The Manjimup truffle season opens on the first day of Winter making it the perfect time to showcase this special and much-loved ingredient in the upcoming menu.
The year seems to be flying by and it seems like just yesterday that the vines were starting their bud burst. However, Autumn is well and truly here and as such Vintage for 2018 has now been completed. With the last grapes picked off the vine and only three parcels currently left on their skins waiting to be pressed; what better time than to reflect and to share all of our news from the winery.
With a total of 245 tonne picked across all varieties, 160 tonne was from the white varieties and 85 tonne was from the red varieties. This tonnage was only slightly down (2% less) on last year and is a great result for the estate, proof that it has been a fantastic season of growing conditions here in the region.
We had our first fruit from our clonal Shiraz which is planted out the back behind the lake house and it is an unreal result that will gives our Chief Winemaker an even greater blending option for the estate Shiraz in years to come.
- First pick was our Chardonnay middle section on the 16th of February
- Last pick was the sticky Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc component on the 6th of April
- A total of 245 Tonne was picked this year - that's a lot of buckets of grapes!
Whilst looking at the red varieties it's impossible to go past the results from our premium Cabernet Sauvignon vines. With the highest yield on record from these vines and the quality outstanding, Ryan Aggiss our Chief Winemaker is thrilled:
"What a year to have lots of Cabernet, the quality is as good as I have seen and reminds me of 2004, the best Cabernet year on record!"
Turning to the white varieties, the Chardonnay and Chenin look very solid and again should provide some fantastic wines going forward. With the current release of Aravina Estate's 2015 Wildwood Ridge Chardonnay providing outstanding results including 96 point's from James Halliday, it will indeed be exciting to see this vintage develop.
Now the grapes are picked it means that things will be busy up in the winery with the next process beginning for the grapes; malolactic fermentation is well underway and so there is no rest for our busy wine making team!
Blending and stabilising the upcoming wines for our new releases will also shortly commence. We can't wait to share them with you, keep eyes peeled on our website, newsletter and social media accounts for the date of release in the following months.
Without good help it’s impossible to deliver good results, so thanks to chief winemaker Ryan Aggiss and his stellar team we look forward to seeing the wines of 2018 in bottle and barrel over the coming years.
Here at Aravina Estate, the team wishes you a wonderful Easter break filled with peace, love, family and friends. It is a time for relaxing, enjoying our beautiful Busselton-Margaret River Region and for welcoming the warm, sun-filled Autumn Season.
With the last of our award winning Cabernet grapes picked this week, Aravina will be celebrating the start of our wine making year and inviting you to sample amazing cuisine presented by Tony Howell and Ben Jacob in the Aravina Restaurant and Riviera Bar.
It is one of our busiest times of the year down south and the restaurant is almost fully booked but please sure to visit as we have plenty of exciting options to keep all the family entertained throughout the weekend.
Enjoy a relaxed share platter and a glass of wine in the Riveria Bar, the hottest new venue in town. With a bespoke cocktail list and Taj Burrow's Honest Ale for beer lovers, it is the perfect spot to spend a lazy afternoon.
Alternatively we are thrilled to have the Margaret River Burger Company return to our lawns. Enjoy a juicy buger out in the sunshine and a bottle of wine from our pop up wine bar down by the glistening lakes.
In collaboration with Barbagello Motors there is a special treat for car enthusiasts with two stunning Maseratis on display amidst the picturesque gardens. Be sure to look out for a striking black Levante and a classic black Ghibli on display for the long weekend only.
Finally be sure to check out the WA Surf Gallery. Opening in December it has had an incredible response from the public and the surfing community alike. Don't miss this retrospective following the history of Western Australia's surfing culture from early days to the present.
We are open every day except for Good Friday.
2018 is here and everyone at Aravina Estate wishes you a new year full of love, happiness and success. The hardworking team at the Estate have been busy working behind the scenes to ensure there are lots of exciting new adventures for the whole family when visiting this Summer.
The restaurant has recently seen an exciting restyling of the décor at Aravina Estate. In a tribute to the history of the region and the surfing culture in Yallingup, visitors can now view the Aravina surfboard collection as well as beach and surfing memorabilia from great surfing icons of Margaret River, Yallingup, Malibu and Hawaii.
Taj Burrow, local surf legend and long time supporter of Aravina, visited the estate to check out the collection and changes. Seen above catching up with Head Chef Ben Day and Chief Winemaker Ryan Aggiss, Taj gave the refit an official stamp of approval and thumbs up after a surf down at the local break earlier in the day.
The team at Surfing WA are also very enthusiastic about the tribute to the Yallingup Surf culture, especially with Aravina’s close ties with the Margaret River Surf Pro each year. In fact, it was Aravina where Taj chose to celebrate his retirement from the professional circuit at last year's Surf Pro.
The refit ties in closely with the exciting restaurant relaunch. The onset of Autumn sees a shift from the formal set menu approach that has been synonymous with Aravina's restaurant, to a more relaxed dining experience.The new and innovative dining choices encompasses Ben’s Day’s beautiful new menu with a wider range of menu options and extensive drinks list including champagne cocktails, beers and ciders and premium award winning Aravina museum stock wines to celebrate the Estate’s 30th anniversary this year.
It's almost that time of year again... the countdown is on to New Years Eve!
2016 has been an incredible year here at Aravina Estate and we would personally like to thank each and every one of you for your continuing support and enthusiasm for Aravina Estate.
As the year draws to a close its always important to reflect on the year that has been and all of the people and experiences that helped make it a year to remember.
Here at Aravina we have had a year brimming with events and functions at the estate - from sponsoring the Margaret River Surf Pro and hosting Taj Burrows farewell lunch, through to the HIA awards dinner and the Margaret River Wine Awards most recently.
We are proud to continue our reputation as the South West's number one Wedding destination and 2016 has seen countless beautiful brides walk down the aisle to their eagerly awaiting groom and start their life as husband and wife in our exquisite function room.
In the restaurant we have our brilliant Executive Chef Ben Day and his team of skilled chefs who have crafted a year of inspiring and innovative seasonal menus utilising as much produce from our market garden as possible.
July brought with it a sad farewell to our winemaker of 5 years, Jodie Opie, but we very warmly welcomed Ryan Aggiss to step into the role of Aravina's Chief Winemaker. Ryan's extensive experience and enthusiasm for the wine industry is leading to some very exciting wines ahead for Aravina and contributed to the ever increasing list of awards that grace our boutique wine list. 2017 marks the 30th year that Aravina has been producing it's stunning wines so be sure to look out for some exciting events in the coming year to celebrate!
September marked the one year anniversary of our Pop-Up space (which is open every day in Summer until February) and our delicious Aravina Cucina range. We were kept very busy in the lead up to Christmas with our corporate hampers and Aravina's Operations Manager, Sandra Newland has been vital in continuing to provide the service and experience that we are renowned for and that draws guests back to visit us each time they visit the region.
Finally a heartfelt thank you to all of the staff that make Aravina the special place that it is. From our head gardener and the estate maintenance team, our viticulturist, the restaurant supervisors and their hardworking staff, cellar door team, weddings and events team, marketing and communications manager, through to our chefs and all the staff in the kitchen.
May you welcome the new year with open arms, a full heart and with excitement for the year ahead and all of the joys it has in store.
We look forward to welcoming you at Aravina Estate in 2017 and continuing to share this incredible part of the world with you.
Happy New Year!
Steve and Hayley Tobin
Aravina Estate Owners
Introducing 'The Parisian Heart'...
Allow yourself to be swept up in a luxurious touch of French romance with the newest addition to Aravina's range, The 2016 Parisian Heart.
A delicious champagne cocktail 'non-alcoholic' mixer exhibiting flavours of summer berries and vanilla bean. This is the perfect accompaniment for creating a Champagne Cocktail for any occasion.
Now available to buy exclusively at our cellar door by the bottle, we recommend pairing this mixer with the Aravina Estate 'A' Collection Sparkling Chenin Blanc.
Perfect for ringing in the New Year with or be sure to order a glass to start your meal with when you next come in to dine at at restaurant.
Bookings essential, phone 9750 1111.
Summer Wine Special – 12 pack just $150!
Be quick before they are all gone! An end of vintage sale has just been announced for our 2013 Cabernet Merlot as a Summer special before we release our next vintage.
It exhibits classic Margaret River black fruit dominated by cassis and spicy French oak on the nose. Dry, with well integrated fruit and tannins and lovely ripe plum and boysenberry flavours that linger on the palate and the aroma is intense and powerful. Drinking well now or will age for up to five years.
The RRP is $32 per bottle so be fast to snap up a 6-pack for $90 or a case of 12 for $150.
Aravina Estate is urging customers to make lunch reservations well in advance after experiencing unprecedented bookings for the Summer holiday period.
Simply call 9750 1111 to book your table and avoid disappointment.
The restaurant’s Summer Menu features light, seasonal and delicious offerings in the most beautiful of vineyard settings. Take in the gardens, lakes and vines from the Estate’s terrace restaurant while savouring wines from the Estate.
The menu includes these signature dishes:
Cured kingfish, citrus buttermilk dressing, avocado, cucumber, tapioca (Entrée - pictured)
Drink: 2015 Vermentino
Butternuts roasted in yoghurt, spiced zucchini, dried grapes, sheep’s feta, dukkah (Main)
Drink: 2015 'Single Vineyard Block 4' Chenin Blanc
Slow cooked chicken Maryland, parsnip, green raisins, parsley root, white anchovy salad (Main)
Drink: 2014 'Wildwood Ridge Reserve' Chardonnay
Roasted Black Angus beef, Estate carrots, crispy kale, parsley and caper dressing, Aravina Cucina verjuice mustard (Main)
Drink: 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Aravina Estate is open daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Two options are offered; two courses for $60, or three courses for $70.
New to Aravina Estate, customers are also welcome to purchase sparkling wine and summer cocktails styled by Dan Hilton from Bobéche Perth, prior to taking their seats. It’s a great way to relax and unwind before you settle in for a luxurious lunch.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Aravina Estate is proud to be an affiliate partner of this years Margaret River Pro which starts on April 15 2015.
Moreover, Taj Burrows has chosen Aravina Estate as his favourite lunch spot and will be 'filmed' having lunch on one of the 'lay days' TBC.
If you're planning on visiting Aravina Estate these school holidays, please call ahead to secure your reservation -
(08) 9750 1111