The end of my time in Australia was spent in Perth with one of my best friends, Christina. During that week in WA, we decided to take a little road trip to Margaret River and see some of her wine pals down there. Christina and I have been going on wine adventures together for several years, the only difference with this adventure is that we had an extra buddy in tow – her newborn baby girl Alba. Safe to say this trip was a bit more tame than in previous years, but perhaps even better? We went to bed early, didn’t get too drunk and stayed hydrated! It was kind of great.
The highlight of my time in Margaret River was getting to meet Iwo and Sarah, husband and wife winemakers of Si Vintners. They are two of the most kindhearted people and they make damn good wine. They first bought their property in 2010, which came with 20 acres of 35 year old vines. They farm organically/biodynamically and make wine as simply as possible with no additives apart from a small amount of SO2 at bottling. We were able to taste through quite a few wines from bottle and barrel and I was just so impressed. Clean and well-made, but not lacking in texture, soul or personality.
They work with pinot noir, chardonnay, semillon, and red Bordeaux varieties and use old french barrels, concrete eggs and some stainless steel. They also play around with aging the semillon in concrete eggs under flor, which is super cool. I only wish they made more wine and that it was available to me in LA. I should stop whining. PS- If you want to know what steam cleaning a barrel looks like see below. PPS- If you want to know the most consumed beverage in any winery anywhere in the world, and no it’s not wine, you can also refer to one of the photos below.
Thanks to Sarah and Iwo for such a lovely visit. And to my dear Christina for introducing me to all of the special people and talented winemakers I met in Australia.