Ashbrook Estate News Issue 9 - Winter 2020

The Silver Lining

Lockdown and our remaining hard border have facilitated and reinvigorated Ashbrook Estate’s relationship with so many wonderful West Australians. I am sure this story would be echoed by most local producers especially in the regional areas of WA. This stunning State offers enormous variety and it is heart-warming to see people who live here, visiting here, buying from here, from the source. We have seen a genuine interest in where and how the grapes are grown and in their transformation from vine to wine. There’s a focus on quality, sustainability and value for money. People have discovered just how well, and how affordably, they can eat and drink at home. I imagine wine rack and fridge sales have done very well over the last few months. Our freedom in WA is not taken for granted. Uncertainty and contingency plans are here to stay.

With the cancellation of several major wine shows around Australia and the world, we were extremely lucky to have the chance to exhibit our wines in the 2020 Perth Royal Wine Show. Our 2020 Ashbrook Estate Riesling, Verdelho, Rosé and 2018 Chardonnay all received medals. Cath was lucky enough to attend the post wine show luncheon, featuring the Jack Mann Memorial Medal presentation, on our wonderful WA Fine Wine Wholesalers’ table. Thank you to Ronnie Lawrence and the FWW team for their hard work and continued support throughout a challenging year for everyone. Our hearts go out to our wine friends and family over east. May the virus be controlled, the borders relaxed and Australia be whole again.