The sweet taste of success: Millbrook Winery

Millbrook Winery’s Alan Dingle and Damien Hutton with local MLA John Day.
Millbrook Winery’s Alan Dingle and Damien Hutton with local MLA John Day.

NO stranger to winning awards at the Perth Hills Wine Show the Millbrook Winery managed to scoop a big part of the pool with their 2014 Viognier awarded Gold and then also winning the best white wine of the show, the best wine of the show and the wine showing the best regional character.

The Jarrahdale boutique winery previously won a bronze for their 2009 Millbrook Limited Release Fogs Folly Bronze Perth Hills Wine Show in 2013.

Chief winemaker Damian Hutton said he had dedicated much of his 12 years at Millbrook to producing a world class Viognier and the results this year are a reflection of his passion for the variety.

“I believe in producing wines which reflect the essence and character of the region from which the grapes were sourced,” he said.

“It is a great honour to be recognised for this at our local regional wine show.”

Mr Hutton was presented an award from chief judge Ross Pamment (Houghtons) and later that evening, another from Planning Minister and local MP John Day.

But it’s not all bad news for other local growers. Mr Pamment said the way forward for local winemakers was to explore the genre of sparkling varietals which were so popular and successful in the Bickley and Carmel growing area.

Myattsfield won a medal for a sparkling variety while Hainault Vineyard also took out two medals.

Other judges at the ZigZag Cultural centre on the night included Larry Jorgensen and Ann Marie Tambourie.

Mr Pamment mentioned up-and- coming winemakers like Daniel Tonon’s Sparkling Vermentino which was awarded a Bronze medal on the night as the future theme for winemakers in the region.

Previously the 2013 Millbrook Estate Shiraz Viognier was awarded Gold and also won the best Shiraz, and the best red wine at the show.

Millbrook Winery was also awarded a trophy for best exhibitor in 2013.

Three years earlier the winery took out the 2010 award for the best Estate Shiraz Viognier.

Millbrook Winery was established by Perth businessman Peter Fogarty, his wife Lee and their family with the planting of the vineyard in Jarrahdale at the southern tip of the Darling Scarp in 1996.

The plantation was followed by the construction of a state-of-the-art 500 tonne capacity gravity fed winery, a cellar door and a restaurant which opened in 2001.

“The climate here is comparable to that of the Rhone Valley in France and suits Shiraz and Viognier which ripen for harvest at the same time, just as they would in France,” Mr Hutton said.

Cellar Door manager Tony Westwood said Mr Hutton was now enjoying a well-earned break in the school holidays with his family.

Millbrook Winery is open Wednesday to Sunday in Old Chestnut Lane, Jarrahdale.