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Harewood Estate

Scotsdale Rd, Denmark, 6333

Cellar Door: Fri - Mon, Daily in school holidays (10-4)

Ph: (08) 9840 9078

Harewood label pic

Harewood Estate was established in 1988 but has began to get taken notice in the national wine press since 2003 when it was purchased by the family of former Howard Park winemaker, James Kellie (who used to be the contract wine-maker for Harewood Estate anyway).

A 300 tonne wine-making facility has been constructed which acts as a local contract wine-making service.

The range showcases the best of the Great Southern’s far flung subregions and includes the estate Chardonnay and Sauvignon Semillon blend and is filled out with Frankland River Shiraz, Porongurup Riesling and some Mt. Barker Cabernet.

Harewood Estate vineyards (photo courtesy: Harewood Estate)
Duke's Vineyard new Invitation series features a portait of their 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

Harewood Estate Flux IV Gewürztraminer 2016

Purchased: European, South Melbourne ($25)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2017, perfumed, dry and softly textured lychee and peach with musk and ginger notes, spicy with a persistent undercurrent of orange peel acidity and chalky phenolics (****)

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

Harewood Estate Reserve Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, some barrel ferment creaminess, aromatic, precise, long and well poised lemon zest, nectarine and tropical fruits with flint and a light touch of snowpea and nettles, fine chalky phenolics and vibrant orange peel acidity (***** )

Harewood Estate Porongurup Riesling 2013

Purchased: Blackheart and Sparrows, Brunswick ($20)

Drink: 2014 or 2019+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2014, from a rather warm vintage so is more open and developed that usual for Porongurup sub-region Riesling, relatively delicate lime, apple and pear skin with some passionfruit, honeysuckle and orange blossom notes, rounded palate with very fine chalky phenolics on the persistent minerally and steely finish  (****)

Harewood Estate D Block Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2013, vines established in 1994, clone 2051 (nick-named “droopy” due to weak cane strength but the thinner skins compared to Burgundian clones), quite aromatic showing glossy redcurrants, plums and violets with dark earth notes, the medium bodied palate is framed with a wash of toasty mocha/cinnamon oak, good acid but palate is a touch firm and oaky for a higher score (****)

Harewood Estate F Block Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2013, slightly less aromatic and darker fruit than the D Block, in the black cherry/dark plum spectrum with violet florals, the firm, earthy and medium bodied palate is rather dominated by the toasty and spice mocha/vanilla oak although may settle down in medium term, fine chalky tannins (***1/2)

Harewood Estate Reserve Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Purchased: Cellarbrations, St. Kilda ($24)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2013, sourced from high-altitude vineyards in Denmark, partial barrel ferment of both varieties, minimal fining, fragrant bright lemon curd, sherbet and lychee/passionfruit with restrained grassiness/snow pea aspects, touch of gun flint, creamy textural palate with vibrant orange peel edged acidity, very fine chalky phenolics, precisely balanced (*****)

Harewood Estate Frankland River Riesling 2012

Purchased: Cellabrations, St. Kilda  ($21)

Drink: 2014 or 2020+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2013, this is an intense wine that is just moving into off-dry territory with 12 gms/l residual sugar, powerful spine of lime and tangerine fruit with lemon grass, spice and basil notes, slightly creamy contrast on mid-palate, flinty finish with a fine, phenolic undercarriage, nicely balanced wine with plenty of textural interest (****1/2)

Harewood Estate Porongurup Riesling 2011

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2013 or 2020+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, Gold Medal at Perth Royal Show 2011, from 35 year old vines in Porongurup Ranges, perfumed and taut lime blossom and passionfruit, fine and delicate minerality with racy lemon rind acidity and a lingering wet slate finish, well balanced (****1/2)

Harewood Estate Frankland River Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, Northern Rhone-influenced style, perfumed and silky redcurrant and blueberry with anise, iodine and black pepper notes, long and medium bodied palate with toasty cinnamon and mocha French oak, persistent fine, grained tannins (****)

Harewood Estate Frankland River Riesling 2011

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2013 or 2020+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, perfumed and floral lime, green apple and lemon, austere entry but builds intensity down the palate, finely chalky leads to a slightly creamy finish with lime rind and wet slate (****)

Harewood Estate Denmark Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, vibrant and long palate showing nectarine and honey dew melon with some savoury lees complexity and a light malo input, racy grapefruit acidity with spicy and toasty vanilla-cashew oak (****)

Harewood Estate Great Southern Shiraz Cabernet 2010

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, combination of Frankland River Shiraz with leafy Mt. Barker Cabernet, perfumed black cherry and blackcurrant with mint, black pepper and liquorice notes, medium-full bodied and evenly weighted down the length of the palate, charry vanilla/mocha/cedar with fine tannins (***1/2)

Harewood Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, gamey and concentrated redcurrant and cherry with liquorice and mushroom notes, long and slightly firmish palate with fine grained tannins and mocha-vanilla French oak (***1/2)

Harewood Estate Great Southern Shiraz Cabernet 2008

Purchased: Cellarbrations, St. Kilda ($20)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: April 2011, slightly tarry, the raspberry entry leads to a blackcurrant and blackberry mid-palate, the Shiraz brings the peppery spice, the Cabernet some leafiness, long, even and medium-full bodied with grainy tannins running through much of the palate, some charry cedar oak and fresh acid (***1/2)

Harewood Estate Great Southern Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Cellarbrations, St. Kilda ($20)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: April 2011, generous, forward and fuller bodied cherry and black plum with menthol and musk notes, the bright entry tightens up and shows some savoury/stemmy complexity, the generous oak brings smoked bacon and toasted cinnamon to the finish, open knit tannins (***1/2)

Harewood Estate Great Southern Riesling 2009

Purchased: Cellabrations, St. Kilda ($16) but normally retails for $20

Drink: 2011 or 2017 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, dry, talcy and generous green apple, lime and rose petal entry but becomes more focussed with wet slate, lanolin, passionfruit and lime rind on the back half, very long and tight spice and chalk finish with a trace of residual sugar, appealing style particularly at the discount price (****1/2)

Harewood Estate Riesling 2008

Purchased: Dan Murphys, Malvern, Vic ($20)

Drink: 2010 or 2018 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2010, long and shapely lime and orange blossom, savoury and spicy mid-palate framed with very fine talcy minerality, zesty cut of grapefruit acidity, refreshing green apple dominates the finish (****)

Harewood Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($21)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2009, vibrant lychee, passionfruit and lemon sherbert with dried herb complexity, good intensity, texture and synergy, savoury and minerally finish (****)

Harewood Estate Sauvignon Semillon 2006

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($20)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2008, a top example of the New World style, one of those wines where quality leaps out, very fragrant gooseberry, lemon and passionfruit, vibrant and tangy palate shows lemon sherbert, lime, passionfruit with a spicy and dried herb mid palate, snowpea and capsicum features later on, chalky minerality leads to zesty lemon citric acid finish, complex and intense with lovely balance and a lingering finish, only flawed by some residual sugar showing on finish (****1/2)

Harewood Estate Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($22)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2008, seamless and smooth palate showing white peach, nectarine and fig with some restrained grapefruit acidity running through the palate, chalky minerality with discrete toasty cedar-vanilla oak, austere but stylish (****)