnay & Pinot Noir
Inland - Riesling & Shiraz
What is Western Australia's third-largest appellation?