Knee Deep in new ven­ture

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - Ray Jor­dan and Therese Col­man

Do­maine Nat­u­ral­iste wine­maker Bruce Dukes has bought Wilyabrup’s Knee Deep Wines, with the sale com­pleted last week.

The prop­erty, which in­cludes a 20year-old, 21ha vine­yard pro­duces caber­net sauvi­gnon, syrah sauvi­gnon blanc and chardon­nay.

Mr Dukes told the Times he was “over the moon to take on the own­er­ship and cus­to­di­an­ship of such beau­ti­ful soil, in the pris­tine Wilyabrup precinct”.

“I have had the op­por­tu­nity to work with this site for around a decade, so I un­der­stand its enor­mous po­ten­tial,” he said.

“The op­por­tu­nity to se­cure such a great site in such a great re­gion, along with a ma­ture vine­yard is a once-in-al­ife­time event.”

The Knee Deep vine­yard was es­tab­lished in 2000 by Perth sur­geon Phil Childs.

Do­maine Nat­u­ral­iste will ac­quire the prop­erty and its as­sets, in­clud­ing the cel­lar door and restau­rant fa­cil­ity, plus the vine­yards.

Perth wine whole­saler Matt Holden of Grape and Grain has bought the Knee Deep brand.

The prop­erty has been re­named Do­maine Nat­u­ral­iste.

Mr Dukes will make the wines at his Nat­u­ral­iste Vint­ners pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity, where he pro­duces wines for sev­eral other Mar­garet River la­bels, in­clud­ing Clairault and Stre­icker.

He said his fo­cus would be in­vest­ing in the soil and the vines.

“I in­tend to graft and plant, to in­tro­duce some new clones of caber­net sauvi­gnon to cre­ate com­plex­ity,” he said.

“I now want to fo­cus on cre­at­ing a lux­ury wine brand with the qual­ity fruit we can now source for our own la­bel from this site.

“I will be in­tro­duc­ing new clones of some va­ri­eties and graft­ing oth­ers to change the mix over the next few years, with the aim of cre­at­ing wines of greater com­plex­ity.”

Do­maine Nat­u­ral­iste is on the cor­ner of John­son and Caves roads in Wilyabrup. It be­gins trad­ing un­der its new name next Fri­day.

Do­maine Nat­u­ral­iste owner and wine­maker Bruce Dukes has bought Wilyabrup’s Knee Deep Wines.

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