Soil more than toil, climate more than cleverness, grapes more than skill: these are what make great wines.
Man is merely nature’s tool. And while nature needs good tools – any great wine – as our own Courtney Treacher
says – is hers; never who signs the back label.
This philosophy led us in 1983 to a special part of Margaret River.
A valley through which the Wilyabrup Brook runs.
Here existed an essential requirement. One that gives viticulturalist – Steve Kirby – goosebumps: Granite-rich soil. Held together by organic matter courtesy of the long cultivation on one of the oldest parcels of farmed land in this famed region.What Margaret River is to the wine world, this valley would be to Margaret River.
North-east facing, wind-shielded, and with a microclimate kind to vines and all the juice they bear, the place promised a lot. Two decades later it was delivering.
James Halliday pronounced Brookland Valley Winery of the Year in 2009:
“The winemaking philosophy at Brookland Valley is simple – select the best vineyard sites, don’t interfere too much during the winemaking process and allow the regional and varietal characteristics to shine through.” More recently Outstanding Winery, 5 Red Stars, James Halliday Wine Companion 2012, and 2013 was added to the provenance.
It’s interesting how the might of the Indian Ocean, with her cooling sea breezes, works together with a babbling brook called Wilyabrup to give Brookland Valley its singular terroir.
Interesting that a ‘minimal interference’ winemaker is behind a winery of such big influence.