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’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