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About Brown Hill Estate

This small family-run Margaret River producer has gone from strength to strength with a range of exceptional quality and value-for-money wines. The vines are all dry grown and are located on quite harsh gravelly soils, resulting in small yields. All grapes are handpicked and hand sorted on the sorting table. The reds are aged in a high percentage of new French oak. Great value and super wines.

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.

Author: JAMES HALLIDAY

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.

Part of the magic that makes Brown Hill Estate so special can be attributed to its home town. Rosa Brook is a small, charming village that lies 280km south of Perth and is just a short ten minute drive from Margaret River. Its major landmarks are one little general store and a community hall, but the soul of the land and the locals is beyond measure, making a visit to this town and its surrounding area a real treat for the wine and food-loving traveller.

Traditionally a dairy and lamb farming area, Rosa Brook has recently been brought to life by an energetic viticultural industry. Meander through the town and its surrounds to discover some cellar doors with interesting wines and picturesque vineyards. Rosa Brook locals are foodies as well – sample the amazing food produce just ripe for the picking, from olive oil, goats cheese, organic lamb and beef to berry jam and fresh fruit, all available at the local Margaret River farmers’ markets every week. Or why not go horse-riding through the gorgeous green landscape, uncover local art or get back to nature with a picnic in the national parklands.

A few character-filled chalets and bed and breakfasts are scattered through the lush rolling hills of Rosa Brook making for a relaxing getaway. The laid-back lifestyle of this small village makes it impossible not to de-stress and live like one of the tight-knit locals for which this area is well known.

The down-to-earth, friendly spirit of the town is reflected in Brown Hill Estate’s wines, made with traditional boutique winemaking methods and loads of attention to detail. After a day’s touring through the village and its surrounds or the wider Margaret River region, take a seat at our table, the large jarrah slab resting on oak barrels and savour the wines in our tasting room.

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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