About Evans & Tate

Under a rich and bright Margaret River sun, rows of vines create fireworks of colour across the rugged Australian landscape. The ground underfoot subtly rises and falls, as 35 year old vines whisper a story that begins with a single vineyard, our home at Redbrook.

It was 1974 when John Evans and John Tate spotted a promising piece of land on the northern bank of the Wilyabrup River. Known for its well-drained gravel soils, Mediterranean climate and maritime location, vines were planted the following year. Since these beginnings the winemaking philosophy of Evans & Tate has focused on maximising fruit quality in the vineyard, along with producing wines which are stylish and refined.

RAY JORDAN WINE GUIDE 2016

Renowned agricultural scientist, Dr John Gladstone, pinpoints Margaret River as perfect for premium wine growing.

In “The Climate and Soils of South Western Australia in Relation to Vine Growing” he shows the similarities in climate and soil to the famed region of Bordeaux in France.

HISTORY

Evans & Tate

Pioneering winemakers Evans & Tate have been crafting distinctive wines since 1970. The winemaking philosophy of Evans & Tate has focused on maximising fruit quality in the vineyard, along with producing wines which are stylish and refined. Aquired by the Fogarty Wine Group in late 2017

OWNERS : Fogarty Wine Group
WINEMAKERS : Matthew Byrne
ESTABLISHED : 1974
VINEYARD LOCATION : Margaret River
VARIETIES : Chardonnay, Semillon, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc

CELLAR DOOR  : Metricup Road and Caves Road, Margaret River
OPEN  : Thursday – Monday, 10.30am – 5pm
WINE PRICES : $12 – 100
PHONE : 9755 6244
EMAIL : cellardoor@evansandtate.com.au
WEBSITE : www.evansandtate.com.au
DISTRIBUTION : Cellar Door, Retail, Online

Evans & Tate Metricup Road chardonnay 2016 ($24)

A lightly flavoured young chardonnay with a neat merging of lemony citrus characters, grapefruit and cashew. The palate is bright and crunchy with a little oak influence. Crisp white peach characters add further complexity
SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 5 Years

Evans & Tate Redbrook chardonnay 2014 ($49)

This has been picked early to create a finer style of supreme elegance. There’s a slightly creamy texture with white peach and pear character supplemented with roasted cashew and light charry oak. Very long finish is a feature.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 8 years

Evans and Tate Classic sauvignon blanc 2017 ($18)

Cute as a button savvy displaying all those lifted snow pea and light herbaceous characters of this variety. It has a light purity about it with a clean crisp long finish. Thoroughly enjoyable wine for current drinking
SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 2 years

Evans & Tate Metricup Road cabernet merlot 2015 ($24)

Perfumed notes of violet and red berry with a chocolaty blackcurrant overtone. The palate is rich and juicy with lots of black fruit characters. Oak and tannin balance is good. It’s a medium to full-bodied wine ideal for drinking in the medium term.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 8 years

Evans & Tate Redbrook shiraz 2013 ($49)

Such concentrated shiraz fruit in here. Deep plum and traces of blackcurrant with ripe prune tones. A deeply concentrated and powerful wine with coffee grinds and dark chocolate, black fruits and a savoury gamey character. This has the structure and fruit to handle extended cellaring.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 20 years

Evans & Tate Redbrook cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($49)

A super fine and brilliantly elegant cabernet that captures the variety and the region to perfection. Beautifully seductive aroma of violets and red currant with some deep plumminess. The palate is dense and stylish with a fine balance of fruit oak and tannin. Has complex meaty characters merging with the vibrant blackcurrant fruit.

SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 15 years

Redbrook Vineyard

Our original vineyard was planted with Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon in 1974 and named ‘Redbrook’ after our founder, John Tate’s, beloved dachshund. Nestled in the heart of the Wilyabrup wine region in Margaret River, our founders selected the site because of its well-drained gravel soils and maritime-influenced Mediterranean climate. These unique, natural characteristics enables the production of first-class wines.

The Wilyabrup region is renowned today for being the source of some of Australia’s best Cabernet Sauvignons and our Redbrook vineyard is no exception. The 2009 Redbrook Cabernet Sauvignon was a triple Trophy Winner at the prestigious 2013 International Wine Challenge in London, for example.

Our Redbrook Vineyard is home to some of the oldest vines in Margaret River and the Evans & Tate wines, now sourced from all across Margaret River, take inspiration from this historic parcel of land.

Wine Making Process

MATTHEW BYRNE | Senior Winemaker
MATTHEW BYRNE | Senior Winemaker

As Evans & Tate Winemaker, Matthew Byrne plays a pivotal role in driving the stylistic development and quality across Evans & Tate’s award-winning portfolio of wine.

It is a role he has had since joining the winery in 2001. Throughout that time Evans & Tate has enjoyed outstanding wine show success through an emphasis on site selection, vineyard management and wine style evolution.

Matthew has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) from Charles Sturt University and Associate Degree in Viticulture and Bachelor of Horticulture (Horticulture Management) (Honours) from Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia.

He began his career 18 years ago and has completed vintages in Margaret River and Mildura, in Australia, and Koelenhof, South Africa, and Felton, California, USA.

Matthew is also a recognised judge on the Australian wine show circuit. He has been a Senior Judge at the Royal Perth Wine Show for the past three years, as well as at the Qantas Wine Show of WA, Swan Valley Wine Show and the Margaret River Wine Show.

Matthew has also been a Judge at the Cairns, Geographe and Blackwood Valley Wine shows.

He was named as one Wine Business Magazine’s 50 Stars of 2013 after an incredible year, which saw Evans & Tate dominate the Qantas Wine Show of WA and take home 7 trophies.

Matthew is based in Margaret River and is a passionate surfer, diver and fishing enthusiast. When he’s not making wine Matthew can usually be found at the beach or on a boat.

 

JODIE OPIE | Winemaker
JODIE OPIE | Winemaker
A recent recruit to Evans & Tate, Winemaker Jodie Opie is a welcome addition to the wine production team.

While studying towards a Bachelor of Science (Human Biology) from Edith Cowan University in WA a unit in microbiology coupled with a practical placement at a top Margaret River winery ignited Jodie’s passion for winemaking and led Jodie to forfeit her ambitions of a career in medical research. Jodie then relocated to Adelaide where she also completed a Bachelor of Science (Oenology) from the University of Adelaide.

Over two decades later and Jodie’s passion for winemaking is as strong as ever. She says; “Wine is just such a unique and varied product and the challenge of getting it right is what keeps me intrigued vintage after vintage.”

And her passion for making wine has been focused on the Margaret River region where she’s held winemaking positions with a host of the region’s top producers and she’s been inspired and mentored by many of the region’s most influential winemakers. Additionally, Jodie has exported her own wine to the UK and has lectured in winemaking units at Margaret River TAFE.

And although Jodie can boast a range of accolades for wines she’s produced over the years and says; “I do get an enormous kick from seeing wine that I’ve made get a trophy or medal…” she goes on to assert; “…but my best judge will always be how much a consumer enjoys wine that I’ve made.”

When Jodie isn’t making wine, you’ll find her tending to her over-sized veggie patch, relishing time with her family (which includes fifteen-year-old dog Billy), cooking, enjoying great wine and watching Rugby Union.

Wine Making Process

Our Winemakers

 

As Evans & Tate Winemaker, Matthew Byrne plays a pivotal role in driving the stylistic development and quality across Evans & Tate’s award-winning portfolio of wine.

It is a role he has had since joining the winery in 2001. Throughout that time Evans & Tate has enjoyed outstanding wine show success through an emphasis on site selection, vineyard management and wine style evolution.

Matthew has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) from Charles Sturt University and Associate Degree in Viticulture and Bachelor of Horticulture (Horticulture Management) (Honours) from Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia.

He began his career 18 years ago and has completed vintages in Margaret River and Mildura, in Australia, and Koelenhof, South Africa, and Felton, California, USA.

Matthew is also a recognised judge on the Australian wine show circuit. He has been a Senior Judge at the Royal Perth Wine Show for the past three years, as well as at the Qantas Wine Show of WA, Swan Valley Wine Show and the Margaret River Wine Show.

Matthew has also been a Judge at the Cairns, Geographe and Blackwood Valley Wine shows.

He was named as one Wine Business Magazine’s 50 Stars of 2013 after an incredible year, which saw Evans & Tate dominate the Qantas Wine Show of WA and take home 7 trophies.

Matthew is based in Margaret River and is a passionate surfer, diver and fishing enthusiast. When he’s not making wine Matthew can usually be found at the beach or on a boat.

Evans & Tate

Corner Caves and Metricup Roads Wilyabrup, Margaret River Wilyabrup, Margaret River Western Australia, 6280

CONTACT

Phone 9755 6244
cellardoor@evansandtate.com.au

Website

http://evansandtate.com.au/

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