Es­tab­lished Har­vey vines come of age

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

A CHARDON­NAY from the heart of Har­vey has re­ceived in­ter­na­tional ap­proval with a gold medal from the Aus­tralian New Zealand Bou­tique Wine Show ear­lier this month.

Fifth Es­tate Win­ery, run by Julie and Mark Moloney, was awarded a gold medal for its 2016 chardon­nay at the bou­tique wine awards in Syd­ney last month.

Mrs Moloney said they had suc­cess in the same com­pe­ti­tion pre­vi­ously with their 2008 shi­raz and 2014 tem­pranillo.

“We had a feel­ing we were on a bit of a win­ner this year,” she said.

Mrs Moloney said this show was an in­ter­na­tion­ally re­spected event in the wine in­dus­try.

“It has got a very good rep­uta-

tion and buy­ers and other wine­mak­ers put it in very high stand­ing,” she said.

“Peo­ple who know of wine will know this event.”

Mrs Moloney said it was a com­bi­na­tion of the weather and the cli­mate that con­trib­uted to a par­tic­u­larly good vin­tage.

“The com­bi­na­tion of the weather and cli­mate that year made it a good year for wines that weren’t within smoke dis­tance of the fires,” she said.

“Any­thing that wasn’t af­fected by the smoke at that time did pretty well.”

Mrs Moloney said hav­ing one of the best wine­mak­ers in Aus­tralia, Mar­garet River-based wine­maker Peter Stan­lake who fer­ments the grapes for a num­ber of Geographe winer­ies, con­trib­uted to the award.

The vines at Fifth Es­tate were planted in 1999 and since then have been pruned back each win­ter.

“The vines are com­ing to a good age now,” Mrs Moloney said.

She said the win­ery would be en­ter­ing its 2016 chardon­nay in the Geographe Wine Show as well.

“In the Geographe wine event every Septem­ber lo­cal winer­ies get to­gether and com­pete,” she said.

“It’s all about pro­mot­ing the Geographe wine re­gion which is be­com­ing a lot more known for al­ter­na­tive wines, and shi­raz and chardon­nay.”

Fifth Es­tate Win­ery owner Julie Moloney vis­its the vines which yielded the gold medal winning 2016 chardon­nay at the Aus­tralia New Zealand Bou­tique Wine Show.

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