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Plantegenet

www.plantagenetwines.com

RMB Albany Highway, Mount Barker, 6324

Cellar Door: Daily (10-4.30)

Ph: (08) 9851 3131

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The major winery in the Mt. Barker sub-region and is located on the Albany Highway in the small isolated township of Mt. Barker.

It was established in 1974 by Tony Smith, and was one of the pioneering wineries in the sub-region.

They makes good wines across a wide spectrum of varieties and styles - notably the aromatic limey Rieslings, the tangy citrus-tinged Chardonnays, and the highly rated Rhone-style Shirazes. Plantagenet has five vineyards around Mt. Barker. They also have the good value budget Omrah and Hazard Hill brands which use source fruit sourced from across southern WA.

In 2012 Margaret River-raised Cath Oates took over as winemaker from Charles Durham.

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Plantagent cellar door at Mt.Barker (photo: Carlene for genxywines)
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In 2012 Margaret River-raised Cath Oates took over as winemaker from Charles Durham.† After completing her viticultural degree at Curtin University and an oenology postgraduate at Roseworthy she has worked in the Margaret River, California and with Mudhouse in New Zealand: "Iím excited to return home and work with a winery with such a rich history of winemaking as Plantagenet. The Great Southern has a variety of microclimates and some fantastic old vineyards, with cool climate varieties that Iíve become attached to plus my old favourites that Iíve missed making." (photo courtesy: Plantagenet)
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

Plantagenet Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2017 or 2025+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, brightly lit, open and generous lime sherbet, †pear and johnathon apple with musky spices and a hint of orange blossom, talcy good length with some †schisty minerality on the finish (****)

Plantagent Riesling 2013

Purchased: Dan Murphys, Melb CBD ($22)

Drink: 2014 or 2021+ if you like it toasty

(G) Tasting: Feb 2014, from 43 year old vines, a bit more open than the 2012 but still has pretty good focus and length, perfumed with tangy lime zest, red apples and pear with musky spices and some orange blossom, fine talcy texture, with fresh citrusy acidity and wet slate on the finish (****)

Plantagenet Mt. Barker Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2022+

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2013, perfumed, floral and spicy black cherry and blackberry with anise, black pepper and violet notes, juicy and medium bodied with some savoury meat notes, backbone of fine powdery tannins and graphite minerality, rich vanilla/cinnamon/clove oak aspects (****1/2)

Plantagenet Mount Barker Riesling 2012

Purchased: Espy Hotel, St. Kilda ($22)

Drink: 2022+

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2013, quite perfumed with good focus and length, tangy lime zest, apple and pear with a range of floral notes such as acacia, rose petal and orange blossom, fine powder texture, racy grapefruit acidity on the wet slate finish (****1/2)

Plantagenet Mount Barker Riesling 2011

Purchased: Dan Murphys, Melb CBD ($20)

Drink: 2013 or 2020+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2012, riper and slightly more open than some vintages but shows well structured lemon rind, lime and pear with rose petal and mandarin notes, steely with fresh citrusy acidity and good persistence (****)

Plantagenet Mount Barker Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, perfumed and spicy black cherry, dark plum and blueberry with dried herb, black pepper and tobacco notes, medium bodied with a savoury back half, a spine of fine powdery tannins and vanilla/cinnamon/clove oak aspects, well balanced elegant style (****1/2)

Plantagenet Great Southern Riesling 2010

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2012 or 2022+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, aromatic and tightly focussed lemon rind, apple and pear with acacia, rose petal and orange blossom notes, minerally with a talcum powder texture, penetrating and bracing grapefruit acidity on the wet slate finish (****)

Plantagenet Great Southern Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2011 or 2020+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, fragrant citrus blossom with a tightly wound and minerally palate of lime, green apple and lemon rind with spice and lemon sherbert nuances, precise and very long with wet stone and racy grapefruit acidity (****1/2)

Plantagenet Great Southern Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, perfumed and minerally core of medium-full bodied blackberry and dark plum with savoury meat, liquorice, black pepper and clove, long and full bodied palate with a firm spine of chewy tannins, spicy vanilla/cinnamon/ cedar oak (****1/2)

Plantagenet Mt. Barker Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, small Cabernet Franc and Merlot input, ripe entry reflecting the warm vintage showing spicy cassis and plum with violet although the meaty medium-full bodied palate tightens up to show more cool climate region savouriness and briar on the back half, toasty and sweet vanilla/pencil oak (***1/2)

Hazard Hill Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Purchased: Not ($13)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, blend of 68% Sauvignon Blanc and 28% Semillon with a splash of Riesling sourced from four Southern WA regions, aromatic, intense, minerally and tangy lemon grass, passionfruit and cut grass with racy lemon/grapefruit acidity, terrific value (***1/2)

Plantagenet Great Southern Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, ripe nectarine, melon and lemon with almond, smoked bacon and wheatmeal nuances, creamy with toasty cashew-vanilla oak, tightly knit grapefruit acidity and mineral finish (***1/2)

Omrah Cabernet Merlot 2008

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, medium-full bodied entry level blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot with a splash of Cabernet Franc and Shiraz, mainly Great Southern fruit but some Blackwood Valley component, well structured for the price point, spicy and juicy plum and mulberry with dried herb, menthol and black pepper notes, cedar-vanilla from the French/US oak, supple fine grained tannins (***1/2)

Omrah Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, sourced from Mt. Barker and Pemberton, 20% barrel ferment, a touch sweaty and forward, tropical fruit, cut grass and snow pea with some mid-palate creaminess and a whisper of vanilla, the crunchy citric acid and wet stone bring some redemption (***)

Plantagenet Great Southern Riesling 2007

Purchased: Espy Hotel, St. Kilda ($20)

Drink: 2009 or 2016 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2008, delicate but persistent spple and lime with rose petal notes, tangy with some yeast lee texture on a handsomely chalky slate base, focussed and savoury finish (****)

Plantagent Hazard Hill Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Purchased: Espy Hotel, St. Kilda, Vic ($13)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2008, 68% Semillon, 28% Sauvignon Blanc plus small amounts of Riesling, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, lively and tangy tropical fruit, lychee and orange rind, the racy lemon acids and chalky minerality on the finish keep it fresh rather than cloying (***1/2)

Plantagent Great Southern Shiraz 1998

Purchased: Baron Cellars, Melbourne CBD ($35)

Drink: 2009 or 2016 if you like it toasty

(G) Tasting: Aug 2007, smooth and lush with bottle age, meaty with briary blackberry and liqueur cherry, medium-full bodied with cinnamon, black pepper and eucalypt features, attractive clove, vanilla and dark chocolate oak is now nicely integrated through the palate, crowd pleaser (****)

Plantagenet Great Southern Riesling 2004

Purchased: Prince of Wales, St. Kilda (bin end)

Drink: 2007 or 2014 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: April 2007, attractive floral citrus blossom and musky nose, rich and deep lime and supported with some bracing grapefruit acidity and some orange rind, slatey base leads to a lingering chalky mineral finish (****)

Plantagent Riesling 1998

Purchased: Baron Cellars, Melbourne CBD

Drink: probably 2001 with hindsight

(GXY) Aug 2005, Rachel bought bottle for my book launch , very gold, toasty but the fruity limes had turned bitter, big disappointment, not fair to rate it as there seemed to be some oxidation. (NR)

Plantagent Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton, Vic

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: July 2004, aromas of cedary French oak, mocha, blackberry and mint, silky tannins, persistent fruit showing blackberry and mint which is very approachable, medium bodied and spicy finish is slightly short on the palate (***)

Plantagenet Liqueur Muscat NV

Purchased: Northbridge, Perth, 2002

Drink: 2003

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2003, nose and palate showed light caramel and raisins, smooth balance but on the light side for a stickey, interesting to try a WA muscat – but not up to the Rutherglen’s better Muscats (***)