Mr Barval Fine Wines

Star 4.8 (88 Google reviews)
Cellar door opening hours have changed for the Winter months. Mr Barval is now open Thursday - Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Or, if you are visiting Mon - Wed, tastings are available by appointment. Mr Barval tastings include a cheese board and a cellar tour with the fee redeemable on purchase.

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Mr Barval Fine Wines

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Monday - Sunday: 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Coming from Margaret River you will head south down Caves Road. Our gateway is past the Redgate and Caves Road intersection 2km on the left side. Follow the tree lined driveway to the cellar door and winery on the hill.
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The smallest production winery on the most stunning location in Margaret River. Join husband and wife team at Mr Barval Fine Wines for a glass of wine or two overlooking the Calgardup lake. Create a gourmet platter with their selected local cheeses and produce or bring your own picnic.
The philosophy behind their wines and driving their decisions for them is a very classical and traditional one. They are focused on the classic varieties of Margaret River – Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. They are aiming to produce the wines in a very traditional, old world manner to allow for their own individual voices to be heard most clearly, not to be the bearers of a heavy winery fingerprint. Purity of fruit, balance, elegance and delicacy. These are all focus points for their production. Doing everything possible to achieve fruit quality at harvest as close to perfection as possible is the cornerstone of their fine wines. They work with leading growers located on favourable vineyard sites and do everything they can to ensure the fruit that arrives at the winery is in optimum condition.

So what does this mean exactly?
It means that they only work with indigenous yeasts which arrive on the skin of the grapes and bunches from the individual vineyard where they were harvested and then are encouraged to ferment those very same grapes. Through using the traditional technique of making a petit cuvee where a crate or two of perfect bunches, with not a blemish on them, are selectively harvested a week or so prior to harvest and crushed, in this case by hand, and a small and strong ferment begins. This highly active indigenous yeast ferment is added to the rest of the grapes when they arrive at the winery and allows for a sometimes slow to initiate wild ferment to begin far more rapidly. To more practical matters, all of their fruit is processed in a basket press. This is the gentlest way of pressing grapes as there is no tumbling of stalks and skins involved which can extract harsh elements from the grapes themselves. The white grapes are all basket pressed as whole bunches with no destemming occurring at all. The resulting juice, whilst being lower in yield than if you were to destem the fruit, runs from the press truly bright and clear and is immediately transferred to barrels for ferment.

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Mr Barval Fine Wines

7087 Caves Rd, Margaret River WA 6286, Australia

Reviews

Star 4.8 (88 Google reviews)
Stephanie Tan 15 November 2023

One of the smallest wineries in Margaret river, their wines are hand picked, fermented and blended in customised batches. The hostess was welcoming and knowledgeable about the wines... the estate has beautiful views of the river and is a lovely way to spend the afternoon. I really enjoyed the Riserva Flight wines... the taste was exceptional and I liked all of them. We paired them with local cheese Ashover, made with jarra wood ash, and homemade prune jam.

Bridget Lawler 04 October 2023

Beautiful winery overlooking stunning grounds including a dam. They allow you to BYO picnic (which you can add to from their range of yummy chutneys and pickles) and set up on their picnic rugs. The wine is delicious and their tasting platter features a unique and fresh spritz. They also support the local Aboriginal social enterprise Dillybag Collective with a range of beautiful artworks, clothes, jewelry and storytelling. Easily our favorite place visited in Margaret river!

Nicolas Albelo 08 January 2024

Excellent tasting by Gisela. She explained each wine in detail, its process and the essence of this little winery...also really good cheese and view from the garden!

Beth Cameron (StarsAboveTheClouds) 09 January 2024

Best winery I’ve been to in Margaret River so far. Beautiful relaxed setting. Love that you can order cheese and biscuits.