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SOUTHERN FOREST

The regions of Pemberton and Manjimup have long been well-guarded West Australian secrets. But this is all to forever change with their union as the Southern Forest wine region: a truly enchanted domain of ancient forest, picturesque villages and meandering rivers just east of Margaret River. Fabled for its sparkling wines, organic produce, luscious marron and black diamonds (ie, truffles), Southern Forest is a truly compelling offering: where relaxation and recreation come in equal measure. Perhaps the most exciting region for sparkling wine production in the state, you will also find exquisite pinot noir, lush chardonnay and brooding merlot. Befitting of its mysterious allure, the boutique cellar doors are often by appointment only.  Julian Tompkin

Image of Truffle Hill Wines by Victoria Baker.

TRUFFLE HILL WINES

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(08) 9777 2474
trufflehillwines.com.au

Never did three simple words sound so sweet: Truffle. Hill. And Wines. While punters will need little convincing, this secluded site is an enchanting realm where grace and gastronomy rapturously unite. Many looked on in mild amusement when the operation started in 1997, but Truffle Hill has since emerged as the country’s largest single producer of these black diamonds – accounting for well over 50 per cent of the nation’s annual harvest, prized the world over. The cellar door features a fine selection of wines and premium culinary offerings including fresh truffles and truffle-based products, plus offers in-season truffle hunts in winter. Winemaker Mark Aitken (who also owns and runs nearby Woodgate Wines, another spot well worth a visit) has fashioned an array of bold and complementary wines that sing of the region, including decadently aromatic riesling, chardonnay and pinot noir, which all nod to the region’s cool climate.

TOP DROP: 2018 Truffle Hill Truffle Hunter’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec, A$80

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