Vintage Leap 2020

Winemaker Mark with visitors on a vineyard walk.

This is going to be a great opportunity to celebrate the 2020 Leap year, with our Vintage Leap Experience.

Saturday 29th February 2020

Come for a walk in the Vineyard with our winemaker, Mark. Sample the grapes and gain an understanding of how we decide when to pick and why. Learn what the words “baume” and “brix” mean. Taste the flavours of the grape before they become wine.

Mark will then take you into the winery where it should all be happening. A peek into the world of a winemaker amidst the season we refer to as “vintage” or in Italian – “la vendemmia

By this time we will have some wines in tank and at different stages of the wine-making process. Get to have a sneak peek and early taste of 2020 vintage wines. Mark might even tempt you with some barrel tastings of the 2019 reds.

This will be a small group experience. (Limited to 8 persons per session)

When: Saturday 29 February 2020 between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM

Cost – $25.00 per person (for Non Cellar Club Members)

Bookings are essential.

After your Vintage Leap Experience you are then welcome to taste wines at the Cellar Door and restock on some favourites. You are also invited to order a grazing plate or bring your own picnic to enjoy with a bottle of your favourite wine.

Note: Cellar Club Members please check your emails as there will be a promotional code provided for you to book with to obtain a discount.

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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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Discover Italian Vino

Saturday 16th November 1.00pm to 4.00pm

at the Vineyard 28 Cellar Door.

Booking Essential – $30.00 per person BOOK HERE

Spend an afternoon with our winemaker Mark, on a journey to discover Italian Vino. Be the first to try some of the new releases. Tempt your taste buds with samples of the new grape varieties we will be introducing in the future.

Begin your afternoon with an introduction to an Italian Sparkling wine from the Emilio Romagna region of Italy. Take a short trip to southern Italy to Campania as you are introduced to the Fiano grape. Vineyard 28 is looking forward to producing their first vintage of this in 2020.

You will be amongst the first to try new vintages of Arneis, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo. Compare with their predecessors. Which will be your favourite? Finish up your afternoon on a sweet note with our new release 2019 Moscato Rosa and 2019 Dolcetto Freddo.

All of this Italian Vino will be accompanied by grazing table of local fresh produce – fruits, cheeses, olives, charcuterie and Lou’s awesome artisan crackers.

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Vintage 2019

Vintage 2019 has finally come to an end. It has seemed a long season this year, commencing back in early February, a few weeks later than usual, with the last harvest being the Nebbiolo undertaken on the 6th April. In fact the Nebbiolo was only pressed off a little over a week ago. Recent tastings across the range by winemaker Mark are indicating we are going to have some awesome drops of wine this year. It could well be a year to remember. The first of our Pignoletto grapes were picked on Saturday 16th February, and the resultant juice will soon continue its journey onto becoming our first Sparkling style. But don’t all rush out to come try, it won’t be available until later in 2020. Good things take time to create.

During the winter months we had good rain filling our soil profiles and a cool but quite dry spring. This and the continued cooler summer temperatures through December and January delayed ripening, but resulted in our grape canopies maintaining excellent conditions through to harvest. Of note this year has been the bird pressure. It is the highest we’ve seen in many years with almost no blossom on the local Marri trees until virtually the end of the season.

The season commenced on the 12th February with our Muscat fruit here at the Vineyard 28 site. For the first few weeks it was a little hectic in the winery with the white varieties and our first Dolcetto fruit all coming in before the end of February. Then the cooler March temperatures slowed things a little and spread the harvests out with the Cabernet Sauvignon being harvested on 20th March, with then another few weeks before we finished with the Nebbiolo. Mark has had a very full winery, and at times it’s been an interesting juggle, but it’s all in safely with the 2019 white styles almost ready for bottling later in June.

Our regular crew of retired farming folk were back this year to help bring the fruit in, ably assisted by a few local students commencing gap years, supplemented along the way by a few international backpackers. It made for some great morning tea conversations after each pick.

Check out the gallery of images below from across the season.

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Wine’d your way in Harvey

WA Day Long Weekend

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June 2019

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Nebbiolo + Antipasti morsels at Vineyard 28

Come and celebrate the start of Winter in Northern Italy
(well actually in the North of Harvey, here at Vineyard 28). 

  • Tempt your taste buds with small morsels matched with 5 vintages of Vineyard 28 Nebbiolo $10pp
  • Bookings appreciated. Groups larger than 6 persons will require a booking.
  • For more information please contact the cellar door on 9733 5605 or email wine@vineyard28.com.au
  • Cellar door open 10am – 5pm
  • In addition – range of other Vineyard28 wines available for tasting, locally produced patchwork quilts, handmade craft items, and art on display.

Sweet Treats at Harvey River Estate

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Winter is the perfect time to enjoy the smooth, lush, warming flavours of a fortified wine. Warm the cockles at Harvey River Estate and enjoy delicious handmade brownies with an aged fortified wine.

  • Choice of 50ml fortified wine (Tawny or Muscat), plus a chocolate brownie for $10.
  • Bookings not required, but appreciated for large groups.
  • For more information please contact the cellar door on 9729 2588 or email cellardoor@harveyriver.com.au
  • Cellar door open 10am – 4pm
  • In addition – Barista coffee and refreshments also available; climb the ‘The Big Orange’ by gold coin donation to Telethon; large range of giftware; full Harvey River Estate wine range also available for tasting.
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