Never ones to shirk an opportunity, John and Jan purchased the 110-acre property at an auction at the Vasse Hotel on 14 December 1985. The property was bushland, plus one large paddock and a shack with no electricity. But John and Jan recognised in it something they could grow, nurture and encourage into life. It had potential.
Perhaps the most important influence on John, Jan and the Frazer Woods story was that of renowned winemaker Harold Osborne - who traversed from California to Western Australia to New Zealand and back again in order to perfect the art of new world sparkling. Famously renowned for leaving California in order to get a tan, after months dedicated to the region’s underground cellars, Harold passed his legacy on to John, Jan, and all enthusiasts of exceptional sparkling wine thorough the development of La Cache.
Ever the opportunists, the pioneers and the experimentalists, John and Jan continue to oversee the operations of Frazer Woods alongside the next generation of custodians, their sons Tom, James and Nick.
The vineyard is situated in the highly sort after Willyabrup sub region of Margaret River – a world-renowned wine region celebrated for producing high quality wines. The altitude, 110 metres, and the position of the vineyard, which exposed to cooling sea breezes results in a prolonged growing season, to enable fruit to develop maximum flavour and ripeness.
We craft our wines by the méthode traditionelle, and transferring the wine to the cellar where they are stacked for maturation.
Deep inside the cellar, protected from the light and kept at a constant temperature of around 12 degrees, the wine embarks on a long period of maturation - an all-important process of aging that is the main distinction of our winemaking.
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