About Brown Hill Estate

Brown Hill’s 24-hectare vineyard was established in 1997 in joint partnership with Jim, Gwen and their son Nathan Bailey, who is this Margaret River winery’s winemaker.

With a close connection to Kalgoorlie, the vineyard landscape reminded Jim and Gwen of their childhood stomping grounds around the gold mines of Kalgoorlie. Brown Hill was the claim that made the Golden Mile famous and Jim remembers going with his father to water their vegetable patch by diverting water from the old Brown Hill mine site. Four generations of Baileys lived in the Goldfields with close ties to Brown Hill, so it seemed only natural to give the winery the same name.

Many of Brown Hill’s wines, which are all estate grown, also take their names from famous gold mines or miners in the Kalgoorlie area.

RAY JORDAN WINE GUIDE 2016

The Bailey family is involved in all stages of wine production, with minimum outside help. Their stated aim is to produce top-quality wines at affordable prices, via uncompromising viticultural practices emphasising low yields. They have shiraz and cabernet sauvignon (8ha each), semillon, sauvignon blanc and merlot (2ha each). The quality of the best wines in the portfolio is exemplary, and the value for money of the wines selling for less than $20 is mouth-watering. Read More…….

History

 

Brown Hill’s 24-hectare vineyard was established in 1997 in joint partnership with Jim, Gwen and their son Nathan Bailey, who is this Margaret River winery’s winemaker.

With a close connection to Kalgoorlie, the vineyard landscape reminded Jim and Gwen of their childhood stomping grounds around the gold mines of Kalgoorlie. Brown Hill was the claim that made the Golden Mile famous and Jim remembers going with his father to water their vegetable patch by diverting water from the old Brown Hill mine site. Four generations of Baileys lived in the Goldfields with close ties to Brown Hill, so it seemed only natural to give the winery the same name.

Many of Brown Hill’s wines, which are all estate grown, also take their names from famous gold mines or miners in the Kalgoorlie area.

OUR VINEYARDS

 

Located about 12 kilometres south east of Margaret River, Brown Hill’s vineyard is planted to cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, merlot, malbec, sauvignon blanc, semillon and chardonnay.

We wholeheartedly believe in the maxim that ‘great wine is made in the vineyard’, so we don’t irrigate our vines, instead leaving them to reap the benefits of the harsh, gravelly (lateritic) soils and the warm, sunny climate.

We treat our grapes and the vineyard environment with the upmost respect – all the fruit is hand picked and hand sorted at harvest time.

Being dry grown, the vines are stressed to direct what little water they get into their fruit. This results in small, intensely flavoured grapes – our cabernet grapes are smaller than peas! – which lead, of course, to deeply coloured, intensely flavoured wines.

It also leads to significantly lower yields than the Margaret River average, which is 4-5 tonnes per acre. The yield for our Reserve wines is only 0.8 tonnes per acre, and 1.5 tonnes per acre for everything else, even our everyday drinking wines. This explains why Brown Hill’s wines are in limited supply.

Our Vineyards

Located about 12 kilometres south east of Margaret River, our vineyard is planted to cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, merlot, malbec, sauvignon blanc, semillon and chardonnay.

We wholeheartedly believe in the maxim that ‘great wine is made in the vineyard’ so we don’t irrigate our vines, instead leaving them to reap the benefits of the harsh, gravelly (lateritic) soils and the warm, sunny climate.

Being dry grown, the vines are stressed to direct what little water they get into their fruit. This results in small, intensely flavoured grapes – our cabernet grapes are smaller than peas! – which lead, of course, to deeply coloured, intensely flavoured wines.

It also leads to significantly lower yields than the Margaret River average, which is 4-5 tonnes per acre. The yield for our Reserve wines is only 0.8 tonnes per acre, and 1.5 tonnes per acre for everything else, even our everyday drinking wines.

Wine Making Process

CONTACT

Phone 08 9757 4003
cellardoor@brownhillestate.com.au

Website

www.brownhillestate.com.au

Cellar Door

925 Rosa Brook Road,
Rosa Brook
Western Australia, 6285

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