Mount Barker Co-operative Ltd's Grapes and Gallops - where wine meets equine!
If you're visiting the Mount Barker area in January, mark you calendar for Grapes and Gallops - a celebration of the region's premium wine, gourmet food, combined with fashion and horse racing.
It is the biggest annual event on the Mount Barker Turf Club's calendar attracting punters from around the Great Southern and Perth. It features a 9 race program and the Great Southern's richest race, the $90,000 Mungrup Stud Sprint over 1000 metres.
Racegoers will be able to sample wines from nine Mount Barker producers including West Cape Howe and will be a perfect accompaniment to a gala three course luncheon sponsored by the Shire of Plantagenet.
Sunday, 19 January 2014
12.00 noon until 8.00pm
Frost Park, McDonald Avenue, Mount Barker
Entry is $20.00 Adults, $10.00 Concession, Children under 18 are Free
Bookings and enquiries : Ph 0481 112 559 or email email@example.com
Bookings for luncheon, table and chairs are being taken.
Buses available, phone for details (08) 9846 4757
Fashions on the field with prizes for best dressed
A range of regional produce for sale
Entertainment for children
West Cape Howe Dinner at Amani Wine Bar, Leederville
Delight your senses and join us at this fresh, intimate and inviting Bar in Oxford Street for a Dinner matched with six of our award-winning wines, including those in James Halliday's list of Top 100 Wines for 2013:
2013 West Cape Howe Riesling - Mount Barker, 95 points
2013 West Cape Howe Sauvignon Blanc - Mount Barker, 94 Points
2011 West Cape Howe Cabernet Merlot, 94 Points
2011 West Cape Howe 'Two Steps' Shiraz - Mount Barker/Frankland, 97 Points
John Waldron, Sales Manager of West Cape Howe Wines will host this evening and speak about our fantastic wines.
VENUE: Amani Wine Bar
ADDRESS: Shop 1, 162 Oxford Street, Leederville WA 6007
DATE: Tuesday 17 December, 2013
COST: $100 pp for 6 course Dinner and Wine
BOOKINGS: Phone Jacquie, Sam or Anthony on 9444 7761
or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WEST CAPE HOWE SCOOPS JAMES HALLIDAY'S TOP 100!
The James Halliday Top 100 Wines list came out over the weekend, and West Cape Howe received some very good results, in fact we are over the moon!
West Cape Howe are the only WA producer with four wines included, (our top scorer being the ‘Two Steps’ Shiraz 2011 with 97 Points) and one of only two Australian producers to have four wines listed.
2011 West Cape Howe 'Two Steps' Shiraz - Mt Barker/Frankland : 97 Points
'The complex bouquet and palate have a sinuous interplay of spice, pepper, French oak, ripe tannins and - above all else - juicy black fruits, with a slightly savoury farewell to add the final touch."
2013 West Cape Howe Riesling - Mt Barker : 95 Points
'...tightly wound and zesty, with a pure play of lime and unsweetened lemon juice girdled by crisp, crunchy acidity."
2013 West Cape Howe Sauvignon Blanc - Mt Barker : 94 Points
'...a near perfect example of the huge gulf between the high-tones Marlborough sauvignon blanc style and the more elegant, tightly focused Western Australia expression; here citrus, gooseberry, herb and mineral drive an intense and long palate...'
2011 West Cape Howe Cabernet Merlot - Great Southern : 93 Points
'...12 months maturation in used French oak has resulted in the best possible outcome for this juicy, supple, joyously red berry-fruited wine; terrific value for drinking...'
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'Raising Riesling' - Great Southern Riesling Tasting - 1st December, 2013
1 December, 2013, 4-7pm
Royal Perth Yacht Club, Perth, Undercroft area
Ticket Price: $45
Bookings: www.greatsouthernwines.asn.au or www.trybooking.com/DUOE
Taste the very best coming out of Western Australia's Great Southern Wine region - Riesling and Rock Oysters. Recognising an increasing demand for the world class Riesling being produced, 'Raising Riesling' follows on from the successful 2012 event, attracting hundreds of guests.
West Cape Howe is very proud to be one of the Great Southern Producers included in this annual Tasting.
Freshly shucked Albany oysters and light finger food will be available, perfectly matching the cool-climate crisp and dry Rieslings on offer in Plumm glassware.
The event will entertain consumers on the banks of the Swan River in the most picturesque of locations, enjoying wines and foods quintessential to the season.
Please join us for a fabulous day!
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SOLD OUT! West Cape Howe Tasting and Vietnamese Banquet
Gavin meets Buddha
We are excited to invite you to our
TASTING AND VIETNAMESE BANQUET
at Mai's Vietnamese Restaurant, East Perth WA
We have partnered with Michael Kerrigan of HAY SHED HILL and Gill Graham of MOUNT TRIO VINEYARD to bring you a tasting experience of the best wines of the Great Southern and Margaret River, including:
West Cape Howe Single Vineyard Series
Kerrigan + Berry
Hay Shed Hill Block Series
DATE : Sunday 10th November 2013
VENUE : Mai's Vietnamese Restaurant
ADDRESS : 71 Bennett Street, East Perth, WA 6004
TASTING : Be early - starts at 11.30am sharp
BANQUET LUNCH : 1.00pm - 2.30pm
This special event includes:
FREE POP-UP CELLAR DOOR TASTING of over 30 wines
WINE SALE - not to be missed!
VIETNAMESE BANQUET LUNCH - $55.00 per person inclusive of wine
This will be a sumptuous meal carefully matched with West Cape Howe Wines
including our Double Trophy winning 2013 Riesling! (Perth Royal Wine Show 2013)
Click here to book for the Banquet Lunch with Tasting
$55.00 per person, payment by credit card
Click here to register for the FREE Tasting ONLY
West Cape Howe Sponsors A Dinner with Luke Nguyen
West Cape Howe Wines proudly sponsored a celebratory Dinner with Luke Nguyen at the Parmelia Hilton Hotel in Perth on Friday 11th October.
Luke, a Vietnamese Australian chef, best known for his TV series, launched his new book, 'The Food of Vietnam'. This special night included a three course dinner with a menu selected by Luke to match the beautiful West Cape Howe wines, an author talk, book sales and signings.
GOLD MEDAL AND DOUBLE TROPHY WIN!
We are thrilled that the 2013 MOUNT BARKER RIESLING has been awarded a Double Trophy and Gold Medal at the Perth Royal Wine Show 2013:
* Best 2013 Vintage Dry White Table Wine
*The Fremantle Wine and Food Club Trophy for Best Riesling
Gavin Berry, Winemaker and Managing Director said, "I'm really proud of the recognition the West Cape Howe Riesling has achieved especially in recent years. The fruit has all come from a tiny little site on a very good vineyard that has given us quite special results over the last three vintages; testament not only to the commitment of the winemakers to craft outstanding wine, but to the expertise of the viticultural team as well."
ORDER YOURS TODAY!
Great Southern Winemakers Dinner
GREAT SOUTHERN WINEMAKERS DINNER
Saturday 17th August at the Hyatt Regency in Perth. Join host, Ray Jordan and 10 Great Southern producers for a feast of fabulous food and fine wine. Tickets $120. Bookings are limited Ph: 08 9225 1204.
Bring your friends and enjoy this fantastic evening!
We ran a phone competition last week for our new Members to our Wine Lovers Club, with those who purchased wine from our offer going straight into a draw to win two tickets to the AFL Derby - West Coast Eagles vs Fremantle Dockers, this Sunday 14/7/13.
The lucky Winner is West Coast Eagle supporter,
CAROLYN LEESON, from Moora
West Cape Howe is proud Wine Sponsor of the West Coast Eagles
95 POINTS James Halliday!
We are delighted that our 2012 West Cape Howe 'Two Peeps' Sauvignon Blanc Semillon has been chosen by James Halliday and included in his 'Wow Factor Whites' supplement to the Wine Companion Magazine, out today, 5/7/13.
James awarded 95 POINTS a fantastic score for this excellent wine produced with fruit from the Two Peoples Bay area east of Albany.
James wrote, 'Partial barrel fermentation and lees contact has given the wine an excellent spicy/creamy texture that marries with the supple lemony/stone fruit flavours.'
Stock of our 2012 is quite low and we'll be moving onto the 2013 very soon!
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We're very proud and excited to announce that from over 170 wines in the price bracket, Ray Jordan has awarded the 2011 West Cape Howe Cape to Cape Cabernet Merlot as is BEST-VALUE WINE in his list of TOP 100 AUSTRALIAN WINES today.
Ray says, 'You simply won't find many better cab merlot blends than this under $20, full stop. Rich and dark fruit presented with a precise and focused elegance and poise. This is what this style is all about. Has the richness and depth with admirable intensity yet it all happens so effortlessly. A cracking wine." 94/100
See pdf for article by Ray Jordan
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Mount Barker Wine Dinner at MUST
Celebrate Mount Barker's finest wines in one of Perth's finest venues.
Enjoy a long table winter feast prepared by Must Chef Russell Blaikie and wines expertly selected by local wine writer and judge, Peter Forrestal. Verity James will host the evening and introduce you to the region's top winemakers.
Browse the Must Underground pop-up wine shop during the evening and take some Mount Barker wines home with you.
Venue: Must Winebar - 519 Beaufort St, Highgate
Date: Monday 1st July 2013
Cost: $160 per person
Bookings Essential: email@example.com or (08) 9328 8255
Proudly supported by The Sunday Times and Perth Now
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Next EMERGE coming up!
Here's your last chance for the season to take in the cruisy music and laid-back afternoons at the winery featuring emerging local talent. Our fantastic award-winning wines and tasty food are available for sale or bring your own picnic food, a rug or chairs and settle in for a great time!
* No BYO alcohol * FREE entry * Art Exhibition * Family friendly *
Sunday 31 March from 2 - 6pm
West Cape Howe winery
14923 Muir Highway, Mount Barker
The casual vintage crew have started over the last couple of weeks and they've hit the ground running, getting straight into the hard work and long hours that vintage brings.
With most of our premium whites in at least two weeks ahead of schedule, the fermentations have begun. From the viewing window in cellar door you can spot our small batches of Chardonnay in barrel bubbling away; the starting point of our 'Styx Gully' and 'Old School' blends. Our Riesling from the award-winning Langton Vineyard is in as well as a few choice parcels from in and around Mount Barker. Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc is nearly done and Chardonnay will be soon to follow. With juices displaying lovely varietal character and well balanced natural acidity, keep an eye out for some smart wines out of the 2013 vintage!
March Long weekend - 'The Graze'!
|Each year this is always a fantastic opportunity to try all the local premium wines and regional food of the Mount Barker area. Please go to www.grazemtbarker.com for all times, costs and finer details. This is part of the Taste Great Southern Festival and is a must do!|
Everyone had a fantastic time at Emerge 2!
Watch out for details on Emerge 3 coming soon on 31 March 2013.
From 2 - 6pm
Featuring emerging Music acts, Art exhibition.
Drinks and food available, or bring your own picnic. No BYO alcohol.
Family friendly atmosphere.
Ralph Kyte-Powell says our 2012 Chardonnay is '...ideal for warm-weather enjoyment...'
This refreshing chardonnay is ideal for drinking now. Make life easy and stock up for delicious drinking over the next few months!
Buy Now Freight is Free!
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Taste our Wines at the Grapes and Gallops Festival
More than 2000 people are expected to enjoy fine wine, fashion and racing at the Mount Barker Grapes and Gallops Festival 2013.
You will be able to sample wines from nine Mt Barker producers including West Cape Howe, and we'd love to see you there!
Come along dressed in your best with a gorgeous hat, and enjoy our award-winning wine, gourmet food and an action-packed race day!
GRAPES AND GALLOPS FESTIVAL
January 20th, 2013
FROST PARK, MOUNT BARKER
12 noon - 8.00pm
$20 Adults $10 Concession
A Family Event
Best Cabernet Blend!
Jeni Port, esteemed writer for Epicure, 'The Age' newspaper recently named the 2011 West Cape Howe Cape to Cape Cabernet Merlot as her 'BEST CABERNET BLEND' for 2012!
Jeni said "...my top blend was the utterly delicious West Cape Howe 2011 cabernet merlot, with heaps of black and red fruits, a pinch of pepper and a touch of vanilla, all in a dashing medium-bodied style."
We totally agree and urge you to try this delicious and flavoursome wine for yourself! At $17.00 a bottle it's outstanding value for money.
Click here to purchase
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EMERGE music and art at West Cape Howe Wines
If you're down south for the holidays or coming to the Mount Barker Grapes and Gallops Festival on 20/1/13, put Saturday 19th January at West Cape Howe in your diary!
This is the first of our EMERGE summer series of music, wine and art afternoons for your entertainment and delight.
We'll have live music featuring local emerging artists, Peaceful Romantics, Isabelle Carson & Carla Geneve, the Outback Gypsies, Terry Mackintosh & Tuaari Kuiti.
Time: 2.00 - 6.00pm. Bring a picnic rug & food and settle in for an afternoon of sublime sounds, GREAT wine and family-friendly atmosphere. Drinks and food available for purchase. No BYO alcohol.
There'll be a display of local artists' sculptures in the grounds with a 'horsey theme'.
EMERGE 2 on 16th February
EMERGE 3 on 31 March
Hurry! Last few days for pre-Christmas wine delivery
To start your festivities why not kick off with our NV Chardonnay Pinot Noir Sparkling, an elegant wine with a delicate creamy texture and a crisp, dry finish, partnering so well with our Aussie style seafood festive meals.
And to round off your dinner, who would go past the West Cape Howe Muscat, with rich and round flavours of brandy snaps and fruitcake; it has a creamy smooth texture and a lovely warm finish.
West Cape Howe at 'Gourmet Escape' Margaret River!
If you're in Margaret River this weekend, don't miss the 'Gourmet Escape'.
Look for West Cape Howe and taste our award-winning, elegant and crisp cool-climate whites and our rich and fruity reds. They are delicious!
Enter our competition to win yourself a Magnum of Trophy-winning West Cape Howe Riesling!
SPANISH PAELLA NIGHT AT BADA BING!
Bada Bing present a Spanish Paella Night featuring award-winning premium West Cape Howe wines. Take this opportunity to listen to widely respected West Cape Howe Winemaker, Gavin Berry who will be Guest Speaker.
Gavin has been making world-class wine for over 18 years in the Great Southern region of WA and is passionate in his contribution to the quality reputation of the cool-climate region.
DON'T MISS OUT, there are a few seats left for this fun and informative occasion!
WHEN: Tuesday 27 November at 7.00pm
WHERE: Bada Bing Cafe, 84 Rosewood Avenue, Woodlands
COST: $80 pp
RSVP: By 22 November, on Ph 9446 8880 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for a great afternoon of Riesling celebrations, partnered with delicious Albany rock oysters!
The Great Southern Wine Producers Association is sponsoring this fantastic event where West Cape Howe Wines and other Great Southern producers will be showing their premium Rieslings for tasting.
Don't miss this great opportunity to experience Riesling at its best!
VIC Launch of 'Two Peeps' and 'Hannah's Hill' wines
Marcus and Gavin
Gavin took to the road last week to launch our two new-release Regional wines - 2012 'Two Peeps' Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and '2011 Hannah's Hill' Cabernet Merlot.
He caught up with Marcus, owner of The Wine Store in St Kilda Road, Melbourne. You can tell by their smiling faces that these wines are winners!
Launching TWO NEW WINES in our REGIONAL RANGE
New Regional Wines
At West Cape Howe we are very excited to announce our first release of 2012 'Two Peeps' Sauvignon Blanc Semillon from Albany and 2011 'Hannah's Hill' Cabernet Merlot from Frankland. Gavin Berry says, "We have seen these fruit parcels for many years and admired them for their individual statements."
'Two Peeps' Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Is named after the beautiful Two People's Bay in Albany and is sourced from the cool climate fruit of our coastal vineyards. Click here for detailed tasting notes.
'Hannah's Hill' Cabernet Merlot
Named after a tireless worker instrumental in developing this vineyard many years ago. Frankland is a unique region, a little warmer than Mount Barker and perfect for growing reds, and what better than the Western Australian hero blend Cabernet Merlot! Click here for detailed tasting notes.
Be one of the first to try these much anticipated releases.
Click here to order today!
Family Day at the Winery!
If you're travelling around the Mount Barker area in the school holidays, join us at our 'West Cape Howe Family Day'. There'll be lots of fun to be had by all!
Date: Sunday 7th October
Time: 10am - 5pm
Place: Winery Front lawn
- Wood-fired pizzas 11.00am - 3.00pm
- Bouncy Castle for the kids
- Try our newly released regional wines - 2012 'Two Peeps' Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and 2012 'Hannah's Hill' Cabernet Merlot
Sound delicious? Bring the kids along and enjoy this day with us.
Trophy Win for 2012 Riesling!
Winemaker, Gavin Berry said, 'I'm really proud of the recognition the West Cape Riesling has achieved especially in recent years. The fruit has all come from a tiny little site on a very good vineyard that has given us quite special results over the last three vintages; testament not only to the commitment of the winermakers to craft outstanding wine but the expertise of the viticulture team as well."
The 'Block 6' Riesling on the Langton Vineyard, Mount Barker has now produced three trophies for West Cape Howe - this year's 2012 Trophy, 2011 West Cape Howe Riesling won the Trophy for Best Current Riesling in Australia at the Canberra International Riesling Challenge and the 2010 Kerrigan + Berry Riesling won Best Riesling Trophy at the Qantas Wine Show in 2010.
A fantastic pedigree!'
New West Cape Howe Reviews from James Halliday!
We are very pleased and proud to share James Halliday's latest reviews with you.
Please click on the pdf to read the full details of each of our wine's reviews.
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Ray Jordan gives West Cape Howe trio his 'Seal of Approval'
2010 WCH Tempranillo "Excellent" Ray Jordan
2010 West Cape Howe Tempranillo Ray Jordan highlighted this wine in his Top 100 Australian Reds in The West Australian on 5th July 2012. Ray said, "...clearly one of the best temps released in this State. Shows the supple fleshiness of the variety when in Australian hands while losing none of those varietal dry savoury earthy tones...Excellent."
Also included was the 2010 Mount Trio Cabernet Merlot, made by West Cape Howe. Ray wrote, "Balanced and precise on the palate with a generosity of flavour. All-round well-made wine for this price."
The third wine chosen in Ray's Top 100 is the 2010 West Cape Howe 'Two Steps' Shiraz. He wrote, "This is as good as any wine these guys have released. Such elegance and poise coupled with so much intensity and fruit concentration all presented with a smooth, seamless and almost velvety palate feel. Fine tannins and fine-grained oak pull the whole thing together. A beauty."
We're very proud of these great accolades for our wines. You'll find them listed under 'Our Wines' section and available for purchase now. Be guided by the experts!
Mount Trio wine enquiries Phone (08) 98531136 www.mounttriowines.com.au
Gavin 'Talks the Talk'
Gavin at the Great Southern display, Vinexpo
Talking to wine buyers at Masterclass, Vinexpo
Vinexpo was held in Hong Kong at the end of May and attracted more than 15,000 trade from across Asia, with over 1000 exhibitors from around the world. West Cape Howe was amongst five Great Southern participating wineries.
Gavin took groups of wine trade buyers through Great Southern wines Masterclasses and was excited with the networking and trade contact opportunities.
With huge market potential in China and Asia, Gavin took this opportunity to educate participants and elevate the Great Southern as a world-class region for the production of premium wine.
Following the trade show, Gavin joined the delegation in Seoul, South Korea for a tasting event with other Great Southern wineries. This proved to be another great marketing opportunity to strengthen the West Cape Howe and Great Southern brands into this new, emerging market.
Our wines are being enjoyed near and far!
Tony Sassi of Sassi Cucina, Port Douglas
Tony Sassi grew up with the wonderful flavours of the Italian seaside in Abruzzo on the Adriatic coast of Italy. He now translates these into a modern cucina and is renowned for the exquisitely balanced flavours in all his dishes. Food critics have noted that Tony achieves great results by not overworking the fresh ingredient - it's simple and it's 'sassi'.
Tony recently discovered WEST CAPE HOWE wines and immediately saw a fresh, very enjoyable, well-balanced style to compliment his fine dishes.
Very soon Sassi will list our wines and you will be able to taste this delectable partnership for yourself!
Why not indulge your senses when next visiting Port Douglas!
9 Grant Street, Port Douglas QLD 4877
Ph: (07) 4099 6744 www.sassi.com.au
Enrich - Life.Food.Wine: EXPECT THE BEST in Brisbane 30 March - 1st April 2012
West Cape Howe Wines is extremely pleased to have its wines included at Enrich Brisbane - an event showcasing the very best of Australian wine, food and lifestyle pleasures!
Our wines will be available for tasting and sale at the 'Great Southern Wine' area display within the Wine Selectors Regional Journey. The Regional Journey is the central focal point for the event.
While you are there, check out the Wine Selectors Wine Theatre for various sessions over three days for you to participate in, taste and experience with the fun and guidance of expert panelists including Max Allen and Tyson Stelzer.
Interesting session topics include Aged wines compared to their younger counterparts; What do medals mean? - learn how the experts look at wine in a wine-show environment; and New varieties - what is the future of Australian wine, including varieties, regions, organics and climate change.
Take this fantastic opportunity to taste our wines, enjoy the experience and learn from some of Australia's most respected wine authorities.
We hope to see you there!
WEST CAPE HOWE scoops JAMES HALLIDAY'S TOP 100
2011 'Two Steps' Shiraz awarded 97 Pts!
James Halliday's WOW Factor Whites!
We're delighted to spread the news that James H