Bellarmine Wines

About

Bellarmine Wines make boutique limited release wines from grapes grown on our picturesque estate.

Location Description

Located in the cool climate region of Pemberton, Western Australia.

Features

  • A Top 100 Australian Winery.

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Winemaker

Winemaker, Dr Di Miller has been making the wines for Bellarmine since our first vintage in 2004, and she continues to work with the vines. Now living on the vineyard she is seeing the fruit improve each year. "Our Rieslings are a highlight to me as they have a wonderful complexity and exhibit floral and citrus notes making them different again to Great Southern or Clare Rieslings. The minerality and slight chalky acidity gives the palate a special element which is unique to Bellarmine and all the wines have a slight savouriness more typical of old world than new world wines. I am a firm believer in terroir and that's why I am so glad to be working for the Schumachers, making the wines from this special vineyard site."

History

Bellarmine Wines was founded by Dr Willi Schumacher and his wife Gudrun. Willi is a keen wine collector and connoisseur and in the early 1990s he decided to plant a vineyard somewhere in the world where extraordinary wines could be produced. The Schumachers searched the world and chose the Bellarmine property in Pemberton. Willi had studied geology and so when the soil testing came back, he knew he had found the right place with the right terroir.

In 2000-2002, just over 44,000 vines were planted across 20 hectares of the magnificent 220 hectare property which has the Lefroy River running through it. Varieties planted include the renowned Pemberton varieties of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as well as a pioneering crop of Riesling. Each year, we make three Rieslings, each with varying levels of sweetness and alcohol. These are called Riesling Dry, Riesling Half-Dry and Riesling Select.

Reds include our award winning cool climate elegant yet rich Shiraz and our deep red Petit Verdot, along with a new Merlot Petit Verdot blend called the Batavia.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

20 hectares of the magnificent 220 hectare Bellarmine property are planted with vines. Varieties include Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Since the first vintage in 2004, the wines have won numerous awards and are now exported all over the world.

Awards

Bellarmine Wines has received many accolades over the years and is given a red 5 star rating by renowned Australian wine writer James Halliday recognising us as "...a winery acknowledged to have a long track record of excellence - truly the best of the best".

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Address

PO Box 1450
Manjimup, Western Australia 6258
Australia

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