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."
Catherine Oates, a native West Australian, is the new winemaker at Plantagenet at Mount Barker in her home state. She has been working in New Zealand, where she was group winemaker for the Mud House Wine Group, based in the Waipara region of the South Island, whose brands include Mud House and Waipara Hills. She also worked as a flying winemaker for Kendall Jackson in California at its La Crema winery, and in Italy. She holds a science degree in viticulture from Curtin University and a postgraduate diploma in oenology from the University of Adelaide.