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Brookland Valley

Caves Rd, Wilyabrup, 6280

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (08) 9755 6042

Brookland Valley was established in 1984 by Dee and Malcolm Jones. They initially aimed to be dairy farmers were quickly diverted into wine making after they witnessed the growth of the fledgling Margaret River wine region.

In 1984 Malcolm engaged the services of vineyard consultants, Brian Crozer and Tony Jordan, to assist with the planning and planting of the vineyard. At the time it was the most high-tech vineyard in Margaret River. Planned in minute detail by Malcolm, the vineyard was planted not only with the region's classic varieties of vines. Along with the vines came all manner of electronic monitoring devices that feed information to a computer

In 1997 Australia's second biggest wine company, BRL Hardy, was seeking a boutique Margaret River winery producing premium wines to add to its portfolio. It was agreed with the proviso that Malcolm and Dee continue to operate the business ensuring continuity. Since 2004 Hardys has 100% ownership (Hardys itself is part of Accolade).

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Brookland Valley cellar door also includes a wine art gallery

The production of the estate wines under the Brookland Valley label has continued since the joint venture, with the wines also being made in BRL Hardy's (now Constellation) new winery at Nannup, some 100km to the east of Margaret River.

The biggest change since Hardys came on board is the Verse One range of wines that are produced for the popular under $20 retail market but often deliver above expectations. James Halliday in his 2009 Wine Companion awards 95 points to the 2006 Verse One Shiraz.

To ensure quantity and a consistent quality, Brookland Valley has signed long-term contracts with a series of vineyards totalling about 150ha (350 acres). These vineyards are spread over the 120km length of the Margaret River Wine Region and give Brookland Valley a selection from most of the sub-regions, including Yallingup in the north, Carbunup in the north east, central Wallcliffe and the new and exciting Karridale region in the south.

While there you should check out the excellent Flute's Restaurant and the gallery of wine and food-related accessories.

The chief wine-maker is Courtney Treacher.

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View of Pan and Brookland Valley Lake from the Flute's Restaurant
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Senior wine-maker Courtney Treacher used to in charge of the Moonbah Brook brand.
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)

Brookland Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, Gold Medal at Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2014, fragrant array of black cherry, blueberry and mulberry with sage and olive notes, violet florals, dusty medium-full bodied palate with some earthiness, mouth coating fine tannins, spicy dark chocolate/cedar oak (****1/2)

Brookland Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2012

Purchased: Not ($71)

Drink: 2019+

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2013, rich and tangy palate showing nectarine and †honey dew melon with smoked bacon and lemon curd nuances, attractive talcy minerality, powerful regional style with nervy grapefruit acidsity and matching grilled nut-vanilla-cinnamon oak, some briny phenolics, not short of charm and balance despite the power (*****)

Brookland Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Purchased: Not ($71)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2013,† profoundly perfumed showing pristine and foresty blackcurrant and redcurrant with violet florals, musky spices and a touch of dark olive, deep set and focussed palate, underpinned with a spine of fine, dusty tannins leading to balanced cedar/vanilla oak† (*****)

Brookland Valley Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, Gold Medal at Sydney Royal Wine Show 2011, perfumed and concentrated showing white peach, lime and honeydew melon with clove and cinnamon oak spice, very long and sumptuous with penetrating grapefruit acidity and grilled hazelnut/vanilla oak, a savoury hint of smoked bacon on the finish (****1/2)

Brookland Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2021+

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, complex, deep set and vibrant cassis, black cherry, blueberry and mulberry with black olive, sage, violet and tobacco noes, dusty and medium-full bodied palate with some assertive charred dark chocolate/cedar/vanilla oak which also brings some savoury aspects, mouth-coating finely grained tannins (****1/2)

Verse One Cabernet Merlot 2010

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, medium bodied, smooth and creamy blackcurrant and mulberry with light mint, violet and tobacco nuances, a streak of graphite minerality leading to loose knit powdery tannins, while still a reasonable value entry wine it lacks a little of its usual focus (***)

Verse One Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, seems softer and less focussed than usual, barrel fermented and chalky passionfruit, tropical fruit, lemon sherbert and cut grass with musk and red capsicum notes, gentle lemon rind acidity (***)

Brookland Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2008

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, Gold Medal at Sydney Wine Show 2010, highly perfumed with silky and ethereal core of blackcurrant and black cherry with flashes blueberry and mulberry, quite deep with violet and herb notes, the palate shows more savoury roast meat on the back half, morphs into the lightly charred chocolate-cedar-vanilla oak, supple fine grained tannin, will take a little time to fully integrate the new oak but is a very classy regional example (*****)

Brookland Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($63)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, quite concentrated and tangy palate showing grapefruit, nectarine, honey dew melon with smoked bacon and pineapple nuances, attractive talcy minerality, despite the power it is shapely and focussed with penetrating acids and enough grilled nut-vanilla oak to match the fruit (****1/2)

Verse One Cabernet Merlot 2008

Purchased: Safeways, St Kilda ($15)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, spicy medium bodied mulberry and blackcurrant packed with smoky cedar, liquorice and dried herb notes, graphite mineral-infused extract has surprising intensity and depth for the price point, creamy oak and supple open knit tannins and lingering acids, the fruit fades fractionally short and just loses some focus on the finish but once again represents outstanding value (****)

Verse One Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda ($15)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, from one of the regionís best recent vintages, clean, light and beautifully balanced, mineral-infused passionfruit and lemon sherbert with tobacco, nettle and herbal nuances, lemony acids build intensity along the palate, good line and length, mainstream style but done rather well and at a very reasonable price (****)

Verse One Semillon Cabernet Merlot 2007

Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda ($18)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, potent liquorice all sorts nose, fairly broad but flavoursome mulberry and blackcurrant with plenty of mint, black pepper, cinnamon and anise features, medium bodied with a good streak of regional minerality, fruit does hollow out a bit with the creamy mocha oak rather dominating the back end, there is a good cut of acid and enough tannic structure for medium term cellaring but is suitable for immediate consumption (***1/2)

Verse One Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda ($17)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2009, tangy lemon sherbery, cut grass and tropical fruit with some melon notes, good line and thrust with spicy capsicum finish, persistent chalky finish with orange rind features, consistent high performer for the price range (****)

Verse One Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda ($17)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2008, dry and zesty and highlights the synergy achievable between these two varieties in this region, lemon sherbert and tangy tropical fruit with some green bean and capsicum aspects but not too vegetal, spicy finish with lemon and orange rind acidity, great value (****)

Brookland Valley Estate Chardonnay 2003

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: March 2006, intense stonefruit, melon and white peach flavours, deep but buttery palate is followed up with firm zingy acid, toasty vanilla oak, well crafted example of the regional style (****)

Brookland Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc 2001

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: March 2006, 70% Cab Sav, 15% Merlot and 15% Cab Franc, aromatic nose showing violet, red currant and cigar box notes around the blackcurrant core, medium bodied palate is backed up with subtle toasty oak, dusty tannins (***1/2)

Brookland Valley Estate Merlot 2001

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: March 2006, ripe mulberry and raspberry flavours backed up with chocolate and savoury features from the 14 months oaking, also hint of lavendar on the medium bodied palate, soft tannins (***)

Verse One Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: March 2006, had a glass at the winery restaurant and ate it with yabbies, fragant peach, melon and nectarine flavours with touch of almond nuttiness, soft oily palate, acid is a bit flabby, drink now style suitable to have in Flutes Restaurant (***)