About Domaine Naturaliste

DOMAINE NATURALISTE

After nearly three decades working closely with producers in Margaret River, Western Australia, renowned winemaker Bruce Dukes launched Domaine Naturaliste – his own range of highly acclaimed wines.

An homage to the region where he honed his craft, Domaine Naturaliste is a space for Bruce to demonstrate his mastery of the classic Margaret River varietals. Applying decades of international and local knowledge spanning terroir, fruit selection, palate and aroma, Domaine Naturaliste wines are balanced, complex and delicious.

PHILOSOPHY

Bruce knows that truly great wine is created from the ground up. Crediting his time spent studying Agricultural Science at the University of Western Australia with shaping his values and practices, Bruce approaches winemaking with the passion of an Agronomist. Beginning with a deep understanding of soils and sustainable farming practices, it is Bruce’s belief that a holistic approach reaps the greatest rewards, both for the wine and the environment.

With intuitive flair based on decades of experience, Bruce strikes a tender balance between taste, fragrance and texture. His passion for agriculture, respect for process and true artistry makes for an exceptional drinking experience, each and every time.

Domaine Naturaliste

After nearly three decades working closely with producers in Margaret River, renowned winemaker Bruce Dukes launched Domaine Naturaliste – his own range of highly acclaimed wines. Domaine Naturaliste is a space for Dukes to demonstrate his mastery of the classic Margaret River varietals. Applying decades of international and local knowledge spanning terroir, fruit selection, palate and aroma, Domaine Naturaliste wines are balanced and complex.

OWNERS : Bruce Dukes
WINEMAKERS : Bruce Dukes and Remi Guise
ESTABLISHED : 2012
VINEYARD LOCATION : Margaret River
ANNUAL CRUSH  : 300 tonnes
VARIETIES : Chardonnay, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc

WINE PRICES : $24 – 85
PHONE : 9755 1188
EMAIL : info@domainenaturaliste.com.au
WEBSITE : www.domainenaturaliste.com.au
DISTRIBUTION : Cellar Door, Retail, Wholesaler, Online


Domaine Naturaliste Sauvage sauvignon blanc semillon 2015 ($30)

Bruce Dukes makes one of the most interesting and distinctive versions of this blend. The clever use of yeast lees to influence the palate and aromas is a feature of the wine. The dominant variety is savvy, but about a quarter semillon adds a lovely lemon lift. Slightly more restrained than the 2014. The oak impact is subtle.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 10 Years

Domaine Naturaliste Artus chardonnay 2015 ($45)

Cracking good chardonnay here. Layered complexity with nectarine and brioche, a trace of nougat and lemon curd with a beautiful minerally edge. The palate just powers along with penetrating driving flavours that Dukes has built with some astute winemaking. Love this wine.
SCORE 97/100 CELLAR 10 years

Domaine Naturaliste Morus cabernet sauvignon 2014 ($85)

Super fine and most stylish cabernet from Bruce Dukes. Aromas are beguiling with smoky gunflint and graphite with those ripe sweet fruits of mulberries. The palate is supple, but with a tight firm core in support. Beautifully integrated and a classic defined cabernet that says Margaret River.
SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 15 years

MARGARET RIVER

Cradled by the Indian and Great Southern Oceans, the Margaret River wine region enjoys a gentle maritime climate of cool wet winters and warm dry summers. Plentiful, pure water and idyllic Indian summers provide superb growing conditions for many grape varietals and is also superb for people.

The region’s geologically ancient decomposed granite soils are well suited to grape growing. Combined with the favourable climate and own-rooted grape cultivars, the vines and wines are alive with a vivid core flavour and generous texture. Bruce and his team ensure healthy soils and balanced vines to produce the finest quality fruit.

Wine Making Process

Wine Making

Fruit is harvested based on flavours and natural acidity. A third of the blend is fermented and aged for 2 months on lees in seasoned French oak barrels to enhance mouth feel and to introduce complexion elements, while the balance is cool fermented in stainless steel to retain freshness.

Our Winemakers

 

Our Winemaker

BRUCE DUKES

Bruce draws on decades of local and international winemaking experience – including four years at Francis Ford Coppola’s Niebaum-Coppola winery in California and a significant tenure at Pierro Winery locally. His time spent in California helped Bruce hone his exacting and confident approach. His winemaking philosophy is best described by wine expert Professor Steven Kolpan who noted in his book ‘A Sense of Place’ that, “Bruce Dukes articulates the art and science of winemaking with elegance and ease. Bruce knows that the nest wines are made vine by vine, berry by berry…”

A University of Western Australia trained Agronomist with a master’s degree in Viticulture and Oenology from the University of California, science underpins Bruce’s approach to selecting fruit. The combination of his passion, artistic and intuitive flair make Bruce the gifted winemaker he is. Bruce’s passion for the region extends to his home life. Living at the base of Cape Naturaliste in the northern end of Margaret River with wife, Wendy, and sons, Oscar and Tim.

Cellar Door

61 Hairpin Rd Cnr Bussell Hwy and Hairpin Rd
Carbunup River
Western Australia, 6280

CONTACT

Phone 9755 1188
Fax 9755 1199
info@domainenaturaliste.com.au

Website

www.domainenaturaliste.com.au

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