About John Kosovich Wines

John Kosovich Wines was established in 1922 and operated as Westfield Wines until 2003 when the decision was made to change the name to honour John Kosovich’s 50th vintage. It is the third oldest winery operating in the Swan Valley and the oldest still run by the original family, situated approximately half an hour north of Perth.

In 2017 we celebrate our 95th anniversary.

John Kosovich was awarded the Order of Australia medal in 1995 for his contribution to the wine industry.

In 2004 he won the prestigious Jack Mann Medal in that same year the winery was awarded the Best West Australian Small Producer at the Perth Royal Wine Show.

Our History

John Kosovich Wines was established in 1922 by Johns father Jack and his brothers, who emigrated from Croatia shortly before the outbreak of World War 1.

After working cutting railway sleepers in the states South West and then in the gold mines of Kalgoorlie, and operated as Westfield Wines the current property was purchased in 1922, with the first original vines planted in that year still gracing the entrance to the winery.

The underground cellar was dug by Jack and his brothers with help form neighbours and their trusty Draft horses to do the bulk of the heavy moving. An impressive 7m long White Gum beam was cut from a tree felled by Jack in the hills east of the property and remains the main supporting structure for the cellar ‘roof’ and the broad ave used by Jack to shape the beam hands from it today.

John took over the winemaking at the tender age of 15 more by necessity than a conscious decision to become a winemaker, and in the early days sweet whites (sherry) sold to the Aussies and some ‘rough red’ that found its way to the local Croatian and European community remained the staple of the busniess.

John realised that these wines were not right for the Perth climate, and in the early 1960’s made the bold move to change the vineyard to begin producing dry white wine. Riesling was one of the first new varieties plantes, with Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Verdelho following.

The winery operated under the name Westfield Wines up until 2003 when the decision was made to change the name to honour John Kosovich’s 50th vintage.

In 1995 John Kosovich was awarded the Order of Australia medal for his contribution to the wine industry.

In 2004 he won the prestigious Jack Mann Medal for services to the Western Australian wine industry and in that same year the winery was awarded the Best West Australian Small Producer at the Perth Royal Wine.

John Kosovich Wines

John Kosovich has a reputation for quality wines over a long period, unmatched by any other contemporary traditional Swan Valley maker. The wines have been consistent medal winners at national and local wine shows. One of the first Swan producers to achieve success with chardonnay. A property at Pemberton is contributing to the range. The fortifieds are simply stunning.

OWNERS : Kosovich family
WINEMAKERS : Anthony Kosovich
ESTABLISHED : 1922
VINEYARD LOCATION : Swan Valley and Pemberton
VARIETIES : Chardonnay, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Verdelho, Shiraz, Pinot Noir

CELLAR DOOR : 180 Memorial Avenue, Baskerville
OPEN : Wednesday – Monday, 10am – 4.30pm
WINE PRICES : $20 – 155
PHONE : 9296 4356
EMAIL : westfield@westnet.com.au
WEBSITE  : www.johnkosovichwines.com.au
DISTRIBUTION : Cellar Door, Wholesaler, Mail Order, Retail

John Kosovich chenin blanc 2011 ($35)

Exquisite example of this Swan Valley variety. Slightly honeyed, but still so fresh with a cutting lime edge and a sprightly acidity sustaining the long palate. Beautiful toasty influences with stone fruit and honeysuckle lemon blossom. So well balanced and still with some years ahead of it.

SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 5 years

John Kosovich Reserve cabernet malbec 2014 ($40)

Balance and palate presentation are perennial features of Kosovich wines. They caress and persuade rather than knock you over, and this marvelous blend of 85 per cent cabernet and 15 of malbec is a perfect example. It’s more medium bodied with a floral opening on the nose and a thoroughly, deliciously engaging palate composition. Grainy fine tannins and excellent supplementary oak work perfectly with the fruit.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 10 years

John Kosovich Rare muscat ($110/375ml)

Thankfully I tasted this at the end of the day and needless to say I didn’t leave much in the bottle. Glorious statement of this famous Swan Valley style. Multi-layered complexity of toffee and luscious honey and raisins. There’s stone fruit, vanilla bean and licorice swirling through the thick unctuous palate. Has been freshened with some younger material to add some zip to the finish. Average age of the wine is 25 years, with the base blend of vintages between 1974 and 1996. Quite simply outstanding.

SCORE 98/100 CELLAR indefinitely


Wine Making Process

Arch takes care of the wine production at John Kosovich Wines having started full time since 1994. Styles developed over this time have included the Cabernet Malbec Reserve, Pemberton Chardonnay, and Bottle Aged Chenin. John Kosovich produces wines from our original Swan Valley vineyard est. 1922 as well as our plantings in the Pemberton region est. 1989.

A real gem in the portfolio is the Rare Muscat and 1974 Muscat fortifieds gaining extremely high ratings and awards consistently.
Arch is also a very keen wine judge having judged at many wine shows during his time as winemaker.
Come and see the man himself at Part One of the Battle of the Valleys

Our Winemakers

 

We aim to remain as an established boutique family owned and run winery which consistently produces a small quantity of exceptional, full flavoured elegant wines which reflect the unique qualities of the Swan Vallay and Pemberton regions of Western Australia Our famous Chardonnays, Cabernets and Liqueur wines are testament to our commitment and vision.

John Kosovich Wines

180 Memorial Avenue, Baskerville Western Australia, 6055

CONTACT

Phone 9296 4356

http://www.johnkosovichwines.com.au/home.html

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