Margaret River is the major geographical indication wine region in southwest Western Australia, with 5,017 hectares under vine and 215 wineries as at 2012. Margaret River wine region is made up predominately of boutique size wine producers; although winery operations range from the smallest crushing 3.5 tons per year to the largest around 7,000 tonne.
The climate of Margaret River is more strongly maritime-influenced than any other major Australian region. It has the lowest mean annual temperature range, of only 7.6C, and for good measure has the most marked Mediterranean climate in terms of rainfall, with only 200 millimeters of the annual 1,160 millimeters falling between October and April. The low diurnal and seasonal temperature range means an unusually even accumulation of warmth. Overall the climate is similar to that of Bordeaux in a dry vintage.
Although the region produces just three percent of total Australian grape production, it produces over 20 percent of Australia’s premium wine market. The principal grape varieties are fairly evenly split between red and white; Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Shiraz, Merlot, Chenin Blanc and Verdelho – however, new and exciting varietals such as Malbec, Sangiovese and Tempranillo are showing huge potential in Margaret River.
Not surprisingly, this is the region where over 60% of Vinaceous’ production lies; with Divine Light Sauvignon Blanc, Shakre Chardonnay, Salome Tempranillo Rose, Red Right Hand Shiraz Grenache Tempranillo, Raconteur Cabernet Sauvignon and the award winning Voodoo Moon Malbec are grown, selected and made.
McLaren Vale is a wine region approximately 35 km south of Adelaide in South Australia and is internationally renowned for the wines it produces. The region has a distinct Mediterranean climate with four clear seasons – a dry warm summer from December through to March, giving gentle, long warm days and short cool nights. The McLaren Vale region is well known for its dry red wines, especially those made from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot are also grown, while white wine varieties from region include Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling.
In recent years innovative wineries have begun using less common varieties such as Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Barbera, Cinsaut, Vermentino, and Viognier.
But, the region is best known for producing Shiraz and it is by far the most important variety for the region, accounting for about 50 percent of the total crush. The area’s thin soils, limited water and warm summers harness Shiraz’s natural vigor and produce intense flavored fruit, and wine with a deep purple color that can last decades in the bottle.
McLaren Vale wines are distinguished by their ripeness, elegance, structure, power and complexity and as such, this is the region where we choose to grow and make the Vinaceous Snake Charmer Shiraz and Clandestine Grenache.
Adelaide Hills is Australia’s most vibrant cool climate wine region. With over 90 wine labels and 48 cellar doors, it is acknowledged internationally for its distinctive premium wines, viticulture and stunning scenery.
The region is located in the Mount Lofty Ranges east of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. Stretching in a narrow band approximately 70km long, the highest vineyards are sited between 600-650 metres altitude in areas such as Crafers, Summertown, Piccadilly and Carey Gully.
It is also one of the largest geographical wine regions in Australia, and amongst the most diverse in terms of climate, soil and topography; home to some of Australia’s most elegant cool climate wines, displaying great finesse and varietal intensity.
The folds and undulations of the Adelaide Hills create a wide range of mesoclimates; as such, the vineyards tend to be small in area and often very steep – this diversity plays host to a range of grape varieties and wine styles.
In the coolest areas, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties produce exemplary sparkling and table wines. Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio enter into the picture as the temperature rises – while many unique vineyard sites, combined with very careful management techniques, allow the successful ripening and flavour profile development of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Merlot.
It is this distinctiveness; both in the climate and unique soils that we find the ideal region to grow and make the Vinaceous Sirenya Pinot Grigio.