Just a quick note here about a news item that caught my eye.
As Fosters and Constellation Australia proceed to sell anything not bolted down, its good to hear that at least some of the ‘assets’ (How a very old vine Mclaren Vale vineyard can be classed merely as an asset is beyond me) have gone to a new home.
West Cape Howe wines, based in Denmark, Western Australia, has snapped up the old (well its not actually old, its pretty new and contemporary) Goundrey winery & a significant proportion of the vineyards. Under the stewardship of Gavin Berry (ex Plantagenet) the already promising WCH label has continued to pump out very fairly priced, approachable and regionally distinctive whites and reds from WA’s Great Southern. I was actually at the current (very small) West Cape Howe cellar door this New Years Eve past and liked the very simple, friendly wines and even friendlier staff. Their Tempranillo in particular is a real bargain (and holds promise for this variety in the South West)
So good luck to West Cape Howe in their new digs!
More info here