Plantagenet Wines, maker of internationally recognised wines from the Great Southern region of Western Australia, now have two more aromatic wines from the 2012 vintage to add to the new Omrah range: the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and 2012 Rosé.
With consumers beginning to look for lighter styles of wine, the addition of a Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and a dry Rosé were a natural extension to the Omrah range. Both of these wines capture the essence of the Omrah brand through contemporary winemaking styles and packaging. Market research shows continuing category growth in the classic Western Australian blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon and the rapid consumer acceptance of dry savoury style Rosé.
Priced at $18.99 and with a fresh new look, the Omrah range showcases the very best of cool-climate wines from the Great Southern region. Winemaker Cath Oates notes “These wines really demonstrate what Omrah is all about – they are easy drinking wines, great with food and really speak of the type of wine being made in the Great Southern region. Coming into summer this is the style that a lot of wine consumers are looking for. The wines are crisp, fresh and bursting with flavour”.
Omrah Great Southern Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012
“The combination of the two varieties, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon allows for the winemaker to create a wine that has many facets, with Sauvignon Blanc giving perfume and tropical fruits, while the Semillon provides notes of citrus and provides the backbone of the wine with its fine acidity, a character best expressed in cooler regions.”
Cath Oates – Winemaker
Omrah Great Southern Rosé 2012
“In the 2012 vintage we decided to use our Tempranillo grapes to produce our Rosé, specifically as it has a lovely fragrance, red fruit characters and a higher natural acidity to give the wine focus and freshness. It’s a dry style with vibrant red cherry aromas and notes of strawberry and raspberry. This juicy wine has mouth filling fruit flavours from the inclusion of the Shiraz, a savoury edge and a refreshingly tight finish.”
Cath Oates – Winemaker
Earlier this year, the search was on for a talented Winemaker to become Plantagenet’s seventh custodian. An international recruitment program resulted in many applications from around the world. As a result, we are very proud to announce the appointment of Catherine (Cath) Oates. Plantagenet Wines first female winemaker.
Since Plantagenet released our first wines in 1974, there has only been six Winemakers at the helm. The list is quite modest in size, however each of them have significantly contributed to the enviable reputation that the Great Southern and West Australian wines are known for. Plantagenet Wines have won over 1000 medals and 100 Trophies since our humble beginnings and we pay tribute to our great winemaker heritage.
The Six previous Winemakers and their terms are listed below:
David McNamara 1974-78
Rob Bowen 1979- 1987
John Wade 1988 – 1994
Gavin Berry 1995- 2004
Richard Robson 2005- 2006
John Durham 2007- 2012
Cath returns to her home state of Western Australia from New Zealand where she was Group Winemaker at Mud House Wine Group, owner of prestige brands Waipara Hills and Mud House. She has also worked as a flying winemaker in California at boutique winery, La Crema (owned by Kendall Jackson) and in Italy.
Cath brings a wealth of experience, both in Western Australia and overseas to Plantagenet. After completing a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture at Curtin University in 1997, she was awarded a scholarship to complete a Post Graduate Diploma of Oenology at the University of Adelaide. After graduation, she worked in Margaret River as winemaker for numerous labels and during this time, her client’s brands won over 50 show medals and five trophies.
In addition to working in winemaking roles in Australia and overseas, Cath is a regular judge on the NZ show circuit, and has also judged at several international wine shows including the Concours Mondial Sauvignon Blanc in Bordeaux. She is currently studying for her Master of Wine.
“We are delighted to welcome Cath to the Plantagenet team to lead winemaking into a new era for the winery.” said Jan Skrapac, General Manager of Plantagenet Wines. “Cath will be the first female winemaker in our 38-year history, building on our founder Tony Smith’s vision of continuous evolution and excellence at Plantagenet. Cath’s local knowledge coupled with her international experience, particularly in the cool climate regions of New Zealand, is a great fit for our Great Southern wines.”
"I’m excited to return home and work with a winery with such a rich history of winemaking as Plantagenet.” states Cath. “The Great Southern has a variety of microclimates and some fantastic old vineyards, with cool climate varieties that I’ve become attached to plus my old favourites that I’ve missed making."
"It’s an exciting time in the brand’s evolution and I’m honoured to be part of the team writing the next chapter."