Situated in a picturesque valley near Smiths Beach, south of its namesake, Cape Naturaliste Vineyard is Australia’s most western vineyard. The valley here provides a variety of rich soil types, ideal for growing premium wine grapes. A maritime location, proactive farming and the winemaker’s biodynamic philosophy makes the need for herbicides and pesticides a thing of the past.
Formerly a coach inn for settlers travelling by horse from Perth to Margaret River in the nineteenth century, this same stone structure now provides a charming and rustic backdrop to the vineyard. In the late 1800s, the property became a dairy farm, and the old stone milking shed has since been converted into the winery’s cellar door.
Feeding the vines in the early part of the season and post-harvest is water from a natural spring soak on the property. Cape Naturaliste Vineyard prides itself on the skill and craftsmanship poured into the creation of its high-quality, naturally produced wines.
Cape Naturaliste Vineyard was founded by Craig Brent-White in 1997. With 8.2 hectares under vine on-site, the single vineyard’s varietal produces ten styles of wine, specialising in sparkling shiraz, barrel-aged reds and both oaked and unoaked white wines.
The undulating topography provides optimal drainage, important in control the vigour of the vines. Some of the vine blocks are dry grown instead, due to the presence of underground springs. Craig and Jennifer have a love for animals and are proud supporters of Saving Animals From Euthanasia (SAFE) Busselton.
The winery has been making their mark in the industry, winning ‘Best Red from a Single Vineyard’ in the London International Wine Competition 2011. What’s more, it’s also been awarded a 5-star vineyard rating under the James Halliday wineries lists. Its wines boast an all-natural making process thanks to Craig and Jennifer, who have overseen the running of their winery since its inception.
⇐ 2017 Torpedo Rocks Sparkling Shiraz
Persistent mousse, the bubbles highlight the aromatic characters of blueberries, plums and vibrant red fruits. The finish is firm without being too dry or overtly sweet. This wine is the ideal compliment to a range of foods including Thai, Indian and perfect with chicken or turkey. Serve chilled.
⇐ 2022 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
The small portion of barrel fermented semillon softens the palate with a slight creaminess but still allowing the fruits to carry through to the palate with the citrus characters dominating. The finish is well rounded, long, full flavoured, fresh and mouthwatering.
⇐ The 2018 Sextant Appassimento
The wine making methods are the same with the percentage of partially dried and ripe fruit. The colour is dark blue/ black with a density you could almost disappear into. The nose and palate are full of quince, dates, dried figs, blackberry and anise. This rich muscular style is loaded with flavour, and the wine finishes with an extremely long length of flavour. Cellaring can be up to 30 years, 30 months or 30 minutes.
⇐ 2019 Torpedo Rocks Reserve Cabernet Malbec Merlot
The taste as you would expect is overall cabernet with luscious fruits, a slice of Nanna’s fruit cake and the richness of the malbec mocha tones. The merlot softens the impact slightly but this blend registers very high on the taste scale. The mouth feel is big with a fabulous tannin structure and plate length that finishes at the bus stop down the road.
1 Coley Road,
Tel: (+61) 8975 52538
Open daily 10:30am to 5pm for wine tastings and retail
wine purchases. Large groups or tours by appointment
Weddings & Functions
Cape Naturaliste can cater to weddings, with unlimited numbers. Outside catering will be required
Cape Naturaliste Vineyard is a pet friendly environment, dogs may have their photo taken for the ‘Dogs of Cape Nat Vineyard’ wall of fame; the winery also offers Birthday Club memberships