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.