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Discover Picardy Pemberton WA Cool Climate Region

Discover Picardy Pemberton WA Cool Climate Region

Discover Picardy, the Pemberton project from Margaret River pioneers and Australian wine royalty Bill and Sandra Pannell. Shop the Picardy portfolio.

Picardy

It’s remarkable to think that if it wasn’t for two papers published in 1965 and 1966 by Dr John Gladstones—a lecturer in agronomy at the University of Western Australia—that grapes wouldn't have been planted for the first time in 1967 in Western Australia’s Margaret River wine region. Similarly, another paper by Gladstones in the 1970s led to the WA Department of Agriculture planting an experimental block halfway between Pemberton and Manjimup in 1977 that led to the first commercial plantings in 1982. 

...arguably Western Australia's best place to grow and make Pinot Noir
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Cooler than Margaret River (130 km hours south-east of that region) and warmer than the Great Southern (180km north-west of Denmark) Pemberton—surrounded by majestic karri forests and just 30km from the Indian ocean—is suited to a wide range of varieties including Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Indeed, it's arguably Western Australia's best place to grow and make Pinot Noir; the most elusive of all varieties.

This is where Australian wine royalty, Bill and Sandra Pannell enter the picture. They were Margaret River pioneers, first planting the Moss Wood vineyard at Wilyabrup in 1969 before selling the vineyard and winery to their winemaker Keith Mugford in 1985. It was a demanding time in their lives between Bill's medical practice, growing grapes and making wine and bringing up children. Not content in retirement and inspired by a Bouchard Clos de Bèze 1966 consumed in the early 1980s, the Pannell’s became a part-owner of Domaine de la Pousse d'Or in Volnay 1985.

‘...his belief that this place would be perfect for cool-climate wines...’
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This wasn’t enough. Encouraged by Gladstones’ report which stated Pemberton’s climate and soils were perfect for Pinot Noir, Picardy (named after a region east of Paris) was born when Bill and Sandra planted 1ha of Pinot Noir vines in on a north-facing slope at 300 metres with the site specially selected by Bill Pannell for its well-drained loam/gravel soils and his belief that this place would be perfect for cool-climate wines and, in particular, Pinot Noir.

The first crop (1996) was released two years later and in 1994 another 2.5ha of Pinot Noir was planted (including the Burgundian clones 115, 114, 777 and six other new clones!) as well as 2.30ha Chardonnay 1.30ha of Shiraz, 1ha Merlot, .05ha each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. 

‘a philosophy of sustainable viticulture...’

Wine runs in the Pannell’s blood and while one son, Stephen, went off to South Australia and won Jimmy Watson trophies (two of them!) and now runs SC Pannell in McLaren Vale, another son Dan is also a qualified winemaker and runs Picardy with his parents. From close planting to the careful selection of clones to a philosophy of sustainable viticulture where the grapes are all dry grown and no insecticides are used, everything at Picardy is geared to producing low yields and the best possible fruit imaginable. Equally from hand-picking to the use of natural yeast fermentation to gentle handling of the fruit, the winemaking is all about preserving what nature has given them. The knowledge, passion and skill are evident in all the Picardy wines and we recommend these wines highly to you.

 

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