About Smithbrook Wine

RAY JORDAN WINE GUIDE 2016

This picturesque property was acquired in 2009 by Peter Fogarty. The focus in the last seven years has been on getting the vineyard back to its natural expression and producing wines of exceptional quality best suited to the microclimate. Smithbrook forms part of the Fogarty Wine Group, which also owns Millbrook Winery (Perth Hills) and Deep Woods Estate (Margaret River).

Smithbrook is a boutique winery situated on one of the states most picturesque sites in Pemberton, Western Australia surrounded by spectacular towering Karri trees. The property is a 3 hour drive south of Perth and 90 minutes south of Margaret River. One of an exciting group of emerging wine regions in the South West, Pemberton is gaining prominence through its evolution as an exceptional, maritime climate grape growing area.

Underlying the southern corner of Western Australia is a huge mass of granite rock called the Yilgarn craton. The Yilgarn craton is recognised as the oldest rock formation on earth dating back more than 3 billion years. The gravelly ironstone soils that have formed on the higher ground above the craton are found throughout Pemberton and the Smithbrook vineyard.

With a ‘tall tree’ nature reserve next door, Smithbrook focuses closely on the environment and incorporates minimal spray and free roaming Guinea fowl to control insects and pests. Smithbrook wines capture the essence of what this beautiful region has to offer without interfering with the spectacular and picturesque natural environment that surrounds the vineyard.

In 2010 Smithbrook was acquired by Terroir Investments Pty Ltd part of the Fogarty Wine Group which also owns the iconic Lake’s Folly in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales; Millbrook Winery in the Perth Hills, Western Australia; and Deep Woods Estate in Margaret River, Western Australia.

The team at Smithbrook is dedicated to producing unique, regionally honed wines of exceptional quality with a focus, on varieties of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot. Wines are produced under three labels, the ultra premium Yilgarn label which are limited release or single block vines, the premium estate range and the value for money fruit driven Naked Grape range.

Smithbrook Wines

This established operation was bought in 2009 by Peter Fogarty. The focus in the last seven years has been on getting the vineyard back to its natural expression with low yields supported by minimal inputs. This fits in with the overall environmental strategy of management, where vines for Smithbrook are grown without irrigation.

OWNERS : Peter and Lee Fogarty
WINEMAKERS : Ben Rector
ESTABLISHED : Late 1980’s
VINEYARD LOCATION : Pemberton
ANNUAL CRUSH : 200 tonnes
VARIETIES : Chardonnay, Semillon, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir

WINE PRICES : $17 – 35
PHONE : 9282 5480
EMAIL : stephenb@fogartywines.com.au
WEBSITE : www.smithbrookwines.com.au
DISTRIBUTION : Mail Order, Online, Direct through Head Office

Smithbrook chardonnay 2016 ($18)

A crisp and fresh fruit-driven chardonnay with just a hint of French oak. Slightly buttery with notes of citrus and cashew. Has a juicy mouthfeel and good length. Clean and vibrant. One for those not wanting too much oak influence in its chardies
SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 3 years

Smithbrook cabernet shiraz 2014 ($18)

Such a vibrant and lively little cabernet shiraz blend. It shows the virtues of this combination so well. Juicy fruit flavours of blackberry and plum with a liberal spicy blue fruit influence. The oak is well played and the chalky tannins well managed. Ideal in the short to mediumterm.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 4 years

Contemporary Winemaking

Smithbrook delivers wines of strong distinction and character. The Yilgarn and Estate wines are 100% estate-grown, allowing for precise picking times and small-batch winemaking, both of which maximise the potential of the fruits used. The “minimal inputs” approach allows the fruit to retain its natural balance and varietal expression, leading to an appealing, elegant and intense blend of flavours across the Smithbrook range.

The 2011 Yilgarn Blanc de Blancs sparkling is praised by Ray Jordan in The West Australian Wine Guide 2016 for its “lovely deep and persistent palate” and “crisp dry finish”.


Ben Rector

Winemaker

With more than 20 years spent making outstanding wine, and having completed vintages in almost every country with a wine industry, Ben’s abilities are truly multifaceted. His unique experience includes significant time working in cool-climate regions and acquiring vast knowledge of varieties that flourish in these areas — knowledge and experience that are both put to perfect use at Smithbrook. Ben believes Smithbrook’s vineyards produce some truly amazing fruit, and his passion for working with the small parcels that come off the property is evident in every drop of world-class wine Smithbrook produces.

Wine Making Process

Cellar Door

Smithbrook Road
Pemberton
Western Australia, 6260

CONTACT

Phone 08 9282 5480
Fax 08 9772 3579
benr@mrwp.com.au

Website

www.smithbrookwines.com.au

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