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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.