Mount Barker, WA
Galafrey Wines was established in 1977 by Ian Tryer and his wife Linda. A business based on family values the art of winemaking was passed down to his only daughter Kim, ironically born a year after the winery was born. Unfortunately Ian passed away in 2003 when Kim was 25 years old. An only child, Kim stepped into her father’s role as CEO & Winemaker. After a steep learning curve, and obvious hurdles, Galafrey continues to be a strong and well respected brand in the wine industry. Driven by pride and family history Kim market’s her wine through story and empowerment of place. Among many recent awards both domestically and Internationally Kim was a finalist in the Australian Women In Wine Awards in 2016. With strong leadership skills she is President of the Mt Barker Wine Producers, sits on the board of the Great Southern Wine Producers and has been newly appointed to the Wine Industry APC Committee of WA. In event management she is Chair of the Grapes and Gallops Festival which attracts 2000+ people to Mt Barker.
All Galafrey’s wines are dry grown and as Kim explains ‘Our old vines are not irrigated; something quite unusual in these days of mass commercial production. We prefer low-yielding wine crops with small berries. Although it limits our volume, having smaller fruit fosters an intensity of the flavour, with most of the colour and tannin of the grape being concentrated in or near the skin.’
It may also surprise some that coming from WA Mt Barker is classed as a cool climate region. Mt Barker is in the Great Southern Region and enjoys the cooling southern ocean breezes that allows fruit to be left on the vine a little therefore enhancing fruit flavour and character.
Galafrey by Kim Tyrer
2011 Dry Grown Merlot
Mount Barker, Western Australia
Alcohol 14% a/v, Acidity 6.72 g/l, pH 3.39
A dry spring was followed by a relatively dry and hot early summer. Significant precipitation in January easing heat/water stress. A warm dry weather returned in February and continued until harvest. These ideal autumn conditions and cool nights allowed late ripening Merlot to excel. The wines are richly concentrated with abundant ripe tannins.
Fruit sourced from our 33 year old 12 hectare Dry Grown Vineyard. Our old vines are not irrigated; something quite unusual in these days of mass commercial production. We prefer low-yielding wine crops with small berries. Although it limits our volume, having smaller fruit fosters an intensity of the flavour, with most of the colour and tannin of the grape being concentrated in or near the skin. The characteristically cool climate of the district ensures slow ripening of the grapes, which also allows for the development of rich flavour and quality grape juice. Grown on ancient gravely loams in Mount Barker, in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, an area renowned for excellence in cool climate viticulture. Our old vines are all cane pruned and yield 2 tonne per hectare with small bunch weights which add intensity of character and flavour. Galafrey harvest their grapes from mid March to late April depending on the season.
The dry, cool to mild climate of the Great Southern region will produce classic Merlot , wines with great depth of flavour and structure. We endeavour through meticulous viticulture and wine production sympathetic to the vintage conditions to produce a Merlot that will express varietal characters in tune with its sense of place. Winemaking is geared toward producing a wine that is harmonious, interesting, well structured and most importantly drinkable, with a minimum of two years in quality French oak.
Colour: Deep dense colour of dark plum.
Aroma: Plums, mulberries, spice, blackcurrant, leather.
Palate: Tight and tannic wine with nicely focused varietal fruit well integrated with chocolaty oak.
Good backbone of fine tannins. Has cellaring potential. Beautiful sweet red berry and slightly perfumed aromas. The palate is supple and succulent with quite delicious sweet fruit. Fine grained tannins and attractive integrated oak.