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Wine voices – Sean Blocksidge Margaret River Discovery Co.

“I remember coming down here and people saying “if you can survive winter in Margaret River I’ll be amazed”. I’d just come from living in Canada, so I’ve been waiting for winter for 14 years now. It’s so mild over winter. I find it an incredibly enjoyable place to live. Surfing, fishing, hiking, caving, it’s all here. Mountain biking, I love. Winter is primo for that. Even when you’ve get a storm heading in; I put the Goretex on and get out on the Cape to Cape track. It’s thrilling to stand there with your gear on, held up by the weather. Winter is one of our most underrated seasons.

I bring people up here [Wilyabrup Cliffs] year round and talk about the coastline and Margaret River wine.  And then you know they’ve got it; everything slots into place.

The climate, and its influence on the grapes, the Leeuwin current going past the coast, the cooling winds. It brings it all together. Climate, consistent temperature, the ocean and geology. This granite rock that’s broken down over millions of years gives us the soil structure that’s so critical for the grapevines. Our ancient geology and getting the right run that provides such conditions for the Cabernet and Chardonnay. I mean globally over the last two or three decades, where could make a claim that they’re as consistent in quality as Margaret River? And it’s down to all this: the land, the ocean and the Mediterranean Maritime climate.”

– Sean Blocksidge, Margaret River Discovery Co

Image: Sarah Hewer

Max Brearley

About Max Brearley

Max Brearley is a food writer, critic, consultant and host working with The Australian, The Guardian, Halliday, Margaret River Gourmet Escape, Truffle Kerfuffle, Conde Nast Traveller and delicious. to name just a few. A passion for a good yarn and great produce has seen him forage for native foods in the north west of WA, follow abalone from ocean to plate in the south west and dig for black truffles in the towering Southern Forests. He’s also been known to cast a critical eye over a meal or two for The Australian’s annual Hot 50 Restaurants and delicous., as well as producing written, visual and event content for organisations across Australia and globally.

Whilst a proud Yorkshireman; he’s been moving south for much of his life. Relocating from London to Perth in 2012, a move to the southwest soon followed, where life girt by sea and vines is more than agreeable.

Instagram: @max_brearley / Twitter: @maxbrearley / Web: maxbrearley.com

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