Vintage 2024

Earliest start to a vintage …

The 2024 Vintage has set records. Picking Arneis Arneis bins loaded up

Getting underway on the 18th January, Vintage 2024 commenced with the earliest harvest of the Arneis here at Vineyard 28. This is a whole month ahead of the norm, with vintage compressed into 6 weeks instead of the usual 10 to 11, with one week where we picked fruit every day. It was unusual to say the least, fast, furious and hot.  Our last harvest day was the 28th February when we brought in the Nebbiolo. Usually this grape is out there until end of March or early April some years, but the heat pushed the ripening along.

The early warm weather in October propelled the vines along their growth cycles and then the subsequent hot dry weather throughout the summer hastened the ripening of the grapes. White varieties stood up exceptionally well and were fortunately off the vine before the multiple heatwaves that rolled through February here in Western Australia. The majority of the red varietals stood up well, although there were some losses due to the heat. Overall, it was a vintage that will go down in the history books, and there will be some truly interesting wines to sample in the future.

This year we harvested the first grapes from our new block Rusty’s Vineyard, located in Harvey.  We are growing Fiano and Sangiovese there. For those who are pining for another Jasper Rose, then stay tuned for the 2024 vintage made from the Sangiovese.

Fran & Phil harvesting Carol harvestingThank you Vintage Crew

As always huge thanks go to our harvest crew. Lots of 6am starts in the vineyards, with some glorious sunrises to be seen, and delicious morning teas consumed. This year we also welcomed wine club members to assist us in bringing in the harvest. Big thanks to Kevin, Dave, Colin and Graham who all put their hands up and assisted us in bringing in the grapes.

Now we wait to see what magic will transpire in the winery. Mark and Kieran have been very busy since harvests finished tending to the wines. The Nebbiolo is fermenting away on its skins and will be for some weeks yet before being pressed off and transferred to barrel to continue its maturation.

 

 

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What’s New at the Cellar Door?

Turntable and records

What’s New ?

Come check out the new space and new wine releases at our cellar door. During the winter break we got busy and made a few changes to freshen up the space for you.

 

For those who remember when music came on those round things called records, it will be a nostalgic visit, as Mark & Pip have resurrected their ‘vinyl’ collection. There’ll always be something playing on the turntable inside the cellar door. (Hint: it’s a bit of a trip back to the 80’s with some early 90s and classics thrown in.)

 

Bookings Essential

The most important change is that we would prefer you to book or make an appointment when coming to visit the cellar door. There are lots of ways you can do this:

We will still accept ‘walk-ins’ during opening hours, but booking ahead will ensure we can provide you with the best wine experience.

Why bookings – because we are keen to give you our undivided attention,
and make your visit, engaging and memorable.

Cellar Door Hours – Thursday to Monday – 10am to 5pm

Wine ExperiencesWine & Food Pairing

Guided Tasting with Food Pairing

You can still just book a Guided Wine tasting, but we’ve also added a simple food pairing option for those times you just want a light snack whilst tasting our wines. Choose 6 wines from the Vineyard 28 range and we will pair them with a sample plate for you to enjoy.

’28’ Wine and Grazing Experience

We’ve also upgraded the ‘28’ Wine and Grazing experience – its even more sumptuous than before, with some extra cheese, dips, local relishes and breads added to the board. It’s a great way to enjoy the full range of Vineyard 28 wines. Gluten free options still available.

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2022 Labelmakers Group WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show

It’s wine show season! This year we once again entered our wines into the 2022 Labelmakers Group WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show to see what leading wine industry professionals think of our wines.

Mark and Pippa receiving the award for Best Geographe White Wine

We are very proud to have received two awards and a trophy at the show this year!

Best Geographe White Wine – 2022 Fiano

Best Geographe White Varietal – 2022 Fiano

Best Geographe Cabernet Sauvignon – 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon

Our wines also won the following medals.

Mark receiving the award for Best Geographe White Varietal

Gold Medal

2022 Fiano

Silver Medal

2020 Cabernet Sauvignon (release later this year)

Bronze Medal

2022 Arneis (limited availability)

Mark receiving the award for Best Geographe Cabernet Sauvignon

2021 Dolcetto

2020 Nebbiolo (not yet released)

2021 Wildwater Pignoletto

2022 Moscato Rosa

This is the second year in a row our Fiano has received a gold medal, which is very exciting for us and we can’t wait to share it with you all.

Winemaker Mark is thrilled with these results and we can’t wait to see you at the Cellar Door or a Cellar Club event to share them with you.

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Bunbury Wine Wander

Bunbury Wine WanderVineyard 28 at Bayview Bar, Bunbury

Saturday 7th November – 12 noon to 4pm

Ready to wander?!  ⁠

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re a featured winery in the Bunbury Wine Wander, an exciting new event that sees eleven Geographe wineries paired with Bunbury CBD venues for the ultimate, self-guided tasting adventure!

You’ll find us at Bayview Bar, Bunbury, serving tastings of three different but equally delicious Vineyard 28 wines – you’ll also be able to purchase some delicious gourmet snacks and meals at the venue.

Happening on Saturday 7th of November, it’s designed for groups of friends to explore and enjoy together!

But you’d better grab your tickets soon because they’re selling fast – head to

@bunburywinewander or www.bunburywinewander.com

to secure your spot now.

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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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Vineyard 28 Arneis 2015 – GEOGRAPHE wine region

Wine from between the ocean and the Scarp

GEOGRAPHE wine region lives in the shadow of Margaret River, but it produces some great wines of its own and deserves to be better known.

The region stretches from Harvey in the South and inland to Donnybrook. It includes the City of Bunbury, and the Ferguson Valley. The region hugs Geographe Bay with the cooling afternoon sea breezes being a hallmark of a long stable growing season.Many of the Geographe vineyards were planted in the late 90’s and are now well established and producing wine of consistent high quality. The region excels at Chardonnay and Shiraz, with excellent Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.

Lesser known as varieties from Italy and Spain are also making a name for themselves – grapes such as Arneis, Vermentino, Tempranillo, Durif and Nebiolo to name a few.

Vineyard 28 Arneis 2015

Vineyard 28 Arneis 2015 is pale yellow straw colour with aromatic bouquet pronounced floral character and luscious crisp mouthfeel. Arneis is a white Italian variety of grape rarely grown in WA partly because it is considered difficult to grow. Vineyard 28 has the source block of this variety. RRP $22

Article by Frank Smith

GEOGRAPHE wine region

Drop in and see Vineyard 28 on your way past, only 3km off Forrest Hwy, a detour you will not regret.

270 Bagieau Road
Harvey WA 6220

Vineyard28 Map

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The Geographe Wine Region – Taste of the Region

Taste of the Region

On Friday the 7th November, the Geographe celebrated recent success from the 2014 ANZ Geographe Wine Show, with a Taste of the Region, held at the Sky Bar at the newly renovated Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre. It was an opportunity for Trophy and Award winning wines from the show to be placed centre stage, and matched with local gourmet produce.

Vineyard 28’s “The Alternative” 2014 Arneis

Vineyard 28’s “The Alternative”2014 Arneis was featured as part of this event, served alongside Donnybrook Marron- (Poached Marron, Pemberton Avocado & Lime Mousse, Passionfruit Dressing) and Avocado Watermelon- (Watermelon Cube, Pemberton Avocado & Lime Mousse, Pistachio Crumbed Harvey Persian Goats Cheese).

Our 2014 Arneis received the Doral Mineral Sands Award for Best WA Alternative White Variety at the 2014 ANZ Geographe Wine Show. Mark our winemaker was very pleased to have it selected for the Taste of the Region.

The Geographe Wine Region

The Geographe Wine Region is located just 2 hours south of Perth, and is fast earning a reputation as one of Western Australia’s most exciting new wine regions. Spanning from Harvey in the North to Busselton in the South and out to Donnybrook in the East, the region hugs the Geographe Bay with the cooling afternoon sea breezes being a hallmark of a long stable growing season. Whilst Geographe is one of Australia’s most geographically diverse regions, a common theme resonates across the region of smaller vineyards and wineries owned and operated by the families you meet at the cellar doors, Wine Shows and Exhibitions. The people behind the wine labels of Geographe are passionate and proud of their Region and what it produces and also where Geographe wines are placed in the Australian and world wine scene.

Vineyard 28 is one of Geographe’s small family owned and operated vineyards. When you visit us at the cellar door, most of the time you will meet us the owners, Mark & Pippa, the people behind the wine. We grow the varieties of wine grapes we are passionate about and enjoy making wine from for you. A love of all things Italian has blossomed into a particular interest in alternative wine varieties for Mark our winemaker and alongside our more traditional range.

Vineyard 28 has something for everyone, the cellar door is brimming with colour and vibrancy, warmth and passion, creativity and wine, quilts and art all combine here.

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Vineyard 28 on Tour Exhibiting Wines

Vineyard 28 will be out and about exhibiting our wines over the next month at these events, come over and say hi.

UnWined WA

Saturday November 1st
11am to 6pm
and Sunday November 2nd
11am to 5pm
Market Square Park, Subiaco

For more information go to:
UnWined Facebook Page
Wineandfood.com.au

Brunswick Agricultural Show

Saturday 25th October 2014
Brunswick Show Grounds.
All Day

 

Lake Clifton-Herron Community Fair

Sunday 19th October 2014
9am to 3pm

Lake Clifton Community Hall,
Tuart Grove Avenue.

More information: Facebook Clifton Fair Page

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Geographe Crush Wine Exhibition

Geographe Crush Sunday 3rd November, Bicentennial Square, Bunbury
11am to 6pm.

Geographe wine region is the state’s youngest wine regions and will be showcased at the Geographe Crush.

Celebration of the wines grown from Harvey in the north, to  Collie, Dardanup and Donnybrook, Capel down to  Busselton, visitors will be able enjoy some fantastic award winning wines and food over the afternoon.

The Geographe Wine Region boasts some exciting and new wines, we have a wonderful landscape and it’s great places for families to stay. Visitors are encouraged to explore the region in more detail and see all our great attractions either over the weekend or at a later date. The Geographe Wine Region is so close to Perth less than 2 hours away.

Enjoy approx 40 companies from the area that will  be on show in Bunbury at Bicentennial Square on Sunday 3rd November.

For more details go to the Geographe Crush website 

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