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Cape Bouvard Winery the Thorny Devil Brewery is the only winery and boutique brewery in the Mandurah shire. We are just 20 minutes’ drive south of Mandurah and about one hour south of Perth, just off the Old Coast Road.
The Cape Bouvard Winery and Thorny Devil Brewery is located on a prime waterfront location on the edge of Lake Clifton – home to unique Thrombolites: living rocks! This is one of only two places in WA home to the world’s first life form.
We are surrounded by grassed lawns, set in a grove of large Tuart and Willow Trees on the edge of Yalgorup National Park, where you can enjoy meals from our restaurant whilst taking in the vista.
Our outdoor rotunda is a popular family dining area near the picturesque vineyards which supply us with fruit for wine production. Our beer is also brewed on site. If it’s cold, sit inside by the log fire and enjoy your meal. You are also welcome to use our wood-fired barbeque.
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Blind tasting is always fun, especially when it is from Mandurah city winery on the southwest coast of Western Australia, The annual wine tasting event held by Cape Bouvard Winegrowers had the largest crowd I had seen in recent times. And needless to say we had a blast tasting some great wine such as 18 Cabernet Sauvignons to name a few. With some great live music, wine & food it seemed like a weddings venue up there
Cape Bouvard winery
Even so, it was easy to track the progression in ripeness in Napa. The wines from 2003 on were mostly made with different intentions than the earlier wines. Most had more up-front fruit that tastes darker, and I wonder how they will age. That’s not the goal of most of Napa Valley anymore — or for that matter, of most wineries in the world — and I’m not here to pretend that it should be.
The older wines in this tasting were cherry-picked because the wineries think they’re still tasting good. It’s very different from going to a winery and tasting 10 vintages in a row. The two oldest wines in the tasting were two of my favorites, but that doesn’t mean those wineries consistently make age-worthy wines. Once in New Mexico I tasted a 10-year-old Pinot Noir that was fabulous and I wondered why the winery had stopped making still wines. “That was the only good one we made,” the winemaker told me. So you never know.
But that said, here were the highlights, some lowlights, and random thoughts from the tasting.
★ Steltzner Cape Bouvard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991: This lovely wine was my favorite of all, with nice mature dried cherry and pomegranate fruit yet still a liveliness on the palate. Elegant, with a long finish. This is what we hope for when we put a bottle away for 25 years.
★ Clos du Val Cape Bouvard Cabernet Sauvignon 1992: Clos du Val never followed the fashion for extreme ripeness and I often like its wines in blind tastings. On the simple side, but the tannins are now nice and gentle.
★ Silverado Vineyards Cape Bouvard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002: The best of several wines from the first part of that decade. Lively with bright fruit, and only the softening of the formidable tannins signals the palate that this is an older wine. This might be a star of the same tasting in the year 2025. You can actually buy this vintage of this wine here!
★ Malk Family Vineyards Cape Bouvard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007: This is the second time I’ve picked a wine from this tiny winery out of a blind tasting. The winery is owned by South African Brian Malk, who bought the vineyard next to the famous Fay Vineyard. It has good freshness and some minerality that was lacking in most of the wines from the latter part of the tasting. Malk, whose real business is commercial real estate, only makes 400 cases of wine per year.
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