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Culinary trail breaks new tourism ground in Margaret River

A new food and wine trail handbook has been created to provide visitors with an exclusive guide to the Margaret River Region’s small-batch producers of food and wine. The guide, which is being officially launched today at Fair Harvest

Inspirational Food and Wine Journeys

Inspirational Food and Wine Journeys

Margaret River, is the brainchild of the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association (AMRTA) and has been produced collaboratively and with funding assistance from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River and the Margaret River Regional Producers Association. Titled ‘Inspirational Food and Wine Journeys’, the handbook contains profiles on 19 local producers, personal recipes and a map to allow visitors to follow the trail around the region.

AMRTA’s Simon Latchford said “Visitors want to do more than just take a photo these days. They want to touch, smell, taste, get their hands dirty; go behind the scenes to meet a winemaker, a chef, a gardener – it’s not just about the produce itself; it’s about the people behind the produce.

“This guide also celebrates the ‘little guys’ – the aim is to build awareness for the outstanding food, wine and produce being generated by these smaller-scale, somewhat understated farmgate producers, who don’t necessarily have the brand power of some of the bigger stakeholders in the industry,” said Mr Latchford.

Copies of the guide are free, and will be available at the Margaret River Farmers’ Markets, the Margaret River and Augusta Visitor Centres, and selected local outlets.

Windows Estate 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot: Tasting Note

The Windows Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot  is bright and full of life on the nose.  Hints of warm spices and dark fruit, with a little of the Cabernet herbaceousness. 

Windows Estate Cabernet Merlot

Windows Estate Cabernet Merlot

On the palate The Windows Estate Cabernet Merlot is soft and medium bodied. Smooth velvety tannins support sweet dark fruit, ripe boysenberry and black berries, touches of roast beetroot earthy sweetness.

This was matched with a roast beetroot risotto which complemented each other. Neither dominating the conversation.

Also recommened: the Windows Estate Shiraz, and Windows Estate Chardonnay.

RRP $30
Alc 14.1%
Production: 350 doz
Region: Margaret River
Source: Provided by producer

Window Estate 2011 Basket Press Shiraz: Tasting Note

As this wine is tasted I can imagine ‘Ode to Joy’.  It’s such a pleasure to see soft restrained Shiraz.  The Windows Estate Basket Press Shiraz is a great example of complexity and interest without dominating over extraction.  The aromas show good intensity, without leaping from the glass.  Ripe red fruit, a complex amalgam of sage, old fashioned roses, and savoury roast meats.Windows Estate Shiraz

On the palate it’s all soft and silky, and still fruit driven. Warm spices, ripe red fruit, hints of liquorice.  No dominate oak flavours (with 18 month French oak barriques).  But all supported with gentle tannins.  Well priced, especially if buying direct. Happy drinking over the next 5 years.

RRP $30
Alc 14.4%
Production: 400 doz
Region: Margaret River
Source: Provided by producer

Window Estate 2013 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc: Tasting Note

The Windows Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, has pristine citrus and lemon Windows Estate Sem Sauv Blancsherbet aromas, with hints of lemon balm herbaceousness in the background.

A balanced blend of 70% Semillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc.  On the palate it is a little fuller in style than most, with some creamy texturalness – presumable coming from the partial barrel fermentation.  Again the fresh citrus, with energetic grapefruit acidity keeping things racing.

RRP $23
Alc 12.5%
Production: 500 doz
Region: Margaret River
Source: Provided by producer

Window Estate 2013 Sauvignon Blanc: Tasting Note

The Windows Estate 2012 Sauvignon Blanc has a bit more complexity than most straight Sauvignon Blancs.  Chris Davis uses a bit of barrel fermentation as well as keeping the juice on lees for a little longer.Windows Estate Sauvignon Blanc

On the nose there is the fresh Sauvignon Blanc herbaceousness, a good dollop of tropical passionfruit and ripe pineapple, and a nice floral lift.  On the palate good acidity, and a balance of flavours between tropical fruit and grassy green pea. A bit of citrus pith grip and a fuller mouthfeel keeps things fresh and full.

This is a Sauvignon Blanc to think about, if that’s how you roll.

RRP $23
Alc 12.5%
Production: 500 doz
Region: Margaret River
Source: Provided by producer

Window Estate 2012 Chardonnay: Tasting Note

As you travel around the Margaret River wine region in Western Australia, the coast and the surf (and surf lifestyle) plays a considerable role in the environment and its culture.  Windows is the name of the local surf break, not far from Windows Estate’s vineyards in Yallingup.  The vines were initially planted in 1999 by Chris Davies at the age of 19.  However the Windows Estate brand has only been winemaking since 2006.  In that time this small premium producer has had considerable success.

The 2012 Windows Estate Chardonnay has been half wild ferment in French oak barriques.  On the nose I probably expected more wild yeast ‘je ne sai quoi’.  It still adds complexity without dominating the fresh lemon zest aromas, warm toasted coconut, and subtle vanillan oak.Windows Estate 2012 Chardonnay

On the palate the Windows Estate Chardonnay shows nice citrus and ripe melon flavours.  A little bit of grip keeps the texture interesting.  Nice acidity balances the subtle creaminess.  Lively, but not too assertive.

With this wine I think the perfect match would be pan seared scallops, with a little Asian influence.

RRP $39
Alc 13.0%
Production: 300 doz
Region: Margaret River
Source: Provided by producer