A festival of natural, organic, biodynamic and minimal intervention wine from Western Australian producers at Northbridge garden bar, Henry Summer, on Saturday, attracted an enthusiastic crowd to sample over 50 wines from around 20 wineries, meet and chat to the winemakers, and nibble on snacks from the Henry Summer kitchen.
Hopefully destined to be an annual event this was a great opportunity to try some wine quite different from the run of the mill and wine styles that are becoming more and more popular, in WA, Australia, and internationally.
With exhibitors from Margaret River, the Great Southern, Perth Hills and the Swan Valley showing this is a state-wide trend, there were some outstanding wines on display.
The crowd were able to vote for their favourite wines and winery, and it was no surprise to see Side Project – Perth Hills and part of the Fairbrossen Estate – win the nod for best red and overall winery, while Margaret River’s Mon Tout picked up the prize for best white. The winemakers themselves had a vote and chose the outstanding wines from Blind Corner (which I had the pleasure of visiting last weekend at their Quindalup cellar door) as their pick of the show.
But there were many more that could easily have been worthy vote winners, including.
- Chalari – Perth Hills
- Cullen – Margaret River
- Heritic – Margaret River
- Arimia – Margaret River
- La Violetta – Great Southern
- Oranje Tractor – Great Southern
- Mountford – Pemberton
- Express Winemakers – Great Southern
- Settlers Ridge – Margaret River
- LS Merchants – Margaret River
- Stormflower – Margaret River
- Walsh and Sons – Margaret River
- Corymbia – Swan Valley
- Skigh – Margaret River
- Ipso Facto – Margaret River
For me, I particularly loved the Pet Nat from Blind Corner and the red blend from Corymbia.
All of these wineries are worth seeking out and visiting where they have a cellar door or hop on line and buy some of the fabulous wines on offer – and make a note to check out next year’s Native Wine event.