54b Bussell Highway, Cowaramup
(Postal PO Box 121 Cowaramup 6284)
Ph: (08) 9755 5883
One of Western Australia's leading organic wine producers with a cellar door located in the heart of Cowaramup. Some of its wines are vegan-friendly (ie not fined with animal products).
Wayne and Kaye Nobbs purchased the 101 acre property in 1994, originally part of a dairy farm. The property enjoys a picturesque, undulating landscape with a large area of remnant Marri and Jarrah forest. The heavy, gravely loam soils, perfect for viticulture, were planted with Red Globe table grapes and several wine grape varieties, using traditional organic methods.
In 1998 the Red Globe table grapes were grafted over to Merlot and Sangiovese. The year 2000 marked the first release of Merlot and Sangiovese Novello. Lantana ( rose style sweet red) was introduced in 2002, followed by the first fortified wine, being an organic Tawny Port in 2003.
The cellar door standout for me was the Sangiovese with its delicious marzipan-almond oak support.
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)
Settler’s Ridge Sangiovese 2016
Purchased: Not ($20)
(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2017, glossy and light-medium black cherry and plum with dried herb notes, some Merlot and Malbec input brings some dark fruit juiciness and violet florals, subtle powdery tannins and oak with an almond/marzipan twist to the finish (***1/2)
Settlers’ Ridge Sangiovese 2005
(W) Slight oak and low tannins, pleasant cherry chocolate bouquet, a light palate with a hint of roast almond and marzipan.
Purchased: Yes ($20)
(GXY) Tasting: March 2006, spicy cherry nose with almond and chocolate features, medium bodied palate shows unusual marzipan and almond oak features, soft tannins and sweet chocolate finish (****)
Settlers’ Ridge Shiraz 2001
Purchased: Not ($25)
(GXY) Tasting: March 2006, ripe blueberry and cassis flavours with pepper features, fruity palate is underpinned with subtle vanilla American oak, firm tannins and quite acidic on finish, needs some time to round off rough edges (***1/2)
Settlers’ Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Purchased: Not ($32)
(GXY) Tasting: March 2006, vegetarian friendly, ripe blackforest cake nose with leather notes, palate shows cherry and dark fruits, sweet vanilla oak, acidic finish, not fined (***1/2)
Settlers’ Ridge Chenin Blanc 2005
Purchased: Not ($17)
(GXY) Tasting: March 2006, sweet style, passionfruit and tropical fruit with some honeyed notes, quite sweet on finish, suitable for hot Asian dishes (***)
Settlers’ Ridge Tawney Port NV
Purchased: Not ($18)
(GXY) Tasting: March 2006, sweet prune and dark fruit with caramel and nutty notes, lighter in style than most Tawneys (***)
Settlers’ Ridge Blend 51
(W) Blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz and is made in a light style without big tannins, pleasant fruity bouquet, a light palate with a hint of spice, totally CHEMICAL AND PRESERVATIVE FREE and is popular with people who have chemical sensitivity or allergies
Purchased: Not ($20)
(GXY) Tasting: March 2006, chemical and preservative free, unoaked red blend, entirely fruit-driven based on fresh cassis, dark cherry and blueberry flavours, no tannins or acid (**1/2)
Settlers’ Ridge Lantana 2005
(W) Second vintage of this sweet red wine, and even better than the first, made from a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet and Malbec pressed very gently
Purchased: Not ($18.50)
(GXY) Tasting: March 2006, light rose style, sweet dark fruits with herbal complexity on the mid-palate (**1/2)