Bunn’s Vineyard, located in the cool climate region of the Great Southern in Western Australia near Albany, is where Richard and Irene Bunn began their wine journey in 1997. The Bunn family have been connected to the land for generations and their philosophy has always been to work with nature with an emphasis on environmental responsibility and regenerative farming. They first planted cabernet sauvignon in 1997 and then shiraz in 1998 on their property to diversify their farming and they are known for their preservative free red varieties. In 2017 riesling was planted to meet the demand to add a white wine to their range with minimal sulphur added to the riesling.
The expert hands of Bunn’s Vineyard’s winemakers produces preservative free, natural wines from biodynamically grown fruit. Seeking to produce iconic wines, the focus is on soil biology giving rise to healthy resilient fruit. The red wine is simply made using traditional fermenters, hand plunged, basket pressed and matured in small oak casks.
To make natural wines without additions the fruit must be concentrated, have fully ripe tannins, flavours and minerality. At Bunn’s Vineyard, the vines are carefully managed, cane pruned for low yields and dry grown in rocky laterite gravel soils. The vines are nurtured with the use of compost and biodynamic preparations, producing intense, concentrated fruit with ripe tannins. A fox proof fence surrounding the vineyard enables the Bunn family’s geese, ducks and guinea fowl to roam freely and manage pests, avoiding the use of pesticides. These careful treatments lead to vines which are disease resistant and wines which have a natural purity and stability with a complex flavour profile.
Due to the cool climate in Albany, the riesling is typically picked late March to early April and the shiraz and cabernet sauvignon grapes are often harvested in mid to late April when flavour and tannins are at full ripeness and the weather is favourable. The red grapes are transferred to the on-site winery and simply de-stemmed and crushed into small open waxed lined fermenters. Bunn’s Vineyard is committed to creating minimal intervention wines, no additions are made to the red varieties, however minimal sulphur is added to the riesling that is fermented in stainless tanks. Bunn’s Vineyards’ wines are a pure and authentic expression of this single vineyard site, creating intense delicious wines with complex flavour profiles.
⇐ Bunn Vineyard 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon
A dark and brooding yet approachable wine that opens with aromas of roasted red meats, then earthy blackcurrants and a dust of white pepper. On the palate there are juicy damson plums that lead to black olive earthiness with firm tannins. A wine that will keep on giving into the future.
⇐ Bunn Vineyard 2020 Shiraz
An intense red with purple hues with wafts of cigar box and delicious spices like cloves and black pepper mingling over blackberries. The palate opens with mulberry and a mix of earthy spices before winding along to a smoky and savoury extended finish. The tannins are great now but indicate an exciting long future.
⇐ Bunn Vineyard 2022 Riesling
Green apple and fresh lemon and lime with an interesting perfume that combines lemon myrtle, juniper and a slight petrol top note. Dry and tight with a fine powdery texture, intense clean acid cut with some savoury lees complexity and quinine-like tang. Finish is fresh, dry and quite long with lime leaf and rind in the aftertaste. A very interesting cool feeling wine with plenty of character from the Great Southern region of Western Australia.
⇐ Bunn Vineyard 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
This Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of fire-roasted capsicum, leather and olive tapenade. The wine has an underlying flavour of blackcurrant and bay leaf that finishes with a satisfying earthiness. The tannins are firm and lingering that would complement babaganoush mopped up with toasted sour bread.