Margaret River is one of the world's most geographically isolated wine regions. The region is home to some of Australia's most prestigious wineries and is know for growing award-winning sauvignon blanc, semillon, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon.
The six wines below come from Clairault Streicker, Cullen Wines, Fraser Gallop Estate, Howard Park, Voyager Estate, and Victory Point Wines. Each showcase the region's unique Mediterranean maritime climate, and champions the varietals Margaret River is rightly celebrated for.
Viticulturist Chris Gillmore says: Clairault Streicker wines are authentic and classically styled and are crafted from sustainably farmed fruit. Our Clairault wines are made with selected parcels of fruit from our four Margaret River vineyards, showing strong regional characteristics. The wines within our Streicker range are crafted from a single vineyard block, embracing the growing conditions, personalities and varietal characteristics of the chosen site.
Best enjoyed: The 2019 drinks wonderfully with roast chicken, grilled veal chops, and is sublime with crusty bread and duck liver parfait.
RRP $50 | Drink now or to 2030 | clairaultstreickerwines.com.au
Winemaker Vanya Cullen says: Nature shines through so beautifully and powerfully in our wines; it’s present everywhere in abundance. The breathtaking beauty of the Indian Ocean, lush forests and the Mediterranean maritime climate. So wild and free.
Best enjoyed: Pair the 2020 Diana Madeline with Margaret River wagu beef or Arkady lamb.
RRP $150 | Drink now or to 2070 | cullenwines.com.au
Winemaker Clive Otto says: Our wines are a true expression of the here and now, altering only due to the vagaries of working with nature. They embody the region – made from our own grapes grown on the property, wild-fermented and made gently with a hands-off, minimal intervention approach in our estate winery. Our goal is to capture and express the best of the estate and nuances of the property as a whole.
Best enjoyed: The 2019 matches perfectly with a roast leg of lamb.
RRP $60 | Drink to 2037 | frasergallopestate.com.au
Cellar door manager Charlotte Dowden says: We’re fortunate to have vineyards in Margaret River and the Great Southern. The fruit for the Jeté comes off our own SWA Certified Mt Barker and Porongorup vineyards where the cool climate is perfectly suited to growing fruit with a fine acidity and depth of flavour. The region is known for cabernet and chardonnay, and I believe you can taste the craftsmanship and passion in our expressions of these varieties, and they really do leave the drinker with a strong sense of place and provenance.
Best enjoyed: Pair with pan-seared scallops with lemon, or Asian spiced crab cakes.
RRP $42 | Drink now | howardparkwines.com.au
Owner Judith Berson says: Margaret River is a special place to make wine. It is the most isolated wine region in the world and in just over 50 years has skyrocketed to the top of premium cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay production. The pristine environment has been looked after by the Wadandi people for over 50,000 years. There is an incredible sense of community, with many tastings and events throughout the year to share knowledge.
Best enjoyed: Pair with slow-braised beef or venison, grilled portobello mushrooms and a side of gratin dauphinois.
RRP $55 | Drink to 2035 | victorypointwines.com
Chief winemaker Tim Shand says: There's no better place to make wine. I love chardonnay and cabernet for starters! I love the vivid sunsets over vineyards nestled within Karri Forest, the red gravel dirt and the wild coast. The abundance of produce from sea and land. It feels like god’s own winemaking country.
Best enjoyed: Try the 2021 with pan-seared fish, scallops and a creamy citrus sauce.
RRP $60 | Drink to 2031 | voyagerestate.com.au