Australia’s biggest state is home to some of the country’s most popular wines. As you’d expect, being such an expansive land mass, the diversity of regions is huge. At Wine Selectors we source wines from all of Western Australia’s major wine producing regions and Tasting Panel member Trent Mannell is always blown away by the quality he unearths.
Here’s what Trent had to say about his most recent trip to WA:
“My travels started down in the Great Southern which covers a huge area of land, 200km by 100km. I managed to cover all of Great Southern’s sub-regions including Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup. The wine styles I was most taken with in Great Southern were Cabernet Tempranillo, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Shiraz and Riesling.
Travelling north-west I stopped at Manjimup which is the Noongar Aboriginal word for edible reed (manjin) and meeting place (up). This small region lived up to its reputation for beautiful rolling farmland and I was particularly impressed with the Verdelho on offer.
Heading even further west, I stopped in Pemberton, a fairly new region that’s encircled by karri forests. This is a cool climate region so naturally I was delighted with the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay I found.
Up the coast I was seduced by the surf at the state’s most famous wine region, Margaret River. Dragging myself away from the scenery I made my way around the wineries, taking particular pleasure in the region’s renowned blend of Semillon Sauvignon Blanc as well as the Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Merlot.
There’s always something new and unique on offer in Western Australia and it’s always exciting to get the opportunity to travel there. You can read more about my trip and the wines I discovered in the ‘Best from the West’ selection in the Wine Selectors June Catalogue.