THE HOUSE OF PLANTAGENET PORTFOLIO OF WINES HAVE ALL BEEN NAMED IN HONOUR OF EITHER THE PLANTAGENETS FAMILY NAMES OR FAMILY BRANCHES OR FROM THE REGIONS FROM WHERE THEY CAME.
The Plantagenet Winery was originally named after the name of the Shire in which their Mount Barker vineyard assets reside – Plantagenet. Early English settlers, who favoured royalist titles, named the Plantagenet Shire.
The Plantagenets were the English royal house which reigned from 1154 to 1399 (Henry 2nd to Richard 2nd), the name coming from the nickname of Henry’s father, Geoffrey, Count of Anjou, who habitually wore a sprig of broom – L. planta genista.
The House of Plantagenet portfolio of wines have all been named in honour of either the Plantagenets family names or family branches or from the regions from where they came.
Hence – ‘Aquitaine’ Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘Lancaster’ Shiraz, ‘Normand’ Pinot Noir, ‘York’ Chardonnay and ‘Angevin’ Riesling.
The Plantagenet’s were the first truly armigerous royal dynasty of England meaning they were entitled to strike and bear various coats of arms. The arms of this noble, later royal, family, Gules, three lions passant guardant, termed colloquially "the arms of England" were first adopted by King Richard the Lionheart (1189–1199), son of King Henry II of England (1154–1189), son of Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (1113/17–1151).
These Three Lions signified royalty, history, power and a code of conduct that was instantly recognized wherever they were displayed.
So too with this range of wines. They are from the oldest established winery in Great Southern – they are wines with power and provenance. The Three Lion coat of arms of Plantagenet Wines is a recognized symbol of quality and prestige.
Juxtapose is a series of wines that celebrates the unique partnership between Plantagenet’s winemaker Cath Oates and viticulturist Jordan Ellis. Jordan’s dedication to the vineyards and Cath’s ability to craft superb expressions of the Great Southern combine to produce wines that embody the best of our region. So, it’s no surprise that Cath and Jordan fully embrace the opportunity to craft wines with an artisanal sensibility. The Juxtapose range allows them to push boundaries and break ground with styles that take drinkers down a road less travelled.
The result of their creative adventure is a brand-new direction for Plantagenet. These wines aren’t your traditional run-of-the-mill styles. They are shaped by the whimsical inclinations of winemaker and viticulturist, in small batches with an unconventional approach. The Juxtapose range comprises an Off-Dry Riesling, an Oaked Sauvignon Blanc, a Pinot Noir and a Syrah.
Plantagenet was the first winery in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia. The winery has developed an enviable reputation for producing elegant wines with complexity, finesse and balance since 1974.
At Plantagenet we believe our wines should always reflect the place from which they come. This goal is achieved by careful vineyard management and by harvesting our fruit at optimal ripeness and avoiding green and over-ripe characters. Our philosophy is to grow the best grapes we can in the vineyard and then be caretakers for them in the winery; retaining as much of the cool climate aromatics, varietal flavours and fine natural acidity as possible and giving the wines length and minerality. We are judicious in our use of oak and only use French oak to enhance the wines where suitable.
From our crisp, dry Riesling to the pepper and spice of our Shiraz, Plantagenet wines can be enjoyed in youth or cellared for further development and complexity. Above all, we enjoy making wines that will become hallmarks of the Great Southern.
The Omrah label was born in the late 80’s during a time when oak maturation in Chardonnay production was increasingly limited to the best selections of Chardonnay fruit which could warrant higher retail prices. Plantagenet was determined to make a Chardonnay without the high cost of oak, a wine that was well made but reasonably priced. Subsequently, we were the first winery in Australia to produce a commercially released unoaked Chardonnay into the market.
It so happened that the Chardonnay fruit selected for this first unoaked wine was from a vineyard called Omrah and this name was used for the label. As the label’s success grew over the years, further varieties were added to the Omrah range; Sauvignon blanc, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Merlot.
Omrah was given a fresh update in 2012 with the introduction of a new label design that is well aligned with the broad appeal that the brand represents. These wines are fruit forward, clean, crisp and extremely approachable while still showing moderate complexity. As such, they are great food wines but can be equally enjoyed on their own.
Hazard Hill is one of the best value for money labels from Western Australia. The wines are made from fruit sourced from cool climate regions through the state. Hazard Hill offers casual relaxed drinking; the Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blend is an aromatic white and the Shiraz a rich and full bodied red. Enjoy these excellently priced wines at any time!
Plantagenet's goal for every vintage is to make harmonious, expressive wines that reflect the terroir of our carefully tended vineyards in the unique Great Southern region. Although each adhering to this philosophy, the various winemakers over Plantagenet’s history have produced a wine legacy influenced in some way by each unique personality and wine style inclinations. We cherish the story and lineage of our museum wines and occasionally offer limited stock for purchase through our cellar door and website.