State: Western Australia
Latitude: 35 ° 0 S
Rain in growing season: 360 mm
Mid January temperature: 20.2 ° C
Harvest time: Mid March to late April
Wine varieties white: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc & Riesling
Wine varieties red: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot
The most northerly, inland subregion of Great Southern, Mediterranean when it comes to rainfall in winter and spring, as well as continental, benefiting (in particular) Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. A unique feature is the sea breeze making its way inland in the late afternoon, bringing the temperature down by 2ºC. The total rainfall decreases from west to east, because of the salinity in both the soil and the surface water makes irrigation very difficult. The answer to these difficulties is a complex and extensive system with very long channels and discharge, with long-range dams and pumps.
Soil & Topography
The Frankland River topography is characterized by its general openness with gentle hilly landscape as a catchment area for the Frankland, Gordon, Kent and Toon rivers. The soils are mainly derived from granite, usually with a rich red color with equal depth.