hamelin bay wines awards galore

Our friends, Ros & Richard Drake-Brockman of Hamelin Bay wines have been doing very well lately.  Their vineyard is located in the south of Margaret River near Karridale named after the most pristine, white sanded, turquoise beaches in the area.  They have plotted heat summation graphs and interestingly are a touch cooler than Bordeaux … so their fine wines always have plenty of lively acidity.  Hamelin Bay have been receiving reviews and winning awards galore.

Hamelin Bay Five Ashes Reserve Chardonnay 07 – “Top Tipple” – Ray Jordan, The West Australian. “…impressive palate intensity….Lovely mix of quince and oak on the nose with traces of light toast and orange zest.  Complex and powerful wine with some cellaring potential. 90/100”. Other acolades:  Silver – Royal Adelaide Show; Silver – Royal Hobart Show; Bronze – Royal Perth Show; Bronze – Margaret River Show. Also – STM’s Top 100 Summer Wines – Best of the Best – Peter Forrestal.

Hamelin Bay Five Ashes Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 – Huon Hooke’s Top 100 New Releases, Gourmet Traveller Wine. “Crushed, leafy, cool-grown cabernet aromas here….Raspberry and blackberry, too, with a twist of iodine/seaweed, typical Margaret River.  Elegant, medium-bodied and trim.   A very stylish red. 4 stars.  91/100.” Other awards: Bronze – Royal Perth Show; Decanter Magazine UK – 16 points.

Hamelin Bay Rose 2008 – John Lewis Newcastle Herald – 4.5 out of 5. “…vivid pink and has cherry and potpourri aromas.  Ripe strawberry flavour zips onto the front of the palate and subtle elements of cloves and vanillin oak join in on the middle palate.  Steely acid comes through at the finish.