We hadn’t dropped into Olive Farm from many months until the long weekend when we again visited this, the oldest winery in WA; for many years located in South Guildford, the move to the Swan Valley came around 2007, to a purpose built, and architecturally award winning, winery in Millendon. Alongside is the exceptional cheese café, the Cheese Barrel – making the winery and café a prime destination for lovers of the good food and wine life.
Since our last visit a number of new wines have come on stream and we came away with a small selection; these are reviewed below along with a couple of others we tried on the day.
2017 Rosé– made from Cabernet Sauvignon, this is bright, summery pink, with an aromatic bouquet of strawberries and cherries. The juicy, fresh palate is redolent of cranberries and raspberries, a little mid palate sweetness, and finishing refreshing, crisp and dry.
2016 Touriga Nacional – not many WA wineries producing this as a straight varietal table wine and after tasting this you have to question why? Shimmeringly crimson, it has a spicy bouquet with notes of all spice, a little vanilla edge, and lingering hints of citrus and red berries. The smooth, juicy palate shows flavours of ripe plums and some echoes of the aromatic spice on the nose.
2016 Tempranillo – dark cherries and raspberries on the nose, underpinned by distinct spicy notes; the dusty, dry, gravelly palate has flavours of prunes and dried raspberries, finishing with mouth puckering tannins.
2016 Cabernet Franc – deep crimson hue, with blackcurrant and red pepper aromas, with some herbal notes; on the palate, damson plums, cinnamon and chocolate flavours supported by grippy tannins, finishing long and dry.
2016 Malbec – dark red, mulberry aromas, with hints of crushed violets, liquorice and nutmeg. Milk chocolate notes abound on the palate, with dark plum flavours supported by fine tannins.
2016 Durif – deep, dark red with touches of purple, sweet plum aromas with hints of liquorice and spice. Full bodied with mocha and chocolate notes, concentrated flavours of plums; rich, warming conclusion. I am a fan of this grape especially those from Rutherglen and all of the WA examples I have tried are proof of the potential in this State.
The Yurisich’s make a great array of top quality wine (a great range of olives too); their fortified wines the equal of any in Australia, with the gorgeous Stari one of the truly great wines of Western Australia. I still have a bottle at home waiting the right occasion (and company) to open it….
Olive Farm should be high on your list for any Swan Valley wine tour.