Upper Reach

Upper Reach

One of the most impressive names in the Swan Valley, Upper Reach is a family-owned winery with a strong emphasis on estate-grown fruit. The owner Derek Pearse is very hands-on in the vineyard and winery. The wines are fresh, vibrant and full of flavour reflecting the vintage and the vineyard. An extensive renovation to the cellar and Broads Restaurant with its Mediterranean-style food adds to the must-see venue.

Upper Reach verdelho 2016 ($20)

A burst of tropical fruit aromas greet the first sniff of this classic Swan Valley staple. The variety works so well and this is another beauty. The palate is chock full of sweet ripe fruit balanced with a crisp acid with the finish dry and persistent.

SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 3 years

Upper Reach semillon 2016 ($25)

This is a slightly less opulent and obvious wine to the previous vintage. It still gets the 100 per cent new French oak fermentation, but the result this time is a more linear and tightly framed wine. Retains a delightful freshness with a few years in the cellar the best way to capture the real qualities of the wine.

SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 6 years

Upper Reach tempranillo 2015 ($30)

Best of the West 2017 – Tempranillo
The fruit for this first-rate tempranillo is sourced from the Chittering Valley. Has a lifted cherry and light raspberry character with a touch of savoury oak. The palate is medium bodied with a linear mouthfeel of savoury dry tannins and subtle oak adding to the cherry and raspberry flavours of the fruit. Thoroughly enjoyable wine for the short term.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 4 years

Upper Reach Reserve shiraz 2014 ($38)

Dense and hugely concentrated expression of Swan Valley shiraz. Aromas of liqueur chocolate and savoury ripe plum with a trace of licorice. The palate is thick and dense with a rich dark chocolate and savoury plum flavour. Plenty of oak in support and the tannins are ripe and supportive. Slightly syrupy finish. Go with some hearty fare for this one.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 10 years

Upper Reach cabernet sauvignon 2014 ($45)

This wine comes from Margaret River. Loaded with ripe and sweet blackcurrant fruit, some dark plum and a little liqueur orange rind-like character. Palate is dense and concentrated while the tannins are ripe. Neat oak infusion holds the line.

SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 7 years

OWNERS
Derek Pearse and Laura Pearse
WINEMAKERS
Derek Pearse
ESTABLISHED
1996
VINEYARD LOCATION
Swan Valley
ANNUAL CRUSH
70 tonnes
VARIETIES
Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Semillon, Verdelho, Grenache, Tempranillo, Merlot, Petit Verdot

CELLAR DOOR
77 Memorial Avenue, Baskerville
OPEN
Monday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm
WINE PRICES
$18 – 45
PHONE
9296 0078
EMAIL
info@upperreach.com.au
WEBSITE
www.upperreach.com.au
DISTRIBUTION
Cellar Door, Mail Order, Online

RAY'S WINE GUIDE 2017