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Watershed Celebrates Further Cabernet Success at Wine Show of WA’s 40th Celebration

Margaret River, Western Australia – 28 October 2017 – Watershed’s 2014 Awakening Cabernet Sauvignon has been awarded 4 trophies at the 2017 Wine Show of Western Australia including Best Wine of Show, Best Red Wine of Show, Best Cabernet Sauvignon and the highly prestigious JS Gladstones Trophy for Best and Most Distinctive Regional Character.

Originating in Mount Barker in 1978, this year’s Wine Show of Western Australia marks 40 years of celebrating and judging the best of Western Australian grown wines.

Head winemaker, Severine Logan, described winning the trophies as “great recognition for Watershed and the Margaret River region”, and said that the 2014 vintage was “a good year for Margaret River with the cabernet being particularly intense, concentrated and a real representation
of site.”

The wine’s performance on the Australian Wine Show circuit is striking. Its gold medal and trophy tally now stands at 12 and 6 respectively which includes winning the Perth Royal Wine Show’s Best Cabernet Trophy for the past two years.

“It’s our flagship red wine and so only the finest fruit and best barrels go into it. The result is a wine showing distinctive Margaret River cabernet characters -black currant, liquorice, black olive, hints of cigar box on the nose and a dense, velvety palate with fine tannins adding structure and length.”

As further tribute to the quality of Watershed’s cabernets, wine critic James Halliday awarded 98 points, the equal top score in the cabernet category, for the multiple trophy-winning 2010 Awakening Cabernet, in his recently published 2018 Australian Wine Companion.

The accumulation of awards for Watershed’s Awakening Cabernet is impressive with 17 trophies, 41 gold medals and a finalist for the Jimmy Watson Trophy.

Trophy Awards for Watershed’s Awakening Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 Awakening Cabernet Sauvignon

Trophy Best Red Wine – 2010 Rutherglen Wine Show
Trophy Best Australian Cabernet – 2010 Rutherglen Wine Show
Trophy Best Cabernet Sauvignon – 2010 Royal Adelaide Wine Show

2010 Awakening Cabernet Sauvignon

Trophy Best Cabernet Sauvignon – 2012 Perth Royal Wine Show
Trophy Best Western Australian Red Wine  – 2012 Perth Royal Wine Show Trophy Best 2010 Red Table Wine  – 2012 Perth Royal Wine Show
Trophy Best Western Australian Wine  – 2012 Perth Royal Wine Show
Trophy Best Red Table Wine  – 2012 Perth Royal Wine Show
Trophy Best Wine of the Show  – 2012 Perth Royal Wine Show
Trophy Best Cabernet Sauvignon  – 2012 Canberra National Wine Show

2014 Awakening Cabernet Sauvignon

Trophy Best Cabernet Sauvignon – 2016 Perth Royal Wine Show
Trophy Best Cabernet Sauvignon –  2017 Perth Royal Wine Show
Best Wine of Show  – 2017 Wine Show of Western Australia
Best Red Wine of Show  – 2017 Wine Show of Western Australia Best and Most Distinctive Regional Character  – 2017 Wine Show of Western Australia
Best Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy  – 2017 Wine Show of Western Australia 2015

Awakening Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy

Best Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Cowra Wine Show

Trophies: 17
Gold Medals: 41 Silver
Medals: 44
Bronze Medals: 57

THE REGION – MARGARET RIVER

The Margaret River wine region, in the South West of Western Australia, has international recognition for its wine varieties and quality. Bounded by the cool southern reaches of the Indian Ocean, it is characterised by a Mediterranean climate which combines with well drained gravel loamy soils to produce premium wines of distinctive elegance and power, with complex fruit flavours and intense bouquets.

OUR STORY

In 1999, Watershed’s Founder and Managing Director, Geoff Barrett, discovered a piece of land just south of the Margaret River townsite. Geoff assembled his winemaking and viticultural teams and set about developing the site into the world-class vineyard, winery and restaurant we see today. Our first vines were planted in 2001 and our first wines were released from Margaret River growers fruit in September 2002 to coincide with the opening of our cellar door. Construction of our restaurant and cafe soon followed which were officially opened in 2003. Today, Watershed’s annual production exceeds 100,000 cases and wines are widely available on the domestic and international market.

The definition of watershed is ‘to go to a new (higher) level of understanding; an awakening’. A second meaning is ‘a high area of land between two bodies of water’. Both meanings are appropriate to Watershed Premium Wines.

The Watershed label was designed by Roland Butcher and incorporates a purple room with a four paned window on the wall. Green vines can be seen looking out of the window, however, the main focus is a ray of light streaming through the glass and diffusing across the floor, symbolizing a human being’s ‘stream of consciousness’ – a creative but almost uncontrollable thought process, spurred on by small inspirations, all leading to a final revelation, or awakening.

A Watershed moment for WA wine award winner

Ray Jordan

Margaret River producer Watershed Wines has taken out the award for the best wine of the 40th Wine Show of WA with its Awakening Cabernet Sauvignon 2014.

The wine — which won the Singapore Airlines Trophy for the wine of the show, also won trophies for the best red, the best cabernet and the John Gladstones trophy for the wine showing the most distinctive regional character — beat a field of nearly 1000 WA wines.

The win continued the success of the wine, which before the show had already won 11 gold medals and two trophies.
Winemaker Severine Logan said the wine was a blend of 65 per cent cabernet from Watershed’s vineyard, with the rest from a small grower in Wilyabrup.
The world is on track to produce the least amount of wine in 50 years.

The world is on track to produce the least amount of wine in 50 years.
The wine is not expected to be released for several years as older vintages, which have all won gold medals, are rolled out first.
Best White Wine of Show was the Alkoomi Wines White Label Riesling 2017 and the most successful exhibitor overall was Xanadu.
Chairman of judges Iain Riggs said the highlight of the show was the quality of the 2016 chardonnays, with just over 100 entries and seven gold medals making it a tough battle for the trophy.

“Amongst the golds are wines that have had great success on the national circuit,” he said.

“Linear, fine-flavoured chardonnay with winemakers showing a deft touch with oak, wild ferments and lees characters. The riesling classes reflected vintage conditions with four stand-out gold medals in the young wines.

“Purity and finesse were in plentiful supply and rose continues to grab attention. The red wines showed off the 2014 and 2015 vintage with numerous gold medals and another shootout between cabernet sauvignon and cabernet merlot blend.”

The Consumer Choice Awards, judged from 50 gold-medal winning wines, were the Alkoomi White Label Riesling 2017 and Warner Glen Estate Shiraz 2014.

Watershed’s Awakening Cabernets Continue Impressive Winning Streak

Watershed’s Awakening Cabernet Sauvignons add to their impressive 2017 wine show medal tally having recently won more gold at two of Australia’s premier wine shows.

Watershed’s 2014 Awakening Cabernet was awarded Top Gold in its class at the 2017 Rutherglen Wine Show. The 2017 Royal Adelaide Wine Show was also a triumph with the 2014 and 2015 Awakening Cabernets each winning a Gold Medal.

It’s not only Gold Medals Watershed are racking up. For the second consecutive year, their 2014 Awakening Cabernet Sauvignon triumphed to take out the hotly contested Best Cabernet Trophy at the 2017 Perth Royal Wine Show. Their 2015 Awakening Cabernet was awarded gold.

Adding to their trophy cabinet, the 2015 Awakening Cabernet prevailed in a taste-off with the 2014 Awakening Cabernet to take the 2017 Cowra Wine Show’s Best Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy.

Watershed’s Founder and Managing Director, Geoff Barrett, states “Our mulit-award winning cabernet is crafted from the finest cabernet fruit from selected vineyards in the Wilyabrup and Wallcliffe sub-regions of Margaret River and reflects Watershed’s dedication to showcasing Margaret River’s world class terroir.”

As further tribute to the quality of their Cabernet, wine critic James Halliday awarded 98 points, the equal top score in the cabernet category, for the multiple trophy-winning 2010 Awakening Cabernet, in his recently published 2018 Australian Wine Companion.

The accumulation of awards for their Awakening Cabernet is impressive with 40 gold medals, 10 show trophies and a finalist for the Jimmy Watson Trophy.

WINERY

The first phase of Watershed’s construction commenced on 29 November 2001 and was completed in August 2002. This phase involved the construction of a cellar door sales facility, private tasting room, 500 square metre barrel store, administration facilities and cellar door entry road and parking area.

The next phase of Watershed’s development involved the construction of the first stage of the winery. This stage included a 400 tonne wine production facility, laboratory and head winemaker’s office. Construction was completed in February 2003 and the first vintage was undertaken at this facility in 2003.

The second phase of the Winery development was completed in March 2004 increasing crushing capacity to 900 tonnes. The third phase of construction was completed in March 2005 increasing the capacity of Watershed’s winery to crush 1,200 tonnes. The fourth phase of construction was completed in March 2008 and increased the capacity of Watershed’s winery to crush 1,600 tonnes. Watershed’s three barrel stores, occupying 1,500 square metres, typically hold approximately 1,500 barrels. 55% of all barrels used are French oak, 35% American oak and 10% Hungarian oak.

In February 2013 a further 170,000 kl of wine storage capacity was added to the wine production facility taking total wine storage, excluding red fermentation tanks, to 1,570 kl.

WAREHOUSE

In March 2009 Watershed completed the construction of a 1,000sq metre packaged wine storage facility. This can house up to 70,000 cases of packaged wine and is a hive of activity all year round. Watershed bottles the vast majority of its packaged wine on site via a mobile bottling facility.

Winemakers

SEVERINE LOGAN – HEAD WINEMAKER

Severine was raised in the Loire Valley, France. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree of Oenology from Toulouse University, she spent 5 years working across multiple regions in France including Bordeaux, Alsace, Corsica and Burgundy. In 1995, she packed her bags and travelled to Australia to work vintage at Brown Brothers in Victoria. A love for Australian wine was sparked and Severine soon made Australia home. After climbing the ranks, Severine became Winemaker for both Houghton Wines and Sandalford Wines in Western Australia before 6 years as Winemaker for Rosemount Estates in the Hunter Valley. Severine joined the Watershed team as Head Winemaker in 2007 and has since completed the AWAC course and been a scholar of the Len Evans Tutorial. Severine is a highly respected winemaker and has judged on the French and Australian wine show circuit.

CONRAD TRITT – WINEMAKER

Conrad started his career in the wine industry in New Zealand wineries whilst studying a Bachelor of Viticulture & Oenology. He has travelled extensively gaining knowledge from wineries in Australia, France, U.S.A and Germany. Conrad has completed 21 vintages with 9 of them being part of the Watershed team. With a thirst for knowledge and progression he has completed the Advanced Wine Assessment Course thru the University of Adelaide and passed the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Level 3 with distinction. Outside of the wine world he can be found surfing the famous Margaret River surf breaks and having a crack at some social volleyball.

Vineyards

Watershed’s Stage 1 “Southern” vineyard is situated 4.8 km south of Margaret River at the intersection of Darch Road and Bussell Highway, Margaret River. The Bussell Highway is the major arterial road for traffic travelling to and from the Margaret River township. Both of these vineyards have extensive Bussell Highway frontage, which contributes significantly to the profile and cellar door sales of Watershed Premium Wines. The Stage 1 Watershed vineyard is in the “dress circle” of Margaret River both fronting the Bussell Highway at the turn-off to Leeuwin and Voyager Estates

Watershed’s “Southern” vineyard comprises a total area of 127.29 hectares, of which 79.9 hectares has been established as a vineyard. The vines were hand planted in August/September 2001. This is also the site of the cellar door, restaurant & café, winery, barrel stores and wine warehouse.

In September 2006 Watershed commenced planting its “Northern” vineyard which is located in Jindong (within the Margaret River Appellation), and by September 2008 it had fully planted 60 hectares of the land which is comprised of 74.69 hectares in total area. The three Watershed vineyards total of 177.45 hectares under vine. In addition Watershed leases a 10.5 hectare vineyard which is located directly adjacent to the Stage 3 Watershed vineyard. Of the total plantings in the Stages 1, 2 & 3 Watershed vineyards 58.9% is planted to whites and 41.1% is planted to reds. The white plantings consist of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier. The red varietals planted are Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Sangiovese.

Viticulturists

LEONARD RUSSELL – HEAD VITICULTURIST

Leonard Russell Leonard Russell was appointed Vineyard Supervisor in August 2001. He has had over 10 years experience in all aspects of vineyard development, maintenance and management. Leonard was vineyard manager for 4 years at Xanadu Wines and prior to that spent 2 years at Voyager Estate. Leonard has successfully completed 3 years of a Bachelor of Applied Science (Viticulture) with Curtin University.

RICHARD PATEL – MARGARET RIVER

CHRIS PALMER – JINDONG

Watershed Premium Wines

This is one of the most impressive ventures in Margaret River and it’s not only the wines that make an impression. The striking modern cellar door, winery complex and rapidly expanding vineyards clearly signal a major new player. Sites were chosen specifically for their soil suitability to varieties. Top-rate range of wines at different price points.

OWNERS : N/A
WINEMAKERS : Severine Logan and Conrad Tritt
ESTABLISHED : 2002
VINEYARD LOCATION : Margaret River
VARIETIES : Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Merlot, Zinfandel/Sangiovese, Other

CELLAR DOOR : Corner of Bussell Highway and Darch Road, Margaret River
OPEN : Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
PHONE : 9758 8633
EMAIL : cellar@watershedwines.com.au
WEBSITE : www.watershedwines.com.au
DISTRIBUTION : Cellar Door, Retail, Mail Order, Online

Watershed Senses chardonnay 2016 ($29.95)

A lighter-bodied chardonnay that sits below the Awakening. Yet this is very good. Minerally with a creamy texture showing some subtle cashew character. Vibrant and alive on the palate with the clever use of oak as a feature.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 5 Years

Watershed Shades sauvignon blanc semillon 2016 ($18.95)

Keeping this wine an extra year in bottle just takes some of those initial primary characters off and allows the next layer of flavours and aromas to emerge. The result is a most appealing wine still showing abundant tropical citrus characters with a precise long palate
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 3 years

Watershed Awakening Single Block A1 chardonnay 2016 ($46.95)

A classy chardonnay made using wild yeasts and 100 per cent barrel fermentation. Deep and penetrating creamy fruit with a nutty grapefruit minerally edge. It’s tightly framed but the fruit is starting to emerge. Perhaps the best under this range. The length on the palate is most impressive
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 8 years

Watershed Senses cabernet merlot 2014 ($29.95)

Here is all you want in a Margaret River cabernet merlot blend. Deep and powerful blackcurrant with rich dark plum and cedary characters. Palate is loaded with opulent fruit intensity, balanced by some neat tight grained oak and fine chalky tannins. Smooth and seamless and thoroughly drinkable
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 7 years

Watershed Senses shiraz 2014 ($29.95)

Loads happening in this full-bodied, though elegantly structured, shiraz. Aromas of coffee grinds and spices with a decent sprinkle of cinnamon. The palate is all dark fruits swirling with spicy coffee and dark chocolaty plummy fruits. Grainy tannins create a textured gravelly palate. Lovely savoury finish.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 10 years

Wine Making Process

ADDRESS

Corner of Bussell Highway and Darch Road,
Wilyabrup
Western Australia, 6285

CONTACT

Phone MOB: +61 409 295 623
geoff.barrett@watershedwines.com.au

 

WEBSITE

www.watershedwines.com.au/

Media

Awards and reviews

Winery of the Year – The West Australian Wine Guide 2014

Best Value Wine – Shades Sauvignon Blanc Semillon – The West Australian Wine Guide 2014

Rated 5 Stars – James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Editions.
Rated as one of 10 Dark Horses of the Australian Wine Industry in 2010.

Runner up – Best Winery in Australia – Australia Liquor Industry Awards

Awarded – Most Outstanding Wine Brand
Awarded – Outstanding Contribution To A Region By An Individual, Winery/Vineyard Or Regional Association
Awarded – Highly Commended – Best Estate – Grown White Wine
2008 Chamber of Commerce WA Wine Industry Awards

Winner – Best Café – Country
Western Australian Food & Wine Awards 2008

Winner – Best Cafe
2008 Restaurant & Catering Industry Awards – Annual South West

Awarded – Hall of Fame – Best Winemaking Facility
Awarded – Outstanding Contribution To A Region By An Individual, Winery/Vineyard Or Regional Association
2007 ANZ WA Wine Industry Awards

Winner – Restaurant in a Winery
2007 Restaurant & Catering Industry Awards – Annual
South West

Winner – Tourism Restaurants & Catering
Gold Medal Tourism Wineries
2007 Western Australian Tourism Awards

Awarded – Best Winemaking Facility
Awarded – Most Outstanding Cellar Door Facility
Awarded – Best Wine Tourism Facility
2006 ANZ WA Wine Industry Awards

Awarded – Most Outstanding Wine Brand
2005 Westpac WA Wine Industry Awards

Awarded – Most Outstanding New Wine Making Facility
Awarded – Most Outstanding Commitment To Customer Service
2004 & 2005 Westpac WA Wine Industry Awards

Awarded – 2006 Gold Plate
Best Licensed Casual Dining – Country

Awarded – 2004, 2005, 2007 & 2010 Gold Plate
Best Family Dining Restaurant in Western Australia

Winner 2008 Business of the Year – Margaret River Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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