Frog Choir Wines is a boutique, family-owned vineyard in Margaret River. Blessed with consistently high-quality fruit, its hand-picked, medal-winning red wines are made by Bruce Dukes. Carefully aged in a blend of oak, its classic blends will impress.
RAY JORDAN WINE GUIDE 2016
Frog Choir Wines is a family run business, located in one of the premium viticultural areas of the world, the renowned Margaret River wine growing region.
Located just 6 kilometres from the Margaret River townsite, Frog Choir is nestled between iconic ultra premium wineries Leeuwin Estate, Voyager Estate, Xanadu and Redgate Wines. READ MORE….
Frog Choir Wines
Frog Choir Wines is a boutique family-owned vineyard in Margaret River. Blessed with consistently high-quality fruit, its hand-picked, medal-winning red wines are made by Bruce Dukes of Naturaliste Vintners. Carefully aged in a blend of oak, its classic blends will impress
OWNERS : Chasse Holdings Pty Ltd WINEMAKERS : Bruce Dukes ESTABLISHED : 1997 VINEYARD LOCATION : Margaret River ANNUAL CRUSH : 3-4 tonnes VARIETIES : Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz
CELLAR DOOR : Tastings upon request at Redgate Wines, 659 Boodjidup Road, Margaret River OPEN : Monday – Sunday (except Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday), 10am – 4.30pm WINE PRICES : $27 – 30 PHONE : 0427 777 787 EMAIL : email@example.com WEBSITE : www.frogchoir.com DISTRIBUTION : Cellar Door , Online, Other
Frog Choir shiraz cabernet 2010 ($27)
This wine just gets better each year as it moves into its secondary stage of development, but with plenty still left in the tank. The stronger savoury earthy dominance of the shiraz provides plenty of drive for this excellent red blend. Previous wines have been cabernet dominant and this adds a new dimension to the style. Rich dark chocolate and earthy savoury plum flavours. It’s dense and lush with liberal use of oak to support with powerful fruit. SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 6 Years
Frog Choir shiraz cabernet 2011 ($27)
Balanced and complex shiraz cabernet blend from an underrated small producer. Savoury spicy plums and deep blackcurrant merge seamlessly with the support of grainy tannins and a subtle lick of oak. There’s some rather nice chocolate and mocha characters with a delicate clove-like nuance. Picking up a rather nice black olive character. Ideal for drinking over the next few years. Lush and opulent palate developing nicely. Still with so much plush fruit. SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 6 years
Frog Choir shiraz cabernet 2012 ($27)
Slightly riper than previous vintages and showing a deep and penetrating fruit power. Dark chocolate, blackcurrant and plums with a spicy overlay. This is still very much the Frog Choir style. A trace of licorice and even a lick of liqueur cherries captures it perfectly. SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 6 years
Frog Choir’s winemaker, Bruce Dukes of Naturaliste Vintners was named ‘West Australian Winemaker of the Year 2011’ by Wines of Western Australia, brings over a quarter of a century of grape growing and winemaking experience to the table.
A University of Western Australia trained agronomist with a master’s degree in viticulture and oenology from the University of California, David, science underpins Bruce’s approach to fruit selection and winemaking practices. However, he is quick to point out that successful winemaking relies just as much on intuition. While completing his master’s degree Bruce worked as the Assistant Winemaker for Francis Ford Coppola at the historic Neibaum-Coppola Estate.
Professor Steven Kolpan succinctly captured Bruce’s approach to winemaking when he wrote:
“He (Bruce Dukes) articulates the art and science of winemaking with elegance and ease. Dukes knows the finest wines are made vine by vine, berry by berry.”
Bruce credits his training with grounding him in environmental science and shaping his values and practices as a winemaker. “We were trained to approach agriculture in a holistic way. It is our responsibility to sustainably conduct agriculture, while respecting the related ecosystems, with the final objective of leaving that land in better health for the next generation.”
This is the exact priority with Frog Choir. Indeed, the name says it all. Frogs are like the canary in the coal mine for agriculture, as frogs are very sensitive to adverse conditions. We view the presence of the frogs as sign of biological health for our vines and their surrounds.
Frog Choir is a family run business located in one of the premium viticultural areas on the world, the renowned Margaret River wine growing region.
The Margaret River wine region benefits from a maritime climate with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers which, combined with free draining granite soils, forms ideal grape growing conditions. The Frog Choir vineyard enjoys a unique macro climate as the refreshing sea breezes from the nearby Indian and Southern Oceans maintain a moderate temperature during growing season.
Located just 6 kilometres form the Margaret River townsite, Frog Choir is nestled between iconic ultra-premium wineries Leeuwin Estate, Voyager Estate, Xanadu Wines and Redgate Wines.
Frog Choir is one of the smallest vineyards in the regions with only a few acres under vine. The vineyard produces only cabernet sauvignon and shiraz grapes, from which our award winning classic Australian red blends are created.
Wine Making Process
The winemaking philosophy at Frog Choir is simple – to achieve flavoursome wines that demonstrate a balance between the primary fruit flavours and textures that our unique vineyard produces and the nuances of quality winemaking.
To achieve these goals takes careful attention to detail and close monitoring of what is occurring in the vineyard throughout the year. Each season provides its own unique balance of flavours, and the fruit is monitored constantly during ripening to ensure it is harvested when the varietal fruit flavours and textures are at their very best.
Our Frog Choir Shiraz Cabernet cuvee is a classic Australian field blend from our meticulously farmed home block vineyard. We strive to do most of the winemaking in the vineyard, working with open canopies which allow our fruit to gradually ripen over the entire growing season.
Our wine is completely handmade, from the vine pruning to the hand harvesting of our fruit, to the hand plunging of our small batch open ferment field blend.
Oak plays an important role in our Winemaking Philosophy. We believe that oak should be an accompaniment to wine, not dominate it. To achieve this we search for the right Cooper that uses only well seasoned oak of evenly matched grain density in their barrels. This results in an underlying palate structure in the wine that supports and sustains the flavours and textures, rather than over-riding them.
635 Boodjidup Road Wilyabrup Western Australia, 6285