It is rare for wine writers to agree on anything, but our MAGPIE HILL RIESLING 2018 has been awarded 96 points by messers Halliday (the Wine Companion), Huon Hooke (Sydney) and Ray Jordan (Perth). You see lightning can strike twice! Huon Hooke has named it EQUAL TOP RIESLING IN AUSTRALIA and Ray Jordan has named it his TOP WA RIESLING in his current Book. It too, has almost sold out and you need to get your orders in VERY SOON!
We are thrilled to announce the release of the latest 2018 vintages, including some new wines which have just been added. The new vintage of the Magpie Hill Reserver Shiraz 2017 has just been released and is now available and all again have exceeded our expectations. Please visit our Wines page to place your order.
Duke and Hilde would love to welcome you to their picturesque vineyard in person, but if this is not possible, feel free to 'visit' us on this website.
We have used a few pictures of the bookmarks we always give away with sales of our lovely Porongurup wines.
Duke's Vineyard is situated in Porongurup, near Mt Barker, Western Australia.
With sweeping views of the Porongurup and Stirling Ranges, Duke's offers a million dollar view for you to take in while sampling some of Duke's outstanding Great Southern wines.
We grow Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes in our 10 hectare vineyard.
IAN "DUKE" & HILDE RANSON
Address: PMB 1380, Porongurup Rd
Porongurup, WA 6324
Phone: +61 08 9853 1107
Justin and Duke are beginning to get itchy fingers as the leaves fall and pruning approaches. We continue to fine tune our pruning methods to help the vines produce something special and we will show you some of the results in a bottle later this year with 2018 ROSÉ and a new, first ever BLEND of Cab and Shiraz, “THE MORRISSEY” (NOW AVAILABLE ON OUR WINE PAGE!).
The Riesling block has a big change of soil types and slowly we have developed pruning to suit. We hope the result will be a slow, steady improvement in flavours. Our Riesling is pruned to hide bunches from the sun to give clear, pure Riesling colour and flavour, while the reds are pruned to maximise air and sun exposure to add tannins, colour and flavour....chalk and cheese really. We will soon stock the vineyard with sheep again to control weeds and leave a clean, well fertilized vineyard that doesn’t need weedicide. And left behind is a dense bed of clover that provides a continuous supply of Nitrogen that is always there when the vines need it.
Have a warm (red) winter and think of Justin and Duke in the vineyard through rain (if only!), and sleet and wind and cold, pruning those beautiful vines to produce some more great wines in 2019