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Wise Wines

Lot 4 Eagle Bay Rd, Dunsborough, 6281

Cellar Door: Daily: 10-5

Ph: (08) 9756 8627

cellar door
The Wise cellar door near Cape Naturaliste in the nothern Margaret River (photo: genxywines)

Wise Wines is brand run by entrepreneur Ron Wise. It has an 18 ha vineyards in the Margaret River and another at Doonybrook (Geographe).

There are 6 ha of estate Shiraz, Cabernet and Zinfandel vines on the 60 ha winery and restaurant property near Cape Naturaliste in the northern Margaret River.

Most of the wide portfolio is drawn from contract-grown grapes from Pemberton, Manjimup, and Frankland River with the dessert Tokay sourced from the Swan Valley and Tawny Port from the Barossa.

The winemakers are Imogen Dillon and Jake Bacchus with consultancy advice from Larry Cherubino .

The budget ranges are Sea Urchin and Bead Sparkling, the regional mid tier is Leaf and Lot 80 with the single vineyard Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz at the pinnacle. The perfumed Lot 80 Petit Verdot I had in their restaurant was a standout for me.

Entrance (photo: genxywines)
Lunch at the restaurant (photo: genxywines)
Mid-winter balcony views from restaurant towards Cape Naturaliste (photo: genxywines)
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)

Wise Lot 80 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2030

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2017, quite perfumed blackcurrant jube and blueberry with flashed of red fruit, some violet and bay leaf notes, linear and medium-full bodied with firm grainy tannins, slaty minerality and vibrant acidity, good persistence with dark chocolate/cedar on the finish (****1/2)

Wise Margaret River Leaf Series Malbec 2012

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, single vineyard release from Cowaramup, perfumed, juicy and medium-full bodied blueberry, dark plums and redcurrant with violet and asian spice notes, supple and long with handsome clove/ bitter dark chocolate/cedar oak support, slinky savoury tannins (****)

Wise Lot 80 Margaret River Petit Verdot 2009

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: July 2011, very pure and supple blueberry, cassis and mulberry with pronounced violet and iris florals and a touch of fruitcake sweetness on the plump mid-palate, medium-full bodied with underlying minerality and long, slinky tannins, admirably restrained cedar-vanilla oak, who says that Petit Verdot is a mere blending variety (****1/2)

Wise Lot 80 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: July 2011, attractive perfumed style showing layers of blueberry, cassis, redcurrant and olive fruit, long and medium bodied with lifted violet florals, persistent savoury tannins with roast coffee-cedar oak (****)

Wise Sea Urchin Margaret River Pemberton Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Randalls, Albert Park, Melb ($18)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2011, well balanced with ripe tropical fruits in a broad gooseberry/passionfruit/kiwifruit and guava range, minerally with racy lemon citrus acids, controlled herbaceousness and a touch of phenolics, good length although the Sauvignon Blanc seems to be doing most of the work (***1/2)