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OUR STORY

Cape Landing’s Mark Lewis has close family connections to Margaret River.

Mark’s family emigrated to Australia in 1976, arriving by boat at Fremantle, living for periods in Perth and Melbourne, before eventually settling in Margaret River. Educated in Western Australia and the UK, Mark’s legal career took him from Australia around the world to London, Japan, Moscow, Warsaw and to the Cayman Islands, where he met his partner Sarah Broad.

Mark and Sarah have long admired Margaret River’s pristine natural beauty with its rocky coastline, surf, beaches, ancient karri forests, vineyards and world class wines. They were frequent visitors back to Margaret River with Mark’s sons, George and Dylan, before realising one of their great life ambitions of acquiring an established vineyard in Margaret River.

Cape Landing’s distinguished heritage, supplying premium fruit to major wine makers, provided Mark and Sarah with the challenge they were both looking for. Confident the fruit was world class, they set out to follow in the footsteps of the early settlers and produce a unique range of single vineyard wines that would establish Cape Landing as one of Margaret River’s leading winemakers.

“Cape Landing is picturesque, the vines well established and mature, the fruit quality superb, but it was the moment I first saw the vineyard’s expansive main dam and water supply, that I knew this was the place for us.”

Mark Lewis, Cape Landing

VINEYARD

Matt Barling (Vineyard Manager) & John Standish (Viticulturist)

Cape Landing was first planted in 1998 with Cabernet Sauvignon (2.5ha), Syrah/Shiraz (1.96ha), Chardonnay (3.68ha) and Sauvignon Blanc (4.19ha). The vineyard is gently sloping, well drained, and its soil profile consists primarily of Treeton Low Slopes with gravelly duplex (Forest Grove) and pale grey mottled Mungite, perfectly suited to making fragrant, textured and pure wines. Vine rows are oriented north-south, and a vertical shoot positioning trellis system is used throughout Cape Landing.

Experienced Vineyard Manager Matt Barling and Viticulturist John Standish manage the vineyard year-round, using a combination of traditional spur and cane pruning, shoot thinning, leaf removal and bunch thinning to carefully manage vine yields, airflow and sunlight. Matt and John take a sustainable approach to water management and soil biodiversity.

“Cape Landing’s rolling hills, gravelly duplex soils and abundant water supply are just ideal for production of premium Margaret River fruit”

John Standish, Viticulturist

REGION

Margaret River

The Margaret River wine region is located in the isolated south-west corner of Western Australia, stretching 100km from north to south, between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, uniquely surrounded by ocean on three sides.

“It’s difficult to think of any other vineyards in the world that are only a few kilometres from great surf.” – Jancis Robinson, MW

A mild, Mediterranean climate and a ‘belting sea breeze’ combined with ancient gravel soils contribute to Margaret River’s ideal conditions for fine wine production.

Margaret River wines are known for their fruit purity, elegance, structure and consistency, producing 20% of Australia’s premium wines, from just 3% of Australia’s total crush [Source – Wine Australia, Regional Snapshot 2017 – Margaret River].

“The top rank of Margaret River Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon is, simply put, in the top rank in the world. And by that, I’m including the likes of Burgundy (for Chardonnay) and Bordeaux and Napa Valley (for Cabernet Sauvignon)” 

Matt Kramer, WineSpectator.com

WINEMAKING

Bruce Dukes and Remi Guise

For 20 years Cape Landing cultivated outstanding grapes used by some of the region’s most decorated winemakers; including Leeuwin Estate, Xanadu and Cape Mentelle.

All that changed in 2018 when Bruce Dukes and Remi Guise were brought onboard and began crafting Cape Landing’s first Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. A full range of wines, including Chardonnay and Syrah, as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, will soon be in production commencing with the 2019 vintage. Bruce and Remi have a philosophy based on picking fruit at optimal perfume and flavour and creating wines that are a pure expression of quality fruit.

VINEYARD & COMMERCIAL CONSULTANT

Rupert Owen

With a Diploma in Wine from the Wines and Spirits Education Trust in London, over a decade of experience in the UK, France, the Middle East and the Caribbean managing wine importers, and a ‘hands on’ and very practical understanding of vineyards, Rupert Owen is Cape Landing’s fine wine consultant and a huge advocate of Margaret River’s world class potential, especially the elegant Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons the region is most famous for.

Rupert brings a unique skill set to development of wine styles that reflect the unique terroir of Cape Landing’s vineyard. He works alongside our vineyard management and wine making teams to identify and isolate fruit parcels from within Cape Landing’s prized vineyard blocks as main contributors to Cape Landing’s highest quality Reserve and Blackwood series icon wines, he has advised on wine quality tiering and minimal oak intervention for a number of Cape Landing’s wine styles, and he works as a brand ambassador helping to take Cape Landing’s wines to new and exciting overseas markets.

TEAM WORK

Vineyard Management, Viticulture, Winemaking, Pruning and Fruit Picking

Throughout the growing season, our winemakers, vineyard manager and viticulturist meet regularly in the vineyard, working as a team to ensure optimal vine development and the production of exceptional fruit and superb wines.

“There is attention to detail in everything we do that comes only with time and experience, right down to an appreciation of the individual characteristics of each group of vines in each vineyard block.”

Mark Lewis, Cape Landing

 

Cape Landing’s Wine Dogs

Wherever wine is made, you’re likely to find loyal canines snoozing in the cellar or roaming the vineyard. Australian Shepherds, Beau and Jasper, are Cape Landing’s ‘Wine Dogs’.

Favourite Food
Beau – Loves, loves bones, especially bones ‘borrowed’ from other dogs.
Jasper – biscuits whenever her arrives at the vineyard.

Naughtiest Deeds
Beau – Serial sock thief! Prone to teasing innocent victims before returning thoroughly dog slobbered swag.
Jasper – just hanging out in Matt’s pick-up truck.

Obsessions
Beau – Water! Sea, rivers, dams – any time of the year.
Jasper – not working too hard!

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