Margaret River wine region

Margaret River
Today the most famed appellation in Western Australia, Margaret River has a remarkably short history as a wine region.  The first significant plantings here were in the late 1960s.  Growth has been spectacular: there are now around 200 producers, with more than 5000 hectares under vine.
 
Cool by Australian standards, the climate is Mediterranean with significant maritime influence; most vineyards are only a few miles from the Indian Ocean.  Perhaps inspired by the west-facing coastal location, Bordeaux varieties are the stars here.
 
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted black grape, with Merlot coming a close third to Australia’s ever-present Shiraz.  The region’s reputation was built on the quality of its Cabernets and red Bordeaux blends.
 
Surprisingly then, there’s actually more land planted with white grapes.  In keeping with the Bordeaux influence, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are the main ones, with Chardonnay coming a close third.  Semillon/Sauvignon blends are a particular speciality, and some of Australia’s best Chardonnay comes from here too.

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