Old vines celebrated by creative minds.

The Swan River Colony’s first Surveyor General, John Septimus Roe, showed vision, meticulous planning and creativity galore when he staked out ‘Location L’ on the banks of the Upper Swan in 1829, and set about transforming virgin bush into a vineyard.

In 2008, the Erceg family showed the same qualities when they purchased the 13.2 ha property from the Roe family and set about creating Mandoon Estate. Winemaker Ryan Sudano was charged with releasing the magic within this historic vineyard and old vines, some of which are over 100 years old.

Mandoon Estate vineyard is currently planted with Verdelho, Chenin Blanc, Semillon and Frontignac. The vines are managed to achieve very low cropping levels using vertical shoot positioning, hand cane pruning and minimal irrigation.

For more temperate styles, grapes come from our other historic vineyard, the former Bramley research station in Margaret River. Originally planted in 1976 by the WA Department of Agriculture for viticultural research, Bramley supported the establishment of this world-class wine region.

So what happens when old vines are entrusted to creative minds? It rains gold. After a very successful decade from 2010-2020, leaving Mandoon Estate as the most awarded boutique winery in Western Australia during this time, we have taken the decision to step back from entering wine shows. We are now very comfortable with our place in the wine world and remain committed and focussed on continuing to produce the best wine possible.