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Duke’s Vineyard

Porongurup Rd, Porongurup, 6324

Cellar Door: Daily (10 - 4.30)

Ph: (08) 9853 1107

THe highkly rated Duke’s Vineyard is a retirement project by Ian (Duke) and Hilde Ranson based on a 65 ha farm at the base of the Pororungurup Ranges.  

The 10 ha vineyard has been planted on north-facing slopes at about 220m on lateric loams soils. 

The first Riesling vines were planted back in 1999.  Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vines have joined the portfolio. The cellar door was established in 2002. 

The wines are made by Robert Diletti at Castle Rock Estate apart from the Invitation series where a guest wine-maker has a go with select Riesling parcels.

The new Invitation series features a portait of the guest winemaker. The inaugural guest wine-maker is James Kellie from Harewood Estate.
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

New reviews

Dukes Magpie Hill Reserve Riesling 2017

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2019 or 2030+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2017, rated by James Halliday at 99 points (I think it is his highest for an Australian white), floral with exceptional length and purity, minerally lime and green apple with while flower notes and a dusting of musky and gingery spices, tuat line with slaty finish and steel acidity (*****)

Dukes Magpie Hill Reserve Cabernet 2015

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2035

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2017, concentrated blackcurrant, black cherry and mulberry with black olive and anise notes, medium-full bodied and quite earthy with smoky vanilla/cedar oak and well integrated savoury tannins (****1/2)

Dukes Off Dry Riesling 2016

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2017, only just in the off-dry territory at 9 gm/l residual sugar, reminds me of German Kabinet style, sweet lime, lemon drop and green apple with  musky and gingery spices,  long and minerally with balanced orange rind acidity (****)

Dukes Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2030

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2017, powerful and glossy blackcurrant and mulberry with black olive and anise notes, a light touch of mint, medium-full bodied and earthy, spicy vanilla/cedar oak, similar to the Magpie Hill Reserve but more French oak (****)

Dukes Magpie Hill Reserve Shiraz 2015

Purchased: Not ($35)


(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2017, glossy black cherry, blackberry and plum with anise, dried herb and pepper notes, a touch of reductive burnt rubber for those like me who are sensitive to the aromas, earthy and medium-full bodied with firmish tannins and spicy vanilla/cedar oak (****)

Dukes Single Vineyard Rose 2017

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2017, Gold Medal at WA Wine Show 2017, derived from 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Shiraz, pale pink blush colour, dry strawberry and other red fruits with peppery notes and rose petal florals, glycerolly with slightly grippy but textural tannins (***1/2)

Duke’s Vineyard Single Vineyard Riesling 2016

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($23)

Drink: 2018 or 2026+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2017, floral, intense and steely red apple and lemon rind with musky spices and orange blossom notes, long and focussed with fine phenolics, vibrant limey acid base (****1/2)

Duke’s Vineyard Magpie Hill Reserve Riesling 2014

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($30)

Drink: 2016 or 2025+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2015, floral, pure and very long and linear lime and apple with a light dusting of spice, dry and slaty without the crunchy steely acidity widespread in the region, the acid is more precise and light-footed in a positive Germanic way (*****)

Duke’s Vineyard Single Vineyard Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2016 or 2024+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2015, fuller and more intense than the Reserve, steely apple and lemon with musky spices and citrus blossom notes, fine phenolics, persistent limey acidity (****)

Duke’s Vineyard Autumn Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2015, off-dry sweet lime and mandarin with musky spices and a touch of cinnamon, 13 gms/l residual sugar, good acid balance (****)

Duke’s Vineyard Reserve Sparkling Riesling 2013

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($30)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2015, 15 months on lees, dry and linear lemon sherbet and green apple with yeast notes and a tangy citrus finish, fine bead and a hint of slate (****)

Duke’s Vineyard Magpie Hill Reserve Riesling 2012

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melb ($27)

Drink: 2014 or 2022+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2013, precise, razor sharp lime, apple and lemon sherbert palate with herb and musky spice notes, very long palate with bright talcy minerality on the flinty wet pebble finish  (*****)