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 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 :
- 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
- 2019 Arneis
- 2019 Dolcetto Freddo
- 2019 Dolcetto
- 2018 Cabernet Sauvigon (not released yet)
Bronze Medal at the 2019 Wine Show of Western Australia, held in Mt Barker WA each year for:
- 2019 Moscato Rosa (not released yet)
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.
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October, Market Square Park, Subiaco – 11.30am to 5.30pm each day.
Come out and catch up with us at UnWined, one of WA’s premier Food and Wine Festivals in the Market Square,Subiaco.
A great day out where you can sample our new wine releases and restock with your favourite Vineyard 28 wines. You can even buy a glass of our wine to enjoy with your lunch on the picnic lawn.
Throughout the day you can listen to live music, sit in on a wine & food pairing session or wine appreciation class and buy some delicious tapas from Perth’s best foodies and Subiaco restaurants.
No matter what you do, it’s a great day out with friends and family where you can discover new and unusual wines, taste great food and enjoy indi tunes in the heart of Subiaco!
Tickets are available online now – BUY TICKETS
This year the organisers are also hosting a Culinary Series in the week leading up to UnWined. The series will be made up of dinners, functions and tastings commencing the Monday prior to UnWined Subiaco and continuing through to the weekend. You will be able to enjoy the journey of the wine regions of the state, understanding some of their signature wines while pairing the experience with WA produce.
All the information on this – CULINARY SERIES
On August 3 and 4, members of the 10th Light Horse Bunbury troop led the 10th Light Horse Bridle Trail’s official re-opening ride. The event marked the 100th anniversary of the 10th Light Horse Regiment’s return to Western Australia in 1919 – five years after World War One began.
The 10th Light Horse Regiment was the only Australian Imperial Force – Light Horse Regiment to be recruited from WA in WWI. The regiment also patrolled the South-West coast during WWII. In honour of the regiment and its efforts, the original trail was first opened on October 15, 1989.
The Trail …
The newly reopened trail stretches over 56 kilometres from Binningup in the south to Island Point, Mandurah. Vineyard 28 is approximately half way along this trail.
On Saturday the 3rd August, Vineyard 28 was pleased to welcome all the riders and support crews. Many camped overnight on our neighbour’s farm, so that they could complete the trail ride the following day. It was great to see riders and horses arrive. We even had the army here, along with a great display of military vintage vehicles. The day finished with a traditional Aussie BBQ of sausages in bread, washed down with a few wines.
Congratulations must go to the organisers, the Friends of the 10th Light Horse, and especially to Daniel McDonald for all his efforts and how well he kept us informed and involved.
Now that the trail is open, horse riders from around WA will be able to take advantage of the trail. There are a few places along the trail suitable for parking a float and going out for a ride to explore. Vineyard 28 is one such place where you can park the float securely, with prior notice, enjoy a ride, and then return for some wine tasting and a BYO picnic lunch. Another great location is the Old Coast Road Brewery, where you can tether your horse in the shade and partake of a meal and locally made brew.
A few photos from the event ..
Friday 23rd August – Sunday 25th August 2019
at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Vineyard 28 will again be attending the Perth Good Food and Wine Show, along with fellow wineries from the Geographe Wine Region.
We are looking forward to sharing our new release wines with you all. In particular the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, the 2019 Dolcetto (dry) and the 2019 Dolcetto Freddo. Mark & Pippa will be there most days, so it is a great opportunity to catch up on all their news and discuss the latest wines.
The show will also be showcasing the ‘who’s who’ of local and international top-name chefs and foodie experts. From pastries to paella, seafood to sweets, our special guests will be whipping up the tastiest creations for your inspiration. You even have the option of dining with your favourite chef in an intimate and much-loved Chef’s Lunch. Heaps more information is available at their website – click here.
Need tickets – https://goodfoodshow.com.au/perth/tickets/
It might be the middle of winter here at Vineyard 28 but we’ve got some of our exceptional 2019 grapes transformed into wine, into bottle and ready for you to enjoy. Available at the cellar door now and online. We’ll also be bringing them to the Perth Good Food and Wine Show in August.
A fresh and vibrant, new release of our easy drinking blend of the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
Our gorgeous cherry pie, sweet chilled Dolcetto Freddo, which is a great accompaniment to a warming winter curry or even a Thai Beef Salad.
The one everyone has been waiting for, the 2019 dry Dolcetto. Rich dark cherries, mouth filling dusty tannins, a great winter warmer to enjoy now or over the next few years.
The wines are available to order online now. Free freight within Western Australia and $15.00 per case for our interstate friends.
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.