Cowaramup Wines is in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, on the upper reaches of picturesque Ellensbrook. Established in 1995 by the Reynolds family, organic and biodynamic practices were used to harness the natural biodiversity of this unique location, maximising the quality and flavours in the vines they now produce.
OWNERS : Russell Reynolds and Marilyn Reynolds
WINEMAKERS : Bruce Dukes and Anthony Reynolds
ESTABLISHED : 1995
ANNUAL CRUSH : 60 tonnes
VINEYARD LOCATION : 19 Tassel Road, Cowaramup
VARIETIES : Chardonnay, Semillon, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc
CELLAR DOOR : Margaret River Regional Wine Centre, Corner of Bottrill Street and Bussell Highway, Cowaramup
OPEN : Monday – Sunday, 10am – 7pm
WINE PRICES : $15 – 30
PHONE : 9755 5195
EMAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org
WEBSITE : www.cowaramupwines.com.au
DISTRIBUTION : Cellar Door, Online, Mail Order, Retail
The extra year or two has helped develop some beautiful complexity and fruit richness in this blend. It had a small amount of barrel fermentation which is starting to emerge now. Stone fruit and creamy tropical characters on the palate are most appealing. Ideal drinking over the next year or so.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 2 Years
Scented cedarwood, red berry and rose petal greet on the nose. Medium-weight palate with good fruit intensity. Sweet ripe fruit, chalky tannins and a lick or two of oak completes a nice current drinking wine.
SCORE 88/100 CELLAR 3 years
The ever increasing trends of herbicide and pesticide use in modern agriculture has not only killed unwanted pathogens but has also destroyed beneficial soil organisms to the point that the soils are unable to support plant growth. This has resulted in the increased use of chemical fertilisers to compensate for these deficiencies. It has been shown that soils subjected to compaction, treated with water soluble fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides have very little bacteria, no fungi and poor oxygen levels.
Biodynamics is based on strengthening the soils character through the addition of specially developed preparations to increase soil profile whilst connecting this to the earth’s natural rhythms. Each preparation in conjunction with these natural forces stimulates and enhances biological activity to achieve optimum life in the soil.These preparations were first described by Rudolf Steiner in a series lectures in 1924, after requests from farmers of the day, who were experiencing an increasing degeneration of their soil and lack of fertility.
The recognition of some of these vital forces in the soil is now readily understood thanks to Dr Elaine Ingham’s pioneering work on the Soil Food Web. Dr Elaine Ingham, a Soil Microbiologist from Oregon, USA has carried out extensive research into the complex relationships between the community of organisms living in our soils and the health of the plants and crops grown. The aim of Biodynamics is to keep this life in the soil. This is achieved by attracting specific bacteria and fungi that absorb trace elements and nutrients from the soil. These organisms increase the soil’s structure, availablity of nutrients, and oxygen and water holding capacity.
A vineyard should show the characteristics that stem from the unique elements that make up the “terroir“ of the individual site. The wine should be an expression of those elements and the management practices used.
That is why we at Cowaramup Wines, decided in 2001 to employ Biodynamic practices in our vineyard at Ellensbrook to produce wines for the “Clown Fish“ label, that express the true individuality of this site and region. We have a long-term commitment to these practices and can confirm that this is “a much nicer way to farm“.
Since its inception, a strong emphasis has been adopted on implementing biodynamic and organic practices in the vineyard. These practices harness the natural biodiversity within the vineyard in order to maximise quality and freshness in the grapes and is a true expression of the ‘terroir’ of this location. Low yielding practices, trellising and canopy management techniques are combined to produce premium wines of the finest quality.
Clown Fish is the first range of wines produced by Cowaramup Wines. The grapes are sourced solely from the property at Ellensbrook. A real family affair with owners Russell and Marilyn Reynolds overseeing the operation, sons Cameron (Viticulturist) and Anthony (Winemaker) working together to produce fruit of the highest quality. The aim of the Clown Fish series is to produce wines with distinctive Margaret River characters and personality, crafted with the greatest care and attention to detail.