Boutique Wineries in Margaret River are entering their wines into the Boutique Wine Awards in large numbers this year. Frog Choir is the latest to apply to have their wines judged by Huon Hooke’s teams of judges in July. They say that their philosophy is simple however this attention to terroir is not always easily learned.
The winemaking philosophy at Frog Choir is simple – to achieve flavoursome wines that demonstrate a balance between the primary fruit flavours and textures that our unique vineyard produces and the nuances of quality winemaking.
To achieve these goals, however, takes careful attention to detail and close monitoring of what is occurring in the vineyard throughout the year. Each season provides its own unique balance of flavours, and the fruit is monitored constantly during ripening to ensure it is harvested when the varietal fruit flavours and textures are at their very best.
In addition to responsible viticulture practices, we aim to hand pick small parcels of fruit to allow the winemaker to achieve highlights of different micro climates within the vineyard. Each batch is fermented separately which allows us to transfer these exclusive characters to the finished wines. Oak plays an important role in our winemaking philosophy.
We believe that oak should be an accompaniment to wine, not dominate it. To achieve this we have searched for the right Cooper that uses only well seasoned oak of evenly matched grain density in their barrels. This results in an underlying palate structure in the wine that supports and sustains the flavours and textures, rather than over-riding them. More…