Australia’s most esteemed wine journalist, James Halliday, recently sent an email update to his Wine Club members regarding Margaret River.
Here is a small excerpt-
“Margaret River has the most reliable climate of all the major wine regions – indeed all – of Australia. Its latitude and the ever-present maritime influence of the Indian Ocean combine to give it high winter rainfall and a very even accumulation of heat throughout the growing season.
That accumulation of what are called Heat Degree Days is higher than that of Bordeaux (Coonawarra is closer) but not significantly so. Thus it is no surprise that the Bordeaux red varieties, headed by cabernet sauvignon and merlot, and the white varieties (sauvignon blanc and semillon) flourish in Margaret River – viewed collectively, the best in Australia.”
What a great piece of advice to consider next time you are facing a wall of wine in a bottleshop!
My general rule is that if it’s over thirty bucks, and produced in Margaret River, you can’t really go wrong.
You can join James Hallidays Wine Companion newsletter here http://winecompanion.com.au/
The Margaret River Best of the Best Wine Tour visits wineries that are Five Star rated by James Halliday, including a very special behind the scenes vineyard and winery tour at Cape Mentelle and degustation lunch in the Cape Mentelle Barrel Room.
Margaret River Discovery Tours
Sean Blocksidge is the owner operator of the Margaret River Discovery Company, an avid photographer, blogger and South West WA ambassador. In 2010 he won Western Australian Guide of the Year and his tours have been rated the #1 thing to do in Australia on the Tripadvisor website for the past two years.