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Peel Estate

Fletcher Rd, Baldivis, 6171

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (08) 9524 1221

Peel Estate cellar door (photo: genxywines)

The founding commercial winery of the region and the only one with a national profile.

Despite having no experience or formal training, Will Nairn at the age of 40 made a risky decision to stop farming lucerne at his Baldivis property and start a winery in 1980 (although the first Shiraz vines were planted back in 1973). Now after over a quarter of a century Peel Estate is still the flagship for the region and holds the Great Shiraz Challenge each September.

Twenty super-premium six year old Shirazes from Australia and France (including Henschke’s Hill of Grace and the Grange Hermitage, and Peel Estate) are blind tasted by a panel of independent wine experts. The Peel Estate’s Shirazes manage to not disgrace themselves in such auspicious company.

The Shiraz also comes out in a lush, tarry liqueur Shiraz form. There is a lot more than just Shiraz here: Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Verdelho, a very dry Rose and Zinfandel.

There is a Baroque Cremant Sparkling Shiraz, and a not too shabby second tier Sparkling Shiraz. Alternative variety fans might appreciate the fortified Vintage Quattro made from four Portuguese varieties.

For the traditionalists the standout white wine is the Chenin Blanc. Most WA wineries now use the variety in the modern form as an unoaked and crisp, lightweight summer quaffer ready for immediate consumption. Here the variety is treated with rare reverence, and is blended from 3 different levels of barrel ferment and then left for 4 or 5 years to bottle age before release.

This is WA’s traditional ‘white burgundy’ style of white wine made for long term cellaring and shows the rarely-utilised potential for this variety to develop rich, toasty features associated with good Hunter Semillons and Goulburn Valley Marsannes. Will Nairn reckons that the wooded Chenin Blancs are still improving after 15 years.

Inside the Peel Estate's old school cellar door (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)

Peel Estate Wood Matured Chenin Blanc 2012

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: June 2016, rich and fermented in French oak puncheons, peach, melon and cumquat with some emerging honeysuckle notes, charry vanilla oak and crisp lemony acidity, best in a few years (****)

Peel Estate Old Vine Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: June 2016, from the original 1973 vines, minimal filtration, powerful and plush, savoury blackberry, blackberry and mulberry with olive tapenade and violet notes, chassis of powdery tannins with rich cofeee/cinnamon French oak (****)

Peel Estate Rose Sec 2015

Purchased: Not ($18)


Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2016, derived from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, dry and moderately viscous with delicate red fruits including strawberry and rose petals, a whiff of mintiness, fresh orange peel nuanced acidity (***1/2)

Peel Estate Verdelho 2014

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2016, fresh. upfront and spicy orange peel, moon and tropical fruits with a persistent trail of chalky phenolics and balanced citric acidity (***1/2)

Peel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: June 2016, firm and medium-full bodied cassis and mulberry with mint and violet notes, earthy with grippy stalky acidity and rich cigar box French oak, some dark chocolate on the finish (***1/2)

Peel Estate Chardonnay 2012

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2016, partial barrel fermentation, big and powerful lime, melon and yellow peach with ample toasty cashew-vanilla oak with a firm spine of grapefruit acidity (***)

Peel Estate Shiraz Cabernet 2013

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: June 2016, plump and juicy mulberry. plum and blackberry with mint leaf notes, earthy and medium bodied with grainy tannins, caramelised cinnamon/cedar oak (***)

Peel Estate Verdelho 2011

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($19)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, green edged straw colour, slightly restrained and crisp passionfruit. mango and guava with a chalky texture, good length with a dry spicy finish (****)

Peel Estate Wood Matured Chenin Blanc 2010

Purchased: Cellarbrations, St. Kilda ($25)

Drink: 2018+

(GXY) Tasting:  Oct 2012, longer cellaring style in contrast to the fresh drink, now style usually seen in WA,  estery, smooth pear, paw paw and guava with some emergent toasty honeysuckle and a whiff of white flowers and charry vanilla oak, crisp lemony acidity, a little transitional at the moment but should continue to develop over next few years (****)

Peel Estate Rose Sec 2009

Purchased: Cellarbrations, St. Kilda ($15)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2012, salmon orange colour, sitting somewhere between dry and off-dry, savoury and silky cherry and raspberry with garden herb nuances, chalky finish, the acid is just starting to fade, would have been better and fresher if drunk last year (***)

Peel Estate Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Cellar Door ($32)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: July 2011, as usual has a delayed release, attractively savoury wine showing blackberry, red cherry and plum cake with olive tapanade and white pepper, medium bodied with underlying warm earthiness, chalky texture with well judged mocha/vanilla/cinnamon oak, persistent fine grained tannin (****)

Peel Estate Vintage Quattro 2005

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: July 2011, a lighter, drier style of “Port” more in the vein of the authentic Douro Valley (ie from Portugal), made from the Portuguese varieties Tinta Amarella, Tinta Cao, Touriga and Souzao, blackberry, plum pudding and raisens with warm spice and coffee aspects, some tannic grip and a warming brandy spirit finish (****)

Peel Estate Verdelho 2010

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: July 2011, lively melon, passionfruit and guava with a chalky texture and good length by varietal standards, well balanced acidity, finishes fairly dry, one of the better examples of this fruit salad variety (****)

Peel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: July 2011, juicy and medium-full bodied redcurrant, mulberry and dark plum with mint leaf and rhubarb notes, glycerolly mid-palate with good depth, firm and ripe tannins, toasty cedar-vanilla oak (***1/2)

Peel Estate Old Vine Zinfandel 2006

Purchased: Cellar Door ($45)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: July 2011, has some attraction due to its rich tapestry of christmas cake, raspberry, clove and blackberry flavours, long savoury tannins, the achilles heel is the spirity finish from the 17% alcohol (***1/2)

Peel Estate Sparkling Shiraz NV

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: July 2011, this is the second tier to the Baroque Cremant, brightly flavoured and not too sweet, christmas pudding, blackberry and red berries, fine mousse and well integrated dosage (***1/2)

Peel Estate Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: July 2011, ripe yellow peach and melon with partial barrel ferment, creamy with toasty cashew-vanilla-cinnamon oak, has a good line, crisp and chalky lemon acids, some savoury phenolics (***1/2)

Peel Estate Shiraz 2001

Purchased: Not ($36)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, earthy and smooth showing cassis and dark plum, palate shows well developed clove, white pepper and cinnamon features but not as pronounced as the cooler 2000 vintage, underpinned by a core of mulberry fruit, French and American oak, fine tannins (****)

Peel Estate Shiraz 2000

Purchased: Not ($36)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, smooth and medium bodied with cassis and dark plum, the six years of ageing has given time for white pepper, clove and cinnamon features to fully develop and integrate throughout the palate, spicy and savoury elements overlie a spine of liqueur red cherry, French and American oak, fine tannins are starting to round but will support a few more years cellaring (****)

Peel Estate Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, fairly muscular and big style showing peach and nectarine, tangy palate with a splash of butterscotch, creamy palate supported with tasty cashew-vanilla oak, lingering citric acid finish to last medium term cellaring (***1/2)

Peel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, mulberry and blackcurrant with a touch of white pepper, quite ripe from the warm vintage but avoids jamminess, smooth palate with well integrated American oak adding some cigar box features, slightly hot finish (***1/2)

Peel Estate Verdelho 2006

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, floral tropical fruit nose with passionfruit, banana and melon aromas predominating, semi-dry palate with musky features and a crisp finish (***)(****)