James Halliday, Australia's most respected wine critic has again rated Plantagenet a 5 star winery in his 2013 Wine Companion, with outstanding reviews for the 2009 Shiraz (94pts), 2010 Pinot Noir (94pts), 2010 Ringbark Riesling (94pts) & 2011 Riesling (94pts).
Regarding the winery James wrote:
"Plantagenet was established by Tony Smith, who continues to be involved in its management 35 years later, notwithstanding that it has been owned by Lionel Samson & Son for many years. He established five vineyards: Bouverie in 1968, Wyjup in 71, Rocky Horror I in 88, Rocky Horror 2 in 97 and Rosetta in 99 and these vineyards are the cornerstone of the substantial production of the consistently high quality wines that have always been the mark of Plantagenet: highly aromatic Riesling, tangy citrus-tinged Chardonnay, glorious Rhone-style Shiraz and ultra-stylish Cabernet Sauvignon. Exports to all major markets."
Plantagenet Wines are proving to be strong contenders this year, boasting three medal winning wines! Our 2010 Plantagenet Chardonnay and 2009 Plantagenet Shiraz both won GOLD and the 2011 Plantagenet Riesling won Silver at the 2012 International Wine Challenge. As an added bonus the Shiraz went on to win a coveted Trophy for the Best West Australian Red.
The 2011 Plantagenet Riesling has also had a lot of media attention recently, with Matthew Jukes including it in his top 100 Australian wines for 2012. Matthew wrote:
“There is something almost masochistic about the rapier-sharp lime zest flavours in this searingly dry WA Riesling. Some may find it a little too austere for their tastes whereas others will rejoice in its incredibly tangy, mouth-watering finish. Watch out for a fleeting glimpse of lemon meringue pie on the midpalate and help yourself to the juiciest tiger prawns with chilli and lemongrass you can find.”