Margaret River has fine wines

vasse felix chardonnay
vasse felix chardonnay
Peter Beech, Jennifer Beech, Philip Talbot and Ian Withall 
enjoy a drop of ale          Picture by Malcolm Wells (171013-5428)

From light ales to stout, there was something for everyone at Portsea Island Beer Festival

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I’ve just returned from a trip to Australia, which included a visit to the Margaret River region.

This beautiful place is not only one of the world’s most remote wine regions, but it’s also producing some of Australia’s finest wines.

It’s not very old, as vines were only planted in the late 1960s, but it has a wonderful cool climate due to the fact that it’s bordered by the Indian and Southern oceans.

In terms of size, it’s not a big region either, but it certainly punches well above its weight when it comes to the quality.

Wine producers of note include Cape Mentelle, Vasse Felix, Voyager, Stella Bella and Cullen.

Look for elegant Chardonnays and zesty Sauvignon Blac/Semillion blends for the whites, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet blends and Shiraz for the reds.

Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2011, Margaret River

There are notes of fresh tropical fruits, green apple, citrus and a hint of vanilla on the nose. It’s followed by a creamy and well-balanced palate and a long, flavoursome finish. This is brilliant wine with real complexity. It would work well with a grand piece of fish or even roast chicken or pork.

Hermitage Cellars £13.85, Majestic £15.99