Plantagenet Winery is located in Mount Barker region of Western Australia. Plantagenet is part of the Great Southern Wine district known to have a cool climate and rich soil, which produce good quality Riesling and Shiraz. The winery has been in existence since 1968 when it was purchased by Tony Smith who planted Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon at the Bouverie property and soon followed by planting Riesling at their Wyjup farm. 5 different vineyards are owned by Plantagenet around Mount Barker, giving the wine makers a variety of different grapes and climates from which to source from. Since the mid-2012, Plantagent’s wines have been over seen by wine maker Cath Oates. Prior to Oates, John Durham was the chief wine maker at Plantagenet. 4 different wine labels are produced by Plantagenet: Omrah, Plantagenet Wines, Hazzard Hill Wines, and Museum Wines. Plantagenet Winery was rated as a 5 star winery by James Halliday since 2011.
I had the chance to sample some of their wines from their core- line titled Omrah, at UnWined WA this past weekend. These Omrah range retails from $15-$20 a bottle in Bottle shops across Perth. This wine label originated upon the unwooded Chardonnay in the range and has presently expanded to include all the major wine varietals. The vines that are used to produce the Omrah wines were planted in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s are reaching maturation and will see the wines being produced in the next few years to be some of the best vintages yet. The wines were pleasant, with the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc being less acidic and still packing a flavour-filled punch that the Margaret River whites are known. Overall I would say that the Sauvignon Blanc and the Semillon Sauvignon Blanc were my favourite wines from the range. The below image contains the tasting notes from cards that they had at their Unwined WA Stall.
Plantagenet Wineries also scored well at the 2012 Qantas Wine Show winning 1 gold (2012 Riesling), 2 silver (2011 Riesling and 2011 Chardonnay) and 3 bronze medals (2011 Omrah Pinot Noir, 2010 Shiraz and 2009 Cab Sav) along with 3 trophies (Best Wine of Show – 2012 Riesling, Best White Wine of Show – 2012 Riesling, and Best 2012 Riesling – 2012 Riesling).
Their Plantagenet Winery range constitutes their premium line of wines. The Riesling reviewed tonight is from this range. The Riesling had a fresh and crisp bouquet with what seemed like possibly a hint of apple (do let me know what you think it is if you get a chance to try this wine). While from its bouquet you could tell the wine was quite young, it did not show the typical weaknesses of a young wine, instead the wine was smooth and well balanced without overdoing the acidity. This wine is definitely one you could enjoy now with a nice bit of fish as the weather warms up. The Riesling retails for $20-$25 in bottle shops, however the 2012 vintage will likely not be on shelves for a while so if you want to grab a bottle now, best advice would be to deal directly with the winery.
If you’re heading down to Mount Barker over the summer months this is definitely a winery to check out!
Until next time!