In a short space of time, Mandoon has made a very large impression on the Western Australian wine scene, largely because of the quality of the reds which winemaker, Ryan Sudano, has sourced from Frankland River, Margaret River and the Swan Valley. The Mandoon site was part of the original block which was allocated to the state’s first surveyor general, John Septimus Roe, in 1829. As was their neighbour, Sandalford. The 13.2-hectare property was purchased by the Erceg family in 2008 and now boasts extensive lawns and picnic spaces, a tasting area with abundant natural light, a brewery and cafe, an art gallery, and an impressive fine dining restaurant.
The Mandoon reputation has been built on a stunning wine show haul and the clear perception that the wines represent incredible value for money. The 2014 Cabernet Merlot from the Margaret River Research Station Vineyard is a trophy winner selling for $30 while the Old Vine Grenache and Shiraz from the Swan Valley illustrate that they have been able to source outstanding reds locally. Similarly, the 2015 Surveyors White highlights the Valley’s ability to produce refreshing early drinking styles. Peter Forrestal