About Silkwood Wines

“THE PHILOSOPHY IN THE WINERY AND THE VINEYARD ARE THE SAME – TO PRODUCE THE FINEST FRUIT POSSIBLE FROM STRONG HEALTHY VINES AND ALLOW THAT FRUIT CHARACTER TO CARRY THROUGH TO THE FINISHED WINE.”

Our team is also dedicated to bringing you a memorable dining and cellar door experience. The Southern Forest region is renowned for its exceptional fresh produce and our seasonal menu created by world class chefs can change daily using only the finest ingredients sourced locally. Silkwood’s lake side restaurant and cellar door is the perfect place to discover our wines

The selection process for establishing Silkwood Wines was based on finding both an ideal climate and soil to produce quality wines.

As early as 1967, Professor Gladstone, a renowned authority on the wine industry, recommended Pemberton as Western Australia’s most suitable wine region. However it was not until 1982 that the first vineyard appeared.

Silkwood was established in 1998. The prevailing temperate climate, gently undulating landscape and the rich gravelly loam soils that overlay the clay base, were all strong deciding features of the selection – quite possibly the same factors that influenced Professor Gladstone’s recommendations.

The vineyard is set amongst magnificent and picturesque Karri and Jarrah forests for which Pemberton is famous.

In 2006 the Bowman family purchased Silkwood Wines and since then the philosophy has always been to produce quality wines first and foremost but why not also create and environment within which to enjoy them.

It was then that the idea to build luxury accommodation on the premises came to fruition and the Silkwood Experience was born. Together with our breathtaking cellar door and restaurant, it is truly an experience to behold.

We are a small team but a passionate one and we are very proud of the widespread acclaim and awards we have won for our wines and to share these with you gives us great pleasure.

Being a boutique winery, we pride ourselves on remaining true to our hearts in producing exceptional quality wine, providing our clients with a truly memorable experience and showcasing the beautiful part of the world that is Pemberton.

THE PLANTINGS

In 1999 the first vines were planted in a North-South orientation to ensure maximum light interception. The trellis system is VSP (Vertical Shoot Position).

Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc were planted first, followed by Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon in 2000.
Having already won widespread acclaim for our premium wines, in 2007 Chardonnay, Semillon, Viogner, Verdelho and Malbec were added, expanding our range of single vineyard varietals.

Grafted rootstocks were selected for plantings to ensure protection against fungal diseases such as phylloxera, which can destroy entire vineyards. Grafted rootstock also reduces excessive vigour in the vines, which focuses the plants energy to producing grapes.

The 23.75ha Vineyard is made up of the following:

  • 4.46ha Shiraz
  • 1.02ha Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1.04ha Merlot
  • 2.71ha Sauvignon Blanc
  • 3.32ha Chardonnay
  • 1.04ha Semillon
  • 1.02ha Verdelho
  • 1.02ha Viognier
  • 3.61ha Pinot Noir
  • 2.3ha Riesling
  • 1ha Zinfandel
  • 1.34ha Malbec
  • 0.37ha Cabernet Franc

*All varieties are machine harvested as we process everything in our onsite winery which ensures minimal time from when fruit is harvested to it being processed.

Annual pruning incorporates either single wire spur pruning or cane pruning. This is dependent on variety performance at the time.

State of the art facilities and an expert vineyard team ensure the fruit has maximum flavour intensity and regional varietal flavours.

PEST & DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Guinea fowl have been introduced to the property to control grasshopper outbreaks, and beneficial predatory insects are introduced to the vineyard. The decision to introduce predators is based on our vine monitoring results which we conduct weekly.

Midrow management is practiced to control undesirable weeks and improve organic matter in the soil.

The Vineyard

Set in Pemberton’s premier wine growing region amidst towering karri forest, Silkwood Winery’s 23.75 hectare vineyard is blessed with gravelly soils and cool, even temperatures during the ripening periods.

Following an extensive search of Western Australian wine regions, Pemberton was chosen in 1998 as the most suitable to establish Silkwood Wines.

The selection process was based on finding both an ideal climate and soil to produce quality wines, particularly the flagship Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc varietals.

The prevailing temperate climate and cool temperatures during ripening periods, rich gravelly loam and gently undulating landscape featured strongly in our selection and make Pemberton a premium cool-climate wine region.

Wine Making Process

SilkWood Wines

9649 Channybearup Road, Pemberton.

CONTACT

Phone  08 9776 1584
Fax 08 9776 1540
Email silkwood@silkwoodestate.com.au

CELLAR DOOR AND RESTAURANT

Phone: 08 9776 1535
Fax: 08 9776 1540
Email: cellarsales@silkwoodestate.com.au
Opening Hours: Friday – Monday 10am ~ 4pm
For Function information please email the Cellar Door & Restaurant Manager

Website

https://silkwoodwines.com.au/

Join Our Mailing List

Subscribe to Messages ?

RAY'S WINE GUIDE 2017