Knee Deep in new venture
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.