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.

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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.

Brown Hill Estate

This small family-run southern 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 on quite harsh gravelly soils, resulting in small yields. All grapes are hand-picked. The reds are put into a high percentage of new American and French oak. Great value and super wines.

OWNERS : Bailey Family
WINEMAKERS : Nathan Bailey and Haydn Millard
ESTABLISHED : 1994
VINEYARD LOCATION : Margaret River
ANNUAL CRUSH : 30 tonnes
VARIETIES : Chardonnay, Semillon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc

CELLAR DOOR : 925 Rose Brook Road, Rosa Brook
OPEN : Monday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
WINE PRICES : $19 – 65
PHONE : 9757 4003
EMAIL : cellardoor@brownhillestate.com.au
WEBSITE : www.brownhillestate.com.au
DISTRIBUTION : Cellar Door, Online, Mail Order, Retail

Brown Hill Lakeview sauvignon blanc semillon 2017 ($23)

Perfect example of the SBS style from Margaret River. Crisp and keen with loads of passionfruit and ripe crunchy melon characters. Clean bracing acidity keeps it focused to the finish. Lovely drink in the first year.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 3 Years

Brown Hill Jubilee semillon 2016 ($27)

Bravo. I love semillon and it’s good to see this one introduced into the range. Has a creamy texture with lemon sorbet fruit characters. There’s a little orange rind and creamy richness on the palate. Gets some time in used French oak and this has added to the palate.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 6 years

Brown Hill Golden Horseshoe Reserve chardonnay 2016 ($35)

Probably the best chardonnay from this small producer. Aromas of lime and light stone fruit with a trace of crunchy melon. It’s a medium-bodied wine with the oak deliberately underplayed, though still taking an important role. Nice edge to the finish.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 5 years

Brown Hill Hannans cabernet sauvignon 2015 ($24)

Gosh, this is a good-value red wine, considering its exceptional quality. Loads of cherry and blackcurrant aromas with a hint of cedary oak. The oak influence is gentle, with the 15 months in older French oak complementing the fruit perfectly. Fine chalky tannins and a structure and fruit intensity to handle extended cellaring.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 10 years

Brown Hill Fimiston Reserve shiraz 2015 ($35)

Powerful yet refined shiraz from these dry-grown vines south of Margaret River town. Deep plum and black cherry characters on the nose and palate. Chocolaty with a sprinkle of pepper. Tannins management is excellent. An example of how these guys have refined the reds in recent years.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 15 years

Brown Hill Ivanhoe Reserve cabernet sauvignon 2015 ($35)

Wonderfully stylish and expressive dry grown cabernet from the south of Margaret River. Masses of deep penetrating dark chocolate and blackcurrant richness. It’s a multi-layered wine with the oak and tannin balance spot on. One of the softest Brown Hills I have tasted and further evidence of refinement and tweaking in the winemaking to capture these qualities
SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 15 years

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.

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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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