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THE HISTORY OF SMITHBROOK
Planted in the late 1980’s by Bill Pannell and a group of French investors from Burgundy, the Smithbrook vineyard is one of the most mature, established vineyards in the Pemberton Wine Region. Under the guise of a series of different owners, the vineyard was originally used as a fruit source by many of Australia’s leading wine producers, as well as by Smithbrook itself for small quantities of wine under the Smithbrook label.
SMITHBROOK AND PETALUMA
Attracted by Smithbrook’s outstanding natural features, ultra-premium wine producer, Petaluma, became Smithbrook’s major shareholder in 1998. Under the auspices of Petaluma’s Brian Croser, the expectations of large commercial crops with high inputs were replaced with the explicit objective of achieving the vineyard’s full quality potential.
By turning off irrigation, reducing pruning levels and shifting the variety focus, the vineyardhas been allowed to fully express itself in its given environment. With the added influence of Petaluma’s winemaking expertise, the transformation of Smithbrook into one of Western Australia’s premium producers is complete and recognition amongst the international wine world is growing.