Autumn New Wine Releases

Just as the weather begins to cool and we head into the Autumn months, we are ready to share our new wine releases – the latest vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Nebbiolo.

Cabernet & Nebbiolo - new wine releases

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is our usual fruit driven style. Lots of great berry fruit on the palate, luscious with a dry finish. $25.00 per bottle

The 2018 Nebbiolo is quite special this year. A slight change in winemaking practise, with 30% of the fruit undergoing wild ferment has added great depth to this wine. It was recently awarded 4 stars in the Winestate Italian/Spanish Tasting, of which the results can be seen in the March/April edition of the magazine.

As per the notes in the Winestate Magazine – “A bright nose of tar and rose petals with a well focussed longer vibrant palate of dried herbs, oak spices ad rose petals.”

$28.00 per bottle

We are looking forward to sharing these new wine releases at our Cellar Door, via our grazing and tasting experience, and also out and about as the opportunity arises.

We are planning to take them along to the Toast to the Coast Event being held at the Mindarie Marina on Saturday 4th April 2020.

The wines can also be ordered online via our website.

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Wine Show Season

September through to November each year is often known in our industry as the Wine Show season. The time when we send our wines off to be benchmarked against others. We hope to receive back a few awards, some medals and lots of constructive feedback on the wines we have entered.

Here at Vineyard 28 we are quite selective of which wine shows we enter. Not all wine shows are equal and suitable for our lesser known Italian Varieties. One show we always support though is our own local show, the Geographe and WA Alternative Wine Show held in September each year. This year we came home with a swag of Bronze medals for our wines, so although not an award or trophy, we got some great feedback.

Another great show we send our wines away to is the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show. This show has been going for 20 years now and is not only a forum for wines that fall outside the mainstream. It encourages cutting-edge judging procedures and provides a host of social and educational events that promote knowledge sharing and the ferment of ideas around lesser known grape varietals.

Mark Cumbers with the 2019 Dolcetto

Mark is very pleased to have received a Gold Medal, for the 2019 Dolcetto (dry) at this years Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show. It makes it two years in a row for this wine. (The 2018 Dolcetto winning Gold last year and then going onto to win the Best Italian Red Varietal Trophy) The 2019 Dolcetto would have been in the running for the trophy again, but this year a Sangiovese from De Bortoli came up tops.

Wine shows are a fickle thing, and sometimes you don’t get the results you hoped for, but it doesn’t mean the wine isn’t good enough. Consistently achieving medals indicates excellent quality wine with no faults. It provides us with an opportunity to see how we are going with our peers. But at the end of the day it really comes down to the individual, which wines you like to drink, and the characteristics and flavours you like in your wine.

As well known Spanish American Chef, Jose Andres states, “Every time I open a bottle of wine it is an amazing trip somewhere.

At Vineyard 28 we want our wines to take you on an amazing trip as well, hopefully on a little journey to experience something of Italy here in the Geographe Wine Region.

Wine Show Results 2019

Gold Medal at the 2019 Australian Alternative Wine Show for:

Bronze Medal at the 2019 Australian Alternative Wine Show and 2019 Geographe & WA Alternative Wine Show for:

  • 2018 Nebbiolo (not released yet)

Bronze Medals at the 2019 Geographe & WA Alternative Wine Show for :

Bronze Medal at the 2019 Wine Show of Western Australia, held in Mt Barker WA each year for:

  • 2019 Moscato Rosa (not released yet)
Medal Certificates
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Best Italian Red Wine Variety Trophy

Vineyard 28 is awarded the Best Italian Red Wine Variety Trophy at the

2018 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show.

The 2018 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show is held during the first week of November each year in Mildura, Victoria. The 2018 Show saw 805 entries received from 207 exhibitors, from 62 wine regions across Australia, and encompassed 101 unique grape varieties. The show is more than a forum for wines that fall outside the mainstream. It encourages cutting-edge judging procedures and provides a host of social and educational events that promote the sharing of knowledge and ideas of the lesser known grapes.

Vineyard 28 is very please to announce that they were awarded the

Best Italian Red Wine Variety Trophy, sponsored by CHR Hansen,

for the 2018 Dolcetto.

This is the first vintage of this wine for Vineyard 28. Dolcetto is a black Italian grape variety, known for its low levels of acidity and tendency to be ready for an early harvest. This fruit is grown at the Wildwater Vineyard site in the hills behind Harvey. Full of flavours and vibrant with red berry fruit, sarsparilla, hints of rosewater, grainy herbs, cedar and spices, a wine that is drinking well whilst young and fresh.

 

Meg Kopke receiving award on behalf of Vineyard 28
Meg Kopke receiving the award on behalf of Vineyard 28, from sponsor CHR Hansen.

Winemaker, Mark Cumbers was ‘over the moon‘ when he received the call to advise he’d received a Trophy for the Dolcetto. Thank you to our colleague Meg Kopke who was attending the Awards Long Lunch this year, and accepted the trophy on our behalf.  Receiving this Trophy is great recognition for being one of the Geographe Wine Region’s pioneers of the lesser known grape varieties.

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2018 Geographe and WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show

Exciting Show Results at the Geographe & WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show.

Mark at Geographe and WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show

Mark came away a very happy winemaker from this years Wine Show.

Best Geographe Sweet Table Wine (sponsored by Laser Electrical)

2018 Moscato Rosa

Gold Medal

2018 Dolcetto

Mark, Vineyard 28 accepting the Award for Best Geographe Sweet Table Wine from Sponsor Laser Electrical. Geographe and WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show
Mark, Vineyard 28 accepting the Award for Best Geographe Sweet Table Wine from Sponsor Laser Electrical.

Bronze Medals

2018 Arneis, 2018 Dolcetto Freddo and 2017 Nebbiolo

 

The Geographe and Alternative Varieties Wine Show was held over 4 days in Bunbury at the Regional Entertainment Centre, in the last week of September 2018. The team of judges was led by this years’ James Halliday Winemaker of the Year – Julian Langworthy. He was ably accompanied by well known WA wine industry identity, Erin Larkin and Brendan Carr, winemaker from Xanadu.

Over 180 wines were entered from across the Geographe Region for the regional awards, and included some great alternative varieties from across Western Australia for the alternative variety awards.  Vineyard 28 was in good company.

The standards were high and Vineyard 28 were pleased to achieve the results we did with our wines.

Thanks must go to all the hardworking volunteers and the judges that make shows like this possible.

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Award Winner – 2018 South West Small Business Awards

2018 South West Small Business Awards

2018 South West Small Business Award

Vineyard 28 wins the

2018 Food, Produce and Agribusiness Award

(sponsored by Bannister Downs Dairy)

 

 

The 2018 Small Business Awards Gala dinner was held on June 16th at the Quality Hotel Lighthouse in Bunbury, a night of celebration and recognition of the local small business community here in the South West.

The competition was fierce this year with over 100 entries received and 42 businesses from across the South West named as finalists. Vineyard 28 was pleased to be a finalist in both the Food, Produce and Agribusiness Category and the Tourism Category this year. Mark & Pippa were unable to attend the actual Awards ceremony this year, but were over the moon and quite surprised when they heard that they’d won this award for the fourth time.

It has been three years since they last entered these awards back in 2015. That year they came also came Runner-Up in the Micro Business Award category along with winning the Agribusiness Award.  Vineyard 28 received the Agribusiness Award in 2012, the first time they entered the Small Business Awards, and then followed it up in 2013 with a repeat win.

Pippa states, “We have always been strong supporters of these awards, as we believe the process is a great tool to help small business review their operations and assist with planning. They provide a great framework to sit back and look at your business objectively, identify areas for improvement, but also celebrate what you have achieved.

For Mark and Pippa this award is much appreciated recognition for the work and time they’ve spent during the past two years in getting their business back on track post the impact of the January 2016 Waroona/Yarloop Fire.

(Full results available here)

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Wine Equip Award for Best Sweet Table Wine – 2017 Moscato

Awarded at the 2017 Geographe and WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show.

Mark & Pippa were very excited to receive the Wine Equip Award for Best Sweet Table Wine for the 2017 Moscato at the recent 2017 Geographe and WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show. The award was presented at the Gala Dinner held at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on Friday 22nd September.

The 2017 Moscato is an excellent example of this style of wine, and the first to be made from a blend of our fruit from both the Vineyard 28 and Wildwater sites.

With a touch of pink hues, this sweet and spritzy style is excellent as an aperitif or will be appreciated by those who like sweeter style wines.

Their 2017 Arneis and 2015 Nebbiolo were also awarded Silver Medals in their respective classes at this Wine Show. This is a second Silver Medal for the 2015 Nebbiolo, showcasing a broad range of recognition from wine judges across Australia.

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Review of Arneis (Italian white grape variety) at the Vineyard 28

Arneis 2014 and Arneis 2013Recent Review from Casey at Travelling Corkscrew

I love tasting wines side by side as even though they might be the same grape varietal, each wine has its own uniqueness. I picked up these bottles of Arneis (Italian white grape variety) at the Vineyard 28 cellar door just off Old Coast Highway heading south from Perth. Approx $20 per bottle.

2013: Light yellow colour with green highlights. Aromas of freshly cut grass, hints of honey and pears. On the palate it’s fresh and refreshing with crisp flavours of grapefruit, licks of nuts and a touch of palm sugar fruity sweetness.

2014: Lighter in colour, more straw-like. Aromas of lime, apricots and a bouquet of fresh flowers. On the palate it’s full and rich with hints of mango, orchard fruits and again nuttiness comes through to entice the palate.

I really enjoyed these wines, my taste buds lent more towards the 2014 however I have to admit a glass of each is the way to go (that way it’s educational right – it’s a wine tasting!) #TCWeekdayWine.

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Great detail Travelling Corkscrew. We love how much you appreciate the uniqueness of our #Arneis.

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2015 South West Small Business Awards

2015 South West Small Business Awards – Success for Vineyard 28

Mark & Pippa of Vineyard 28 were very pleased to receive not only the Agribusiness Award, sponsored by WFI,  this year, but to also come Runner Up in the Micro Business Category as well. The Small Business Awards were held at the Lighthouse Beach Resort in Bunbury on Saturday the 27th June 2015. These awards provide a great opportunity for us to benchmark the performance of our business against other small businesses in the South West, and allow us to celebrate our achievements to date.

2015 South West Small Business Awards

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Arneis 2014 in Cellar Talk By Ray Jordan 15th January 2015

Review by Ray Jordan, The West Australian – 15th Jan 2015, in his Cellar Talk column.

2014 Arneis is available for purchase by contacting us at the winery on 08 9733-5605 or via email.

Cellar Talk by Ray Jordan
Wine of the Week
Vineyard 28 the Alternative Arneis 2014 ($22)
If you are travelling around this summer, then the five wines I have listed this week are worth checking out at the various wineries. Vineyard 28 is a little between Mandurah and Harvey doing some good thing with this Piedmont variety. I like the crunchy, lively mouth feel here. Stacks of pear and spice with citrusy edge to it. The palate is deep and lightly textured with plenty of sustained flavour. The acid creates a clean, crisp finish. Nice current drinking wine. Go to vineyard28.com .au. 92/100

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