Great Southern Pinot Noir

Great Southern

Three Lions

The Three Lions wines are new from Plantagenet. The name Plantagenet was given...

to the shire in Western Australia by early English settlers, and was adopted by the winery when it was established in 1974. The arms of the Gules family, who later became the Plantagenet dynasty, were three lions passant guardant, termed colloquially "the arms of England". They were first adopted by King Richard the Lionheart (1189–1199), son of King Henry II of England (1154–1189), son of Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (1113/17–1151). Plantagenet the winery is now self-sufficient, with 126 hectares of vineyard in Great Southern. All their wines are now made from estate fruit, so it makes sense that they should introduce a new label, with a link to the name Plantagenet, to showcase this fruit.

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Plantagenet’s total 126 hectares of vineyard have been carved out of the region’s distinctive Marri soils, named after the massive native Marri, or Red Gum, trees that grow here. The soils are gravelly loams with good drainage over a base of clay, sand or ironstone rock, ensuring that the vines are not over-watered or over-fertilised, thus allowing for optimal fruit concentration.

Vintage Information

The 2016 growing season saw above average rainfall late in the winter, followed by more in early spring, increasing soil moisture. This, combined with warmer than average October temperatures, resulted in higher than normal vigour. The growing period was milder, which favoured the earlier ripening varieties. Overall, it was a long and cool vintage which resulted in leaner, more elegant wines with excellent complexity.


Grapes were machine harvested and then destemmed and crushed before being transferred to temperature controlled tanks. Fermentation took place at 25°C and was aided by regular pump overs and punch downs to maximise the extraction of aromatics and colour. The wine was then transferred into barrels for malolactic fermentation, which softened acidity and tannins and allowed integration of complex oak flavours.

Tasting Notes

This wine is deep garnet red in colour. On the nose, there are lifted aromas of red cherry, forest floor and a savoury complexity that leads into a palate bursting with bramble fruits and toasty oak. This Pinot Noir is beautifully textured with fine tannins and balanced acidity.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Great Southern, Western Australia
Winemaker Luke Eckersley
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 6.1g/l
Residual Sugar 1.3g/l
Wine pH 3.56