Albany – West Australia
Albany is located at the Southwest tip of Australia, about 3 hours drive from Margaret River. With its location near the Southern Ocean it has a Mediterranean climate with cold and moist winters and warm dry summers. The moderate humidity allows the vines to fully ripen the fruits without the heat stress. Albany is well known for Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir
I was introduced to the Wignalls winery during my trip to Western Australia in August 2010 and was impressed by the style and quality of the wines but also the hospitality of the people behind it. Wignalls Wines was established on the outskirts of the City of Albany in 1982, after extensive research and investigations into its terrior by their founder Dr Bill Wignall and close family friend Mr Tony Smith. Climatology results from the near by weather bureau at Albany’s airport, showed Albany’s growing conditions were virtually identical to the famous wine growing region of Burgundy in central France, thus it was decided to experiment with Burgundian varieties such as the then unknown Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. A dedicated winery on site was constructed in 1997 to accommodate the estate fruit that required specific ‘hands on’ winemaking that was not achievable with external contract facilities.
The winery was passed onto the second generation of winemakers with Bills son Rob and daughter in law, Claire, in 2004 for the next revolution in Western Australian winemaking. With the two main varieties still our vision, Sauvignon Blanc is becoming renowned for Wignalls with cross blending from numerous blocks on the property, all expressing their individual terroir styles. Along with their premium wine styles, Wignalls also produces “every day” styles for your enjoyment, such as Unwooded Chardonnay and Cabernet Merlot