Lamont’s Dinner
We are delighted to partner with Lamont’s Wine Store in Cottesloe to host two events on 20 August – a casual tasting from 4-6pm, followed by a five course dinner from 6.30pm. 

Guests will be able to experience our new 2017 Riesling, 2013 Shiraz, and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. We will also show a vertical of three highly rated Shiraz vintages and a 10 year comparison of Riesling. 

The event will be hosted by vigneron Alex Taylor & wine consultant Blair Hill.

Tasting: 4-6pm, w Finger Food, $25
Dinner: 6.30pm, 5 Courses, $95
Date: Sunday, August 20th

Event bookings are available through (08) 9385 0666 or cottesloe@lamonts.com.au


Wine List & Menu:

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Marsanne 2007, Back Vintage
Poachers Ridge Vineyard Marsanne 2016, Our Price: $25

Broad bean and pea bruschetta

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Riesling 2007, Back Vintage
Gold Medal – Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show 2008
Silver – Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show 2007
Silver – Perth Royal Wine Show 2007

“Fine, tight, classic style; crisp and dry; very pure, lingering acidity; fresh waxy finish. Gold WA Wine Show ’08.”

94 Points, James Halliday

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Riesling 2017, New Release
Tempura barramundi, lemon

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Louis’ Block Merlot 2014

“Savoury aromas of truffle and lanolin jostle for attention on the bouquet with the more expected varietal characters of plum and mulberry. Sleek and silky on the palate, the flavours of the grape mesh seamlessly with the French oak; the tannin is fine and in perfect harmony. Polished and pleasurable to drink now or later.”

94 Points, James Halliday, The Wine Companion

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Reserve Merlot 2012

"Bright, clear crimson-purple; the assertion 'only made in the best vintages' is routinely overused (and hence untrue). Here is an exception, a wine with all the fragrance and finesse merlot should have, the red fruits supported by flawless silky tannins, high quality French oak in the background."

96 Points, James Halliday, The Wine Companion

Roasted mushrooms, avocado, tahini

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Sophie’s Yard Shiraz 2013, New Release

“Even-tempered wine though it doesn't leave anyone short-changed. Black cherry and blackberry with modest input from dry leaves and spice. Chocolatey oak too plays a minor role. In short, it does the simple things well: flavour, length, balance, structure. All it needs is a couple of years to find its feet.”

95 Points, James Halliday, The Wine Companion

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Sophie’s Yard Shiraz 2014, Pre Release

“The deep, vivid crimson-purple colour semaphores the epic array of blackberry, blackcurrant, black cherry, licorice, spice and pepper that fill the bouquet and medium to full-bodied palate alike. This is a wine made in the vineyard, and Rob Diletti’s role was to act as a quality control officer, doing as little as possible. The length of the future of the wine is unknowable. Drink to 2054”

96 Points, James Halliday, The Wine Companion

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Sophie’s Yard Shiraz 2015, Pre Release
Wagyu pie, truffle catalan, leafy greens

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Louis’ Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Back Vintage

“Purple-crimson; blackcurrant, cedar and spice are constant notes on the bouquet and medium-bodied palate; overall good length and balance in a cool climate mode.”

James Halliday, The Wine Companion

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Louis’ Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, New Release

“Solid red in terms of its mid palate but lively around the edges. Cabernet with character. Blackcurrant, streaky herbs, violets, cranberry. Saucy sense of raw, cedary, smoky oak. Will develop well.”

James Halliday, The Wine Companion

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

“Hand-picked from low-yielding estate vines. Bright, full purple-crimson, it is a full-bodied cabernet with layers of cassis fruit, and forceful tannins needing to soften substantially. Rob Diletti is obviously confident they will do so, and he knows better than I do. Drink to 2032”

94 Points, James Halliday, The Wine Companion

Cheddar, beetroot, baguette
Coffee, biscotti

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Limited Release Mixed Riesling Pack

Limited Release Mixed Riesling Pack

Join us in welcoming our latest wine to the fold and get ready for spring at the same time.  

For the month of August, we have curated a limited release mixed six pack of new and cellared Poacher’s Ridge Rieslings.

  • 2 x 2017 Riesling (New release)
  • 1 x 2014 Riesling
    – 95Pts (Halliday)
    – 95Pts (Ray Jordan)
    – Runner Up ‘Best Riesling’ — Ray Jordan 2015.
  • 2 x 2007 Riesling
    – 94 points (Halliday)
    – Gold Mt Barker Wine Show
    – Silver Perth Royal Show
  • 1 x 2009 Late Harvest Riesling

Price $150 including shipping (RRP $174).

Click here to purchase.

Tasting Notes:

Riesling 2017
West of the old town of Narrikup is where you’ll find Poacher’s Ridge. This is rich, prehistoric country; a country shaped by ancient granite and the cool Southern Ocean winds. A land that bends backs, but gives back ten-fold – if you listen closely.

Lime and grapefruit juice flavours impart a minerality unique to these ancient lands. Tightly wound, the wine is dry; light to medium in body. It is a wine destined to age gracefully with cellaring. 

2014 Riesling
A dry, light bodied style of Riesling with a fresh acid structure and purity of fruit running through the core of the wine. Flavours of lime and grapefruit juice abound with a very balanced and persistent finish.

    Aromas of lime juice and grapefruit with lifted floral notes and orange blossom on the nose.  A dry, light bodied style of Riesling with a fresh acid structure and purity of fruit running through the core of the wine. Flavours of lime and grapefruit juice abound with a very balanced and persistent finish.

    95pts — James Halliday, 2016 Australian Wine companion.

    95pts — Ray Jordan, 2015 WA Wine Guide.

    Runner Up ‘Best Riesling’ — Ray Jordan, 2015 WA Wine Guide.

    • 2007 Riesling
    • 2009 Late Harvest Riesling

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    Release of Poacher's Ridge 2017 Riesling

    Release of Poacher's Ridge 2017 Riesling

    Starting with beautiful floral aromatics on the nose, on the palate our 2017 Riesling is dry with a light-to-medium body and showing lime and grapefruit juice flavours.  The colour is surprisingly straw given the wine has just been bottled.  Sugar and acid are balanced like a circus performer on a tightrope.  

    The relatively light weight of the wine and its refreshing acidity would pair well with seafood; (crab or white fish); duck or chicken; or a spicy Asian dish (like Nasi Goreng or anything packed with ginger).

    Click here to purchase the 2017 Riesling.

    To celebrate the latest release of one of our hallmark wines, we have pulled together a limited release mixed Riesling pack.

    Click here to purchase the Riesling Mixed Six Pack.

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    Aged Wine Release Program

    Aged Wine Release Program

    We are passionate about aged cool climate wines, which is why we set aside a small amount of our wines each vintage and re-release these over time in limited quantities.

    As part of our cellaring program, we are releasing limited quantities of our 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2005 Shiraz at a special rate of $99 per dozen (plus freight) to ensure they can be enjoyed within the next 12 months.

    Both wines were recently exhibited at our 2016 Must Wine Bar Member’s Tasting and our 2017 Museum Release Tasting (a ‘Taste of The Great Southern’ Event). 

    Shiraz 2005

    Tasting Notes

    2005 Shiraz – ‘Sophie’s Yard’ 
    James Halliday: “Firm, clean blackberry with a touch of raspberry fruit; fine-grained tannins add to the long finish.” 91 Pts

    Our winemaker: “Leathery bottle aged characters are certainly evident on the aromas, but there is also plum fruits as well. On the palate there is still great fruit sweetness, richness and it is still very fresh. Very good!”

    Our wine expert: “On recent tasting this wine was still alive and displayed aromatics of mulberry, blackberry with underlying developed bouquet of leather and spice. The flavours were rich and dense exhibiting both primary and tertiary fruit flavours – spicy fruitcake and licorice. A full-bodied style with a long finish. Drinking well now and for next 6 -12 months.”

    Click here to purchase Shiraz 2005 for $99 per case (plus freight). 

    Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

    2005 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Louis’ Block’
    James Halliday: “A medium-bodied wine, with some of the structural characteristics of the Merlot, but altogether more savoury, and not quite enough sweet fruit on the mid-palate.” 90 Pts

    Our winemaker: “The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon has excellent colour still with only slight browning of colour around the edges. There is some leather bottle aged notes, but the palate is still rich and full and the fruit is showing no sign of fading or drying out.”

    Our wine expert: “On recent tasting, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon was showing very good development with the primary fruits developing well into chocolate and coffee flavours that are beautifully integrate with the soft tannins. A very sophisticated and savoury wine that proves Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be aged and is rewarded with patience. Drinking well now and over next 6- 12 months.”

    Technical Details:
    The wines have been stored upright in the warehouse and are sealed under cork.

    These wines have been priced to account for potential cork problems as a result of the storage or other conditions and no returns will be accepted. In our experience it may be possible to encounter some minor cork problems from time to time.

    Click here to purchase the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon for $99 per case (plus freight).

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    Lamont’s Tasting and Dinner

    We are looking forward to releasing the 2017 whites (Riesling and Marsanne) and the 2013 reds (Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon), on 20 August at Lamont’s Cottesloe. Alex Taylor, Poachers Ridge owner and vigneron will guide you through a selection of new releases, museum and reserve wines as part of the Lamont’s tasting program coordinated by John Jens, Lamont’s wine store owner and respected wine writer.

    Event bookings are available through (08) 9385 0666 or cottesloe@lamonts.com.au


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    Vintage Report

    Vintage Report

    While hand harvesting allows us to fully control the quality of grapes that we crush, it also means that the vintage is a slower and more considered process.

    There was intermittent rain during the 2017 ripening season together with long periods of high humidity and lower daytime temperatures. This extend the development time of the flavour compounds in the fruit and greatly exposed the grapes to the risk of botrytis infection and bird damage.

    Identifying the window of opportunity to harvest becomes one of the most important decisions of vintage.  Leaving the fruit on the vine longer to allow slightly more fruit and tannin development can backfire if daytime temperatures remain low and rain or botrytis sets in. 

    Despite the significant challenges Riesling and Marsanne achieved the desired sugar, flavour and acid balance at the end of March. The Riesling and Marsanne yields were the highest that Poachers Ridge has witnessed in recent years which is a blessing as they both sell out very quickly each year.

    Unfortunately, we experienced significant bird and botrytis damage throughout the Viognier, Merlot and Malbec. Only small quantities of Viognier and Malbec were picked. The Malbec has been co-fermented with our Cabernet Sauvignon as we seek to introduce newer levels of complexity to our range of wines. The Viognier (2-3%) has been co-fermented with the Shiraz and appears to have the makings of a truly remarkable wine.


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