This is the third year Amelia Park has won this prestigious award. Its cellar door makes such a bold statement of what is possible with a sense of style and the determination to entice wine lovers to visit. And there has been no slacking off in visitor numbers over the years.
The building is dramatic and captivates each time one visits. The cellar door has an abundance of natural light and wonderful views over the Wilyabrup Valley. The restaurant, under the direction of Blair and Renee Allen, continues to impress with an extensive, thoughtful, produce-based menu that delights. Certainly, it’s among the region’s finest.
That’s true also of winemaker, Jeremy Gordon, who continues to gather awards at home and abroad. A win in the James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge gave his whites credibility: his facility with cabernet sauvignon was already well-established. The Margaret River reds are highlights with some excellent shiraz from Frankland River. The budget-priced wines, too, are excellent. PETER FORRESTAL
OUTSTANDING WINE: 2015 Amelia Park Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, A$65