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Last week the Annual Langtons Margaret River Wine Show was held.  For the second year running we received a gold medal for Four Chambers Pinot Noir Rose.

We also were in the nominations for Best Single Vineyard White Finalist.

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The Queensland Market

The Queensland Market

Our market in Queensland is expanding rapidly since the appointment of a new distributor, Select Wines.  Peter and Jane met their representatives and key clients in the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. A highlight of the visit was a boisterous and enjoyable Wine Press Club lunch at Le Petit Truffle, one of the top restaurants on the Gold Coast.

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Great Wine Launched in a small world report submitted by Annemette Thomsen

“A couple of weeks ago my Danish friend Karin called and asked – with a smile on her face - if I had purchased a winery in Margaret River (note my surname). I told her “no – not yet” and she explained that her mum had been to an amazing launch of Thompson Estate’s wines in Denmark arranged by the importer Vesterstroem Vine. She loved the story and the wines and purchased several cases from both The Estate range and The Specialist range. I told my friend that I had actually played a role in bringing the beautiful wines of Thompson Estate to Denmark in the sense that I had introduced Henrik Vesterstroem – owner of Vesterstroem vine – to Jane & Peter Thompson during Henrik’s last trip to WA in February 2019.

Like so many of us, Henrik instantly fell in love with both the wines as well as The Thompsons’ and he decided to become the first importer of Thompson Estate’s wines into Denmark. As such, it was with great pride that Vesterstroem Vine on Thursday 29th August 2019 launched Thompson Estate wines at a remarkable event were tapas and wine were served at La Banca restaurant in Hellerup north of Copenhagen. 64 guests and wine lovers welcomed Thompson Estate wines where one of them coincidentally happened to be my friend’s mum. Based on the initial interest, the market potential looks very promising – and who knows if one day Australian born Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will get the opportunity to taste the amazing wines of Thompson Estate.”

 Annemette Thomsen


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A new vineyard for Thompson Estate

When Jane and I purchased the Thompson Estate Wilyabrup property in 1994 it was a cow paddock, partly developed as a lavender farm (we still see the occasional lavender bush popping up in the vineyard).  Years of trampling from the cows had resulted in soil compaction and acidification, requiring a lot of cross-ripping and soil preparation before we planted our first vines in 1997. Putting aside the minor quibble over the precise date of our birth, we believe we can reasonably claim to be approaching our 25th Anniversary!

Our decision to establish Thompson Estate in Wilyabrup has been rewarded with increasing national and international recognition, not only of our brand, but also of the standing of Margaret River and the Wilyabrup sub-region as producing some of the most sublime wines in the world. And yes, we take great pride in the achievements of our longer-established neighbours Vasse Felix, Cullen, Moss Wood, Pierro and Woodlands and revel in their success as much as ours (including Vanya Cullen’s recent stunning award of not one but two Winemaker of the Year awards in 2019).

Our vines on the Wilyabrup vineyard have now matured to their sweet spot and are  providing superb quality fruit each year. Our move to organic/biodynamic principles has presented some challenges in weed control, but we are working through that, and the quality of the fruit continues to improve each year.

In recent years, demand for our wines has grown and for several vintages we had to rely on bought-in fruit to meet the demand. This presented price and quality uncertainties, so when a vineyard planted the same year as ours, with a reputation for high quality fruit on rolling gravelly slopes, came up nearby, we jumped at the opportunity.  The new vineyard (pictured above) is located just behind the town of Cowaramup, 11 minutes to the South East of the home block, allowing easy sharing of staff and equipment. To cap off our expansion, we have also purchased a third vineyard adjacent to the second. As we approach our 25th Anniversary, we are confident that the excellent reputation we have established as a consistently high quality Margaret River producer will continue to grow.
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Spring Update

Following what seems to be a slightly warmer and drier winter than normal, the vines have responded by coming out of dormancy a little earlier with some of the shoots on the Chardonnay already 10–20 cm long. Our dams are full, ready to start irrigating the vines to keep them healthy and strong to produce the best quality fruit possible.

At the moment we are busy in the vineyard, mulching the pruning wood in the mid rows, replacing broken posts and dropping foliage wires in preparation for the vine growth which will occur in the next few months. Some would say that this time of year is the “vintage” of the vineyard, in that it is the busiest time of year with all hands on deck.  In the winery we are busy with bottling preparations; the filtering the 2019 whites and the 2018 reds, which were blended in the last month.

I am particularly excited about the new (2018) Specialist Cabernet, which won’t be released for a few years yet but will be one to look out for. Also worthy of a mention is the 2019 Four Chambers Pinot Noir Rosé, which was bottled last month.  We believe this wine is looking as good as the 2018 which picked up a Gold medal at the 2018 Margaret River Wine Show.

Paul Dixon, Winemaker

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