HOP TO UNWINED

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

FROG Choir is such a bou­tique win­ery that it pro­duces only one wine each sea­son.

So the rare op­por­tu­nity to taste and com­pare three of the tiny Mar­garet River win­ery’s vin­tages is one of the great treats of this month’s Oc­to­ber UnWined Su­bi­aco.

At UnWined, Frog Choir owner Kate Hunt will of­fer a ‘ver­ti­cal’ tast­ing in­volv­ing their 2008, 2010 and 2011 shi­raz caber­net.

“It’s vastly dif­fer­ent and a bit of a nov­elty for peo­ple to do a ver­ti­cal tast­ing, al­though we can’t do any­thing else re­ally,” Mrs Hunt said.

“But it gives peo­ple a chance to try all three and re­alise the dif­fer­ences.”

For the Hunt fam­ily, who live in Swan­bourne, their lit­tle piece of par­adise near Leeuwin and Voy­ager es­tates con­tains less than 4ha of vines and is con­sid­ered one of the small­est winer­ies in Aus­tralia.

The prop­erty also has a hol­i­day house and three ter­raced dams chock full of frogs – hence the la­bel.

Fes­ti­vals such as UnWined are im­por­tant to help their brand, which is pro­duced off­site by award-win­ning vint­ner Bruce Dukes, to gain trac­tion in the mar­ket.

“Be­cause we are so tiny we try to re­ally make the best wine that we can; we use good oak and Bruce is ter­rific,” Mrs Hunt said.

About 70 com­pa­nies are tak­ing part in UnWined this year, which is be­ing held on Oc­to­ber 29 and 30 at Su­bi­aco’s Mar­ket Square.

Event di­rec­tor Richard Camp­bell ready for the UnWined Su­bi­aco food and wine fes­ti­val.

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