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.
WA Day Long Weekend
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June 2019
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 email@example.com
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
2019 Easter Quilt Exhibition
Sat 20th to Mon 22nd April
Cellar Door – 10am to 5pm over the Easter Weekend
There will be lots happening over the Easter Weekend here at the Vineyard 28 with our annual Quilt Exhibition on at the Cellar Door.
Come along to catch up on all the latest works by owner, Pippa Nielsen, who has been making quilts for just on 20 years. There will also be new quilts on display and for sale from many other local Quilt Artisans from Harvey, Australind and surrounds. We’ll also have a Christmas table full of crafts just so you can plan ahead this year.
You can always check out our current quilt selection on our website
We are also looking forward to featuring hand painted miniatures by local Myalup Artist Graeme McPherson.
Myalup Easter Fair
Myalup Hall, Myalup – 10am to 3pm
The Myalup Easter Fair will take place on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019 from 10-3pm. It will be a day of Good Old Fashioned Family Fun & community fundraiser for the Myalup area. Visitors can shop at the fabulous quality market stalls, have a listen to the bluegrass band, try their luck in side show alley, eat delicious food from local food trucks & enter their pets into the Pet Parade!! Be sure not to miss the amazing art display including the Youth Art Exhibition & Competition. Local artists will be contributing & judging on the day. Vineyard 28 will be their offering wine tastings and sales we would LOVE to have you come along and be a part of the fun!!
SEE YOU ON EASTER SUNDAY!!
More info is available at the Myalup Easter Fair Facebook Page.
2018 Moscato Rosa and 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Here at Vineyard 28 we are very pleased to announce our new wine releases – available at the cellar door now and online.
2018 Moscato Rosa – our scrumptious refreshing sweeter style. With a lovely blush hue, and yummy apricot flavours on the palate, this is a wine to be enjoyed as an aperitif with fresh fruit and cheeses or maybe splash it over a few peaches, leave to soak and enjoy with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream.
$20.00 per bottle $216.00 per dozen
Awarded the Laser Electrical – Best Sweet Table Wine Award at the 2018 Geographe and WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon – a staple of our range. Consistently full of rich berry and jammy fruit flavours. Ruby red as always, finishing dry with lovely soft tannins. Drinking nicely now, but will also benefit from some ageing.
$22.00 per bottle $240.00 per dozen
Pop over to our BUY WINE page to order your selection now.
Sunday 17th March 2019 – 9am to 4pm Snell Park, Harvey
Experience the atmosphere of Italy at the LiveLighter Harvey Harvest Festival. Set in the picturesque gardens of Snell Park, Harvey, the Festival offers a feast for the senses with arts, culture, food, wine and markets.
Loads of music and entertainment. Make sure you are there for the Annual WA Livelighter Grape Stomping Championships. There will be rides, roving street entertainment, and the animal petting farm to keep the kids occupied.
Vineyard 28 will be there with our range of wines, along with other Geographe Wineries – Fifth Estate, Harvey River Estate and Moojelup Farm.
Keep the kids occupied with rides, street theatre, fairy workshops, the LiveLighter Grape Stomp and an animal petting farm. There’s something for everyone at the LiveLighter Harvey Harvest Festival!
More info at the website – www.harveyfest.com.au
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th February 2019
Vineyard 28 will be at Sunset Wine
Enjoy an iconic WA sunset while tasting the best of WA’s wine, craft beers, ciders, and spirits at the new Scarborough Beach Reserve. Add in some gourmet food, live music, good friends and the perfect coast backdrop and you have one of summer’s best boutique festivals – Sunset Wine & Brews!
While the weather is warm and the beaches are looking great, grab your friends and come try some great wines from Vineyard 28 and other local WA producers! You can enjoy a glass at the festival or stock up for home.
Then relax on the Sunset Balcony with cool tunes from local DJs and get that Insta worthy sunset pic as the sun goes down!
Get your general tasting ticket or plumm tasting ticket now to Perth’s favourite wine & craft beer festival on the coast!
Please note: the last two hours of each day will be glass sales only, 6pm-8pm.
Tickets are available via their website – https://www.wineandfood.com.au/sunsetwineandbrews
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.
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.
Vineyard 28 will be at the Gourmet Village
Sat 16th and Sun 17th November 2018
11am to 6pm each day
Gourmet Village – Leeuwin Estate Winery, Caves Road.
At the heart of Margaret River Gourmet Escape is the must-see Gourmet Village. It’s a buzzing world of culinary excitement and the perfect opportunity to experience the delectable delights that Western Australia has to offer.
Held at the Leeuwin Estate Winery over 2 days, the Gourmet Village is where all the culinary stars come together. An action-packed weekend filled with cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, masterclasses, intimate Q&As and panel discussions. Catch them at the Chef’s Amphitheatre, wine and beer tastings and book signings throughout the weekend. Not to be missed are also the West Australian restaurants that showcase some of their signature dishes and all the local artisan producers, wineries and breweries.
Vineyard 28 will be joining other artisan producers at the Gourmet Village this year for the first time, sharing our unique selection of Italian variety wines ,
Arneis, Dolcetto, Moscato, and Nebbiolo.
Join us, along with other artisan wine producers in rubbing shoulders with chefs Matt Okine, Rick Stein, Nigella Lawson, and Monica Galetti, just to name a few.
Special Ticket Offer
As an exhibitor of Margaret River Gourmet Escape we are able to offer our customers 15% off gourmet village general entry tickets. To claim your discount enter the exclusive promotional password “GOURMET” when booking
(Please note this OFFER ENDS Midnight 15 November 2018)
WA Wine on show…
Sat 27th and Sun 28th October
Market Square Park, Subiaco
1130am to 530pm each day
Come along and catch up with Pippa at one of Western Australia’s finest festivals in October. Vineyard 28 will be there with all our new releases, including the Gold Medal winning 2018 Dolcetto.
It’s a great day out providing an opportunity to not only catch up with us, but to also sample other WA wine, craft beer, cider and spirits. With 70+ companies from regions across our extraordinary state joining us, you have the chance to talk to winemakers and producers and taste our beautiful states produce you may not normally have access to.
Why not pack a picnic, or buy some food from one of the local Perth foodies that will be there. Find a patch of grass or make use of the many picnic blankets available and grab a glass of your favourite Vineyard 28 wine to enjoy.
Throughout the day you can listen to live music, sit in on a wine pairing session or wine appreciation seminar and buy some local produce and delicious tapas from Perth’s best foodies. No matter what you do, it all adds up to a delightful day where you can discover new and unusual wines, taste great food and enjoy indi tunes in a relaxing park setting in the heart of Subiaco.
Wine Theatre at Unwined Subiaco
Would you like to learn more about wine, then the daily activities at the Wine Theatre are for you.
At 12.00pm and 2.45pm wine and food pairings will be presented with the support of a local chef and sommelier at a cost of $20. The sessions will match the states fresh local produce with amazing WA wine.
At 1.30pm and 4.00pm hosted wine appreciation seminars are held with tastings and education of four wines at a cost of $10.
NOTE: Tickets for these classes are pre-purchase only.
More information about the event is available – HERE
Exciting Show Results at the Geographe & 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
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.