Businessman Peter Fogarty and his family began their venture into wine in 1996 by establishing Millbrook winery and vineyard on the old Chestnut Farm in Jarrahdale. Four years later a leap to the Hunter Valley saw the purchase of the highly prestigious Lakes Folly in Pokolbin, Australia’s first boutique winery created by Dr Max Lake in 1963. Expansion into the Yallingup sub district of Margaret River area came with the acquisition of Deep Woods Estate in 2005. Further expansion occurred in 2010 with the purchase of Smithbrook estate in Pemberton.
The purchase of Evans and Tate from McWilliams in 2017 cemented the Fogarty Group’s presence in the heart of Margaret River. The Redbrook vineyard in Wilyabrup began to be planted in 1975 by John Evans and John Tate, making it one of the oldest pioneering estates in the region.
It therefore comes as no surprise that the group has a very large wine portfolio with many diverse offerings. Quality overall is high and at the top end of the range there are some stunning wines that compete with the best in the world.
Evans & Tate Redbrook Reserve Chardonnay 2014 $65
Hats off here! At five years of age it has very youthful feel, the acidity invigorating all the disparate elements of wild yeasts, barrel fermentation and malolactic inhibition have come together, softened and allowed the crisp stone fruit to come forth. The fruit, above all, shows itself and continues into the long aftertaste The label is festooned with medals and it’s easy to see why.
Evans & Tate Redbrook Estate Chardonnay 2017 $40
A very modern chardonnay with a hint of “struck match” character lending to an attractive merger of stone fruit, florals and a touch of toast. Attractive right now.
Evans & Tate Gnangara Shiraz 2017 $13
Once the flagship of the original Swan Valley property of Evans and Tate this is now a multi-regional blend. Made for current consumption it is an ideal barbeque red. Full of juicy spicy plummy flavours it is a well-made easy drink especially if cooled to around 18 degrees, a must in our summer climate.
Evans & Tate Redbrook Estate Shiraz 2016 $40
As expected, a step up in quality from the Gnangara. Here the depth of Margaret River shines through giving the wine some character and personality. Black fruits and spice are evident in the suppleness on the palate. Lovely now but will keep.
Evans & Tate Redbrook Estate Cabernet Merlot 2016 $40
Attractive aromas of black fruits with a touch of earth, olive and green leaf. Again, the word “supple” comes to the fore, a feature of Wilyabrup Cabernet. Tannins are firm but fine and ensure the wine will keep and improve.