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ABOUT US / OUR VINEYARDS

All Great Wine is made in the Vineyard.

We are blessed with rich, ancient, bountiful soils evenly infused with the free draining red ochre gravel that characterises the soils of this great wine growing region. All our vineyards are dry grown. The vines have sent their roots deep into the ground and found the pristine water that lies below.

We planted our first vines in 2002 on a gently sloping block at the back of our property in the Margaret River wine region of Western Australia. We had bought the former cattle grazing property four years earlier but it wasn’t until we started digging beneath the surface that we
realised how amazing the soils were.

Our home vineyard is located in the middle of the Wilyabrup appellation mapped out by Dr John Gladstones in 1967. We first planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz using cuttings descendant from the famous Jack Mann super-clone. Then in 2004 we planted Chardonnay and Semillon and added a Sauvignon Blanc vineyard in 2008. We also established a Chenin Blanc vineyard in the Swan Valley in 2011.

In total we have 9.2 hectares or approximately 23 acres of vines.

HOME VINEYARD - TOM CULLITY DRIVE

Cabernet Sauvignon - 1.6ha - planted 2002
Shiraz - 1.60ha - planted 2002
Chardonnay - 2.13 ha - planted 2004
Semillon - 1.07 ha - planted 2004
Sauvignon Blanc - 1.60 ha - planted 2008

SWAN VALLEY VINEYARD - WEST SWAN RD

Chenin Blanc - 1.20ha - planted 2010.

ABOUT US / OUR REGION

Ancient soils and a pristine maritime environment.

Fresh sea breezes blow in across the Indian Ocean cooling the vines in summer and moderating the chill of winter preventing frosts on even the coldest days.

Many people call Margaret River the Bordeaux of the south because of its similarities to the famous French wine growing region. It’s no coincidence that some of the wines that grow so well in Bordeaux are the stand out varieties in Margaret River - particularly Cabernet Sauvignon. The Margaret River micro-climate is perfect for growing wine grapes. The soils are ancient and untouched. This southernmost corner of the Australian continent has some of the most complex, rich and fertile soils in the world and Margaret River’s close proximity to the coast means that the prevailing winds blow in across the pristine Indian Ocean cooling the vines in summer and modulating the chill of winter preventing frosts on even the coldest days.

The first vines in Margaret River were planted a few kilometres from our vineyard in 1968 by Dr Tom Cullity. He had recognised the suitability of the soils and the micro-climate of Margaret River after the region was surveyed by Western Australian soil scientist Dr John Gladstones some years before. The Wilyabrup sub-region is in the heart of the Margaret River appellation and is home to some of Australia’s finest wineries. Wilyabrup is the Aboriginal name for “place of red ochre”. It was home to the Noongar people for tens of thousands of years. The red ochre gravel is the key to the region’s free-draining loamy soils that make it so perfect for world class viticulture.

ABOUT US / OUR PEOPLE

Founders

Patrick Coward and Martin Black, the founders of Coward & Black Vineyards, met when they were six years old. Their parents had emigrated from Britain during Western Australia’s mining boom in the late sixties. They bought an old cattle grazing property in Margaret River in 1997 and opened The Margaret River Chocolate Company in 1999.

In 2006 they launched their wine label and opened their first cellar door in Margaret River. When it came to name their wine they reverted to the French tradition of naming the vineyard after the owners’ surnames. The logo pays homage to their journey across the seas.

Founders

Patrick Coward and Martin Black, the founders of Coward & Black Vineyards, met when they were six years old. Their parents had emigrated from Britain during Western Australia’s mining boom in the late sixties. They bought an old cattle grazing property in Margaret River in 1997 and opened The Margaret River Chocolate Company in 1999.

In 2006 they launched their wine label and opened their first cellar door in Margaret River. When it came to name their wine they reverted to the French tradition of naming the vineyard after the owners’ surnames. The logo pays homage to their journey across the seas.

Patrick Coward and Martin Black

Winemaker

Clive Otto has been making Coward & Black Vineyards wines for over ten years. Working with state of the art equipment at nearby Fraser Gallop estate, Clive works closely with the owners as the vintage unfolds. A former Australian Wine Maker of the year, Clive is renowned for his meticulous and thorough approach to wine making - so much so that he even specifies the forest that the oak must come from for the barrels.

Clive Otto

General Manager

Daniel Robe oversees both the vintage, the cellar door and online sales. Based in Margaret River he works closely with the vineyard team and winemaker as the vintage unfolds coordinating each variety’s journey from the choice of barrel right through to blending, bottling, and distribution.

Daniel Robe

Vineyard manager

Margaret River

Kim Rose has been managing our vines for almost ten years. He is passionate about growing the very best ultra-premium fruit and has meticulously nurtured our vineyards to be the best they’ve ever been. Kim heads up a team of three full time staff who oversee the vines, the gardens, olive groves and the organic vegetable gardens at our Margaret River cellar door and tasting centre.

Kim Rose

Consultant Viticulturalist

John Standish has been our viticulturist since 2008. He is well known as one of the Margaret River region’s most accomplished and knowledgable viticulturists. John established our vineyard in The Swan Valley and has been working meticulously with the vineyard team bringing the very best modern viticultural practices to our vineyards.

John Standish

Winemaker

With double degrees in winemaking, viticulture and agribusiness Fraser Gallop Estate’s winemaker Ellin Tritt works closely with Clive Otto to oversee our wine production each vintage. Ellin shares our view that great wine is made in the vineyard and works closely with our vineyard manager as the vintage evolves, forensically monitoring the developing ripeness, acidity and physiological flavour of the fruit as we approach each harvest to ensure that we hand pick the fruit on the day that it's at its absolute peak.

Ellin Tritt
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Our single vineyard wines use hand-picked estate grown fruit.

We believe that great wine comes from great fruit and we put our focus on nurturing the vineyard and our faith in the soil and the seasons. Our wines have won trophies and medals in competitions all over Australia and the world including: The Decanter World Wine awards in London, The Sydney International Wine Competition, The James Halliday Australian Chardonnay and Cabernet Challenges, The Perth Royal Wine Show, The Royal Queensland Wine Show, The Royal Melbourne Wine Show, The Wine Awards of Western Australia, The Margaret River

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Current releases: White wine


  • 2015 Chardonnay

    Pale straw colour with green hues, white peach, nashi pear and some grapefruit on the nose with hints of toast and brioche notes. Crisp acidity with a refreshing grapefruit like drive on the palate, minerally and not too oaky, well balanced.
     
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  • 2018 Sweetness & Light

    The perfect sweet wine. Low in alcohol of 8.9%, palate is rich and candied with round generous flavours of ripe peach and tropical fruits. Made from our Chenin grapes at our Swan Valley vineyard.
     
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  • 2011 Impresario

    A fine example of bottle fermented sparkling wine made in the traditional method using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir fruit. Golden in colour due to the influence of the Pinot Noir. This is a crisp dry sparkling with sweet aromatics and a flavour-packed mid palate.
     
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  • 2016 Chardonnay

    A lovely straw green colour in the glass, honeysuckle and jasmine and hints of oatmeal from the fine oak on the nose. Lovely richness on the palate with some grapefruit and nectarine flavours and clever balance of acidity and a touch of phenolics to extend the length on the palate.

    Wild Ferment: We don’t add any cultured yeast!

    The fruit is hand picked, whole bunch pressed, allowed to settle over night before being transferred to barrel, fermentation started spontaneously about 3 days later, the wine was monitored throughout fermentation, and once complete the barrels where sulphured and topped and left to mature for 9 months before blending, filtration and bottling. All french barrique barrels, 20% new oak.

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  • 2017 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

     

    Aromas of Guava, Green Pineapple, Ripe Limes and Passionfruit. Fresh zippy acidity and nice lime and guava flavours on the palate. Good length to finish. Refreshing to drink.

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Current releases: Red wine


  • 2019 Lady Margo Rosé

    After the spectacular worldwide success of the 2018 Lady Margo Rosé we have sold every bottle and we are now taking orders for its successor, the soon to be released 2019 Lady margo Rosé which we think is even better.

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  • 2017 Show Shiraz

    Red fruits and white pepper with a tug of nougat.

    Medium bodied with cherry and plums on the palate, some clove spice on the finish.

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  • 2017 The Black Prince Cabernet Sauvignon

    It takes a little while to open up, (decanting).  Quite herbal reflecting the late cool season of 2017.  Aromas of plums, dusty dried bay leaf and some dried sage.  Also hints of lanolin.  Herbal tension on the palate.  Graphite and earth.  Medium bodied palate and quite easy to drink.

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  • 2016 The Black Prince Cabernet Sauvignon

    A lovely crimson red hue on this medium-bodied Cabernet. Dusty mulberries, blackberries and hint of fresh tobacco on the nose. Flavours of red currants and damson plums, a nice freshness on the palate with soft silky tannins and lovely length to finish. Not bold or brash but has a touch of finesse with its understated elegance.


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Current releases: Chocolate Liqueur


  • Sambarino Classic Chocolate

    This one brings out the chocolate lover in every adult. Tastes perfect on it’s own or with warm milk as a delicious night cap.
     
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  • Sambarino Hazelnut Mousse

    This nutty twist on chocolate is perfect added to hot chocolate or drizzled over homemade cakes.
     
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  • Sambarino Espresso Macchiato

    With dark chocolate and coffee who can go wrong? Fulfill all your cravings in one go with this perfectly married indulgence.
     
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  • Sambarino After Dinner Mint

    This is the perfect way to end an evening. Reminiscent of the after dinner mints of our childhood. Enjoy straight over ice, or poured over ice cream.
     
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Join us for a complimentary tasting of our range of wines at one of our two cellar doors.

We believe that great wine comes from great fruit and we put our focus on nurturing the vineyard and our faith in the soil and the seasons. Our wines have won trophies and medals in competitions all over Australia and the world including: The Decanter World Wine awards in London, The Sydney International Wine Competition, The James Halliday Australian Chardonnay and Cabernet Challenges, The Perth Royal Wine Show, The Royal Queensland Wine Show, The Royal Melbourne Wine Show, The Wine Awards of Western Australia, The Margaret River Wi Awards and the Boutique Wines of Australia Awards.

MARGARET RIVER

Our Margaret River cellar door is located on Tom Cullity Drive in the heart of the Wilyabrup sub-region only a few hundred metres from the famous Margaret River Chocolate Company.

Coward and Black Vineyards - Margaret River 448 Tom Cullity Drive Wilyabrup Western Australia 6280

Telephone 08 9755 6355
Facsimile 08 9755 6456
Email mriver@cowardandblack.com.au

Open 9am to 5pm 7 days a week.

Open 10 to 5pm New Years Day. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

SWAN VALLEY

Our Swan Valley cellar door is only a 25 minute drive from the Perth CBD on the scenic Swan valley food food and wine trail.

Coward & Black Vineyards - Swan Valley 5123 West Swan Road West Swan. Western Australia 6011

Telephone 08 6274 4040
Facsimile 08 9250 1277
Email swan@cowardandblack.com.au

Open 9.00am to 5.00pm 7 days a week (closed Christmas Day, and New years Day)

The Coward & Black Wine Club

The best way to keep up to date with new releases, amazing specials, unique wine events and special tastings and dinners is to join our wine club. Membership is free and open to anyone. There are two types of membership;

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Purchase 1 Case Per Year

Members who purchase at least one case of Coward & Black Wines each year become eligible for membership of the Coward & Black Vineyards Founders' Club to receive a whole host of benefits each year including:

  • 10% discount on all case purchases
  • Free delivery to all major capital cities in Australia
  • VIP invitations and priority access to all Coward & Black Vineyards’ events
  • A special Birthday Gift each year
  • Access to collectable releases of specially curated museum wines
  • Exclusive Founders’ Club private tasting events
  • First access to all new release and Museum wines