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CHURCHVIEW ESTATE

Churchview Estate gets its name from the St Johns, heritage listed Anglican church, as seen from the tasting room. The privately owned property was selected for its ideal and fertile gravelly loam soils, ample clean water and north facing slopes. The 100 hectare estate has 56 hectares under vines growing 16 different grape varieties. The portfolio of wines offered is both extensive and exciting, with a wine to suit every occasion and every budget. This website will tell you the story behind the very passionate and dedicated team who are only interested in producing the very best wines for your enjoyment. It is for these reasons Churchview Estate was awarded a five star winery status from James Halliday in 2016.

MARGARET RIVER

The Margaret River wine region produces around three percent of Australia's wine grapes, however, the wines from this region account for over 20 percent of Australia's finest wines. There is over 5000 hectares under vine and approximately 215 grape growers and wine producers. Margaret River is a true "boutique" wine producing region. What makes a great Margaret River wine is not only the unique clean maritime environment in which the grapes are grown or the science of modern wine making techniques. It is equally about the passionate men and women who are dedicated to growing and crafting some of the world's finest wines.

ABOUT US

CULTIVATED.

CULTIVATED.

The grape vine in its wild state is a climber and its natural habitat was the forest. Over 5000 years ago man took the vine and began to cultivate it, presumably for wine. Wine-growers have long known the importance of soil, climate and the grape variety, a combination the French call "terroir". Today we also understand the importance of viticulture...
CRAFTED.

CRAFTED.

Winemaking or vinification is the process of taking grapes and turning the juice of those grapes into wine. The process is a simple one, but it requires special attention at key events. There is both an art and a science involved in the process and it can be argued that the skills required by the winemaker amount to craftsmanship. MAKING...
CHERISHED.

CHERISHED.

It would be impossible to trace back the origins of wine. There is evidence that the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans enjoyed wine in their ancient cultures. Wine is now widely available to most in our society, but it's how we view wine that will differ between each of us. We believe that every bottle of wine should be enjoyed, shared and cherished. ...
  • CULTIVATED.
  • CRAFTED.
  • CHERISHED.
  • CULTIVATED.

    The grape vine in its wild state is a climber and its natural habitat was the forest. Over 5000 years ago man took the vine and began to cultivate it, presumably for wine. Wine-growers have long known the importance of soil, climate and the grape variety, a combination the French call "terroir". Today we also understand the importance of viticulture the science behind cultivating the fruit.

    OUR ORGANIC PRINCIPLES

    It is a well known fact that the creation of a great bottle of wine starts in the vineyard. What is meant by this is that the purity and quality of the fruit will dictate the quality and purity of the wine. Our philosophy behind the cultivation of our vines is simple, if we treat the environment with respect and work with nature, then in return we will be gifted with pure, clean and healthy fruit.

    Churchview Estate prides itself on doing our bit to look after the environment. Over the last 15 years we have worked hard to convert the vineyard from a full conventional to an organic operated vineyard. This means that we do not use any toxic chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

    Our management practises are based around the health of the soil. This means that if we can keep the soil healthy the vines will naturally be healthy as well. We carry out regular soil sampling to ensure that the soil is in balance, this ensures that the nutrients which naturally occur in the soil are readily available to the plant. By carrying out regular soil tests we can tell what the vines are actually using to produce the grapes and therefore only replenish the essential nutrients that are being used by the vine.
     
    We maintain a complete cover crop between the rows and under the vines. This means we do not need to use any herbicides which have adverse effects on overall soil health. Cover crops are made up of rye grasses and clovers which we let reseed before mowing and slashing. In the vineyard we will also seed lupins and clover to help the organic matter build up over time.
     
    To keep our soils healthy we spread organic compost throughout the vineyard on a yearly basis. We follow this with regular applications of organic seaweed, fish emulsion and potassium humate. This is applied not just to the vines but to the cover crops as well. This helps to have a complete healthy and fertile environment.
     

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    SITE SELECTION

    The property was originally selected for its fertile and healthy soils and for the mainly north facing slopes capturing the best of the sunlight. This helps with the consistent ripening of the fruit.

    The estate is situated on one of the first major slopes heading south towards Margaret River on the Bussell Hwy. This gives us the opportunity to capture the natural runoff of rainfall to fill a number of dams on the property.

    The soils consist mainly of gravelly loam with some smaller plots of sandy loam. Some sections also have an underlying slightly clay base. These soils have the capacity to hold their moisture for longer into the summer meaning that the nutrients that are in the soil are available to the plant for longer into the summer.

    Most of our rows of vines run north south. This means that the vines and grapes capture the morning sun on the east, grapes are shaded in the heat of the day as the sun is above in the north and the grapes benefit from the cooler afternoon sun in the west. We have a split canopy system which allows for a larger canopy from the ground up. This gives a greater leaf area helping to ripen the grapes more evenly.

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    A YEAR IN THE VINEYARD


    Every vineyard has the same essential annual routine, but there are scores of options open to the wine-grower as to how and when each job is carried out. The decisions of the growers will be dictated by climate, tradition, economics and the pursuit of quality. There have been enormous advances in the science of viticulture and the results of such research is shared world wide. We continously try to make improvements each year learning from our previous experiences and techniques. We also rely on new knowledge as well as a healthy portion of tradition.

    Our vines are pruned from June through to August.

    Budburst starts in spring during September.

    Flowering begins in middle to late November.

    In the middle of December the bunches start to fill out and rapidly increase in size.

    Late in January the fruit begins a process called veraison. This is where the grapes begin to change colour. It is also when the sugar levels in the grapes begin to rise on a daily basis.

    Harvest time can start as early as the middle of February for some white varieties and finish in the middle of April for some red varieties.

    After harvest and as the season changes the vines turn golden and drop their leaves before coming dormant for the winter months ready for pruning.

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    THE GRAPE VARIETIES

    The 100 hectare property that is Churchview Estate currently has 56 hectares of vines. On the property we grow 16 different grape varieties and this is more varieties on a single vineyard that any other vineyard in the Margaret River region.

    The varieties are planted in various blocks across the estate depending on the best location for that variety. Listed below are all 16 varieties.

    Chardonnay (4 clones)
    Sauvignon Blanc
    Chenin Blanc
    Semillon
    Verdelho
    Viognier
    Marsanne
    Riesling
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    Merlot
    Shiraz
    Grenache
    Mourvedre
    Malbec
    Petit Verdot
    Zinfandel

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  • CRAFTED.

    Winemaking or vinification is the process of taking grapes and turning the juice of those grapes into wine. The process is a simple one, but it requires special attention at key events. There is both an art and a science involved in the process and it can be argued that the skills required by the winemaker amount to craftsmanship.

    MAKING THE WINE

    Our winemaker is Greg Garnish, his role is to ensure that at each quality event he takes extra care to craft the wine. Every stage whether it be grape sampling, harvesting, crushing, pressing, fermenting, filtering and bottling requires attention to detail and sensory analysis to craft the finest wines we can for each vintage.

    The special ability to craft the wine ensures that every single bottle we produce is a reflection of the site and speaks about the vintage, the climate and the different flavour profiles that each season brings. It's the difference in vintage that makes winemaking an art and the ability to bring these flavours to you that makes wine so interesting.

    The line between the vineyard and the winery is not as absolute and clear cut as it might seem at first. The winery and much of its equipment is but a passing phase in the transition from grape to wine. All the equipment in the winery cannot itself guarantee quality, identity or style. These things come primarily from the fruit supplied and the winemaker's imprint on them. At every stage of the process different options are available to the winemaker. Even given identical grapes it is these options that determine to a large extent the final quality and individual style of what is finally bottled. Our philosophy at Churchview Estate is to make the best possible wine we can and make that affordable to you. We have built a reputation for quality and affordability and we are confident every bottle of wine we produce will impress you and those who you share it with.

     

     

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    THE IMPORTANCE OF OAK

    Most of our premium wines will have an element of oak in their flavour profile. Quality oak barrels are an important factor in the making of quality wines. The very best French Oak barrels are sourced to make our wines and these barrels are as important as the fruit when it comes to crafting the wines.

    These barrels are sourced from France, they are grown in the famous oak forests of France and made by French coopers. These barrels are expensive and form a major part of the cost of making fine wines. A barrel or barrique holds 225 litres they are only used a handful of times before they serve no further purpose as they do not add any further "oak" flavour to the wine. We will invest several thousands of dollars each year on oak barrels and it is for this reason that some of our very best wines will carry a higher price tag.

    What many mass producers will do is add oak flavour to their wines using free floating oak chips in the fermentation tanks, this cuts costs but it also cuts quality. It can be argued that the flavour added to these wines using these methods is overpowering and can often be unpleasant, it is for this reason that many people may choose to opt for wine styles that do not have any oak flavour. Wine is all about balance and a well balanced wine may contain a well balanced oak component. We encourage you to embrace these traditional methods and enjoy the complexity and depth oak will add to our wines. The Bartondale chardonnay is a wine that will showcase how oak and fruit can work so well together, that the experience when drinking this wine is simply magic.

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  • CHERISHED.

    It would be impossible to trace back the origins of wine. There is evidence that the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans enjoyed wine in their ancient cultures. Wine is now widely available to most in our society, but it's how we view wine that will differ between each of us. We believe that every bottle of wine should be enjoyed, shared and cherished.

    A GUIDE TO WINE TASTING

    Wine is more than just a beverage. It has been enjoyed for many thousands of years in many different cultures. Today wine is available to most of us and is easily obtained. As wine enthusiasts we want to share our product with other wine enthusiasts. It is a well known fact that Western Australia and Margaret River in particular produces some of the finest wines in the world. What makes a fine wine is very subjective and personal, for example someone may prefer sweet wines over dry, or oaked wines over unoaked. If you enjoy the wine and it provides you with a positive experience then we can assume its a fine wine. To enjoy wines and all they offer it is worth following a method when tasting wines.

    There is a distinct order in which the senses are brought into play when tasting wine. Quite naturally sight is the first to take part. Clarity, colour, condition and the age of the wine can be determined through the appearance of the wine. Aroma and how the wine stimulates our sense of smell is often neglected, yet is such an important aspect of wine tasting. Our wines are famously aromatic and to take just a few moments to enjoy their aroma will highten the experience. The taste of the wine is of course the highlight, usually the appearance and aroma of the wine will have given us a good idea of how the wine may taste. Finally the feeling of the wine on the palate is again an aspect of wine tasting often neglected but is so very important. The structure of the wine and how the wine is made will determine the mouth feel.

    We believe very strongly that our wines should be enjoyed with food and whilst there isn't any hard and fast rules as to what food types go with which wines, we would suggest that delicate aromatic white wines should be enjoyed with delicate flavoured foods and the heavy powerful reds should be matched with strong flavoured dishes.

    Most importantly we want our wines to mark an occasion. It could be a daily glass with your evening meal or a bottle shared over a romantic dinner or a family feast. We encourage responsible consumption and a good guide here is to choose quality over quantity.

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OUR WINES

THE BARTONDALE
Luxury wines of the highest quality, crafted with the very best fruit from the very best vintages. Wines for the most discerning enthusiast.
vintagebruh
Rare, unique and extremely well crafted wines made with less common varieties. Our interpretation of classic styles from classic regions.
ESTATE RANGE
Premium wines made from the varieties Margaret River is world famous for, with good expression of fruit, subtle complexity and offering great value.
SILVERLEAF
Lifestyle wines, fruit driven, light, fresh and easy drinking. Exceptional value wines made for immediate enjoyment.
MUSEUM WINES + SPECIAL OFFERS + CLEARANCE STOCK
Visit our specials page for our latest release museum wines, special offers and great deals on end of vintage clearance stock.

 

WINE CLUB

Join US and Get 30% Off!

The wine club is specifically for those of you who appreciate our wines and are likely to be purchasing on a semi regular basis. Unlike most wine clubs you get to choose what wines you want. The wines are sent to you three times a year usually March, July and November. As a wine club member you will receive a 30% discount on both our Estate Range and St Johns wines and a set price per case on our Silverleaf wines. The Bartondale wines are rarely discounted but when they are wine club members are the first to benefit. The wine club is called "The Naked Grape" to reflect our organic practices carried out on the vineyard.

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    Our focus is to produce the best prossible crafted wines with as little impact on the environment as possible. As a result we aim to use far less pesticides and preservatives in our grape growing and wine making process than if we followed convetional practises. We use organic spray programmes where possible and use organic fertilisers such as fish products, mulch and manure. We can't leave it to chance, so we do have to intervene, but in doing so we are as close to nature as we feel we can possibly get. It is for this reason we have named our new wine club

    Members Benefits

    30% off normal cellar door prices
    Free delivery within Australia
    No membership fee
    Commit to only 3 cases per year
    Much more......

    As a member you also have access to

    First release of THE BARTONDALE
    Museum Wines
    Experimental and special release wines

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    1. Fill out the membership form online
    2. Use your password (we email this) and log on
    3. Select your wines
    4. Wait for your delivery in March, July & November
    5. Drink and enjoy!

    It's all about YOU

    YOU commit to 3 cases (12 bottles per case) every year
    YOU will receive your wines in March July & November
    YOU allow us to charge your credit card
    YOU can make your own selection online
    YOU can order extra cases whenever you like
    YOU can be assured your details are secure
    YOU can opt out after your first year
    YOU are over the age of 18
    YOU can contact us for more information

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    Click on the above button and complete the form – its easy!     Any questions, contact us on 08 9755 7200 or info@churchview.com.au

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I know when I am getting wines sent?

    We will email you a few days before we send the wine. This will enable you to easily change your selection and update your details.

    What happens if I am too busy to respond to the email?

    If you don’t respond to the email, we will assume you are happy with the selection, and we will send the wines and charge your credit card.

    How will I remember my log in details?

    You can log in by using your email address and password, if you forget your password we can send a new one via email.

    How do the wines get delivered?

    We use Australia Post – it will be delivered either to your door, or they will leave a card.

    Can I pick the wines up instead of having them delivered?

    Of course – all of our wines are stored at the vineyard.

    I will be on holidays – what can I do?

    Just let us know and we can delay the sending of the wine

    How secure is the customer log in?

    The web site and customer database is SSL encrypted. This protects all of your information. We do not share your information with anyone else,

    Do I get discounts on the Bartondale

    This range is not discounted, you will get priority access to these wines before the public

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  • ABOUT

    In pursuit of wine excellence. Churchview Estate is a boutique wine producer in the Northern parts of the famous Margaret River Region.

    Churchview Estate gets its name from the Heritage Listed St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, as seen from the tasting room.

    Churchview Estate is a private 100 ha estate vineyard. Migrants from the Netherlands in 1950s the Fokkema family selected the site in 1998 for its ideal gravelly loams, ample clean water and ideal aspect with north facing slopes.

    Spike Fokkema the founder of Churchview Estate has applied a highly successful philosophy to the production of premium wines. "Quality begins in the vineyard". It is this unwavering commitment to the pursuit of excellence and the rigorous application of his philosophy that underpins the quality and exacting standards demanded by Churchview Estate.

    Churchview Estate achieves its high standard by growing vines that are in balance with nature. By allowing more sunlight into the vine canopy Churchview has been able to dramatically enhance fruit quality, flavour and colour development. This unique application of simple but natural principles allows the production of grapes of the highest possible standard.

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    By providing your contact details you subscribe to receive future special offers, promotions plus information about special events from Churchview Estate, and from our agents, until such time as you request us to stop. Should you wish to opt out at any time simply let us know by phone or email. We will provide you with appropriate contact details everytime we contact you.

    For the best deals provide us with a contact telephone number and we will call you a few times a year. We DO NOT SHARE YOUR INFORMATION with any other party.

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Posted by Churchview Estate on Friday, 20 May 2016

New signs at the entrance to the estate. New signs....same great wines.

Posted by Churchview Estate on Wednesday, 5 October 2016

An essential part of the Spring programme is to spray the developing buds with organic goodness! Finally some great weather allowing John to get the job done.

Posted by Churchview Estate on Monday, 10 October 2016

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