“It is a joy to be a winemaker in Margaret River,” writes Bruce Dukes of Domaine Naturaliste. Take one look at the 2024 Halliday Wine Companion and it is easy to see why. It seems that supreme quality and extraordinary talent are part and parcel of this place.
Margaret River has once again taken home the coveted Sauvignon Blanc crown with Domaine Naturaliste winning the 2024 Sauvignon Blanc of the Year Award with the 2021 Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc.
The Sauvage was not the only Sav Blanc to secure some serious praise. In fact, 13 of the 29 wines in the Top Rated Sauvignon Blanc category were from the region! Also, it should be no surprise that Margaret River was well represented in both the Top Rated Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays.
A total of 38 local wineries received a 5-star rating, which classes them among the country’s very best. Then for the cherry on top, two of our much-loved local wineries made it into the Top Ten of the People’s Choice Awards.
The shortlist for this year’s awards was also stacked with local legends. Xanadu Wines made an appearance in the finalists for Best Value Winery, while Vasse Felix’s Bart Molony was up for Viticulturist of the Year and Mark Messenger of Juniper Estate fame was in the running for Winemaker of the Year.
Let’s delve into the details of this exciting sweep of victories.