Mr Barval Fine Wines

Star 4.8 (46 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.

Mr Barval Fine Wines

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Monday - Wednesday: Closed
Thursday - 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 (46 Google reviews)
NotesTo TheOwner 10 May 2022

The wines here are small batch and made using more traditional methods than you'll typically find in Margaret River We spent an afternoon at the winery trying each wine along with a very generous cheese platter. A great afternoon. We left with 3 cases of wine they were that good. This is a bit of a hidden gem amongst the more large scale commercial "by the bus load" wineries that are in Margaret River.

Deb Sanderson 19 March 2022

After many visits to the Margaret River region and visiting dozens of different wineries, I had never been to this winery. Stopped in today and was blown away by the fantastic wines and people. We were given a rare behind the scenes insight by Tom and can truly say he is a very intuitive and successful wine maker. An experience not to miss if you get the opportunity.

gemma fieller 21 April 2022

Great wine, great view amazing cheese. Sooo good. Thanks guys 😊

Braeden Ettridge 08 April 2022

Excellent service with a really in-depth walk through of the tasting flight, tasty cheese and fine wine.