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Faber Vineyard

Various – Western Australia
Winemaker: John Griffith

Faber is the Latin word for craft. We chose the name Faber because we believe winemaking is a craft, a skill learnt but never perfected. Our property in Baskerville, in the Swan Valley, is 40 km north east of Perth at the base of the Darling Ranges.

Our vineyard grows on the perfect Western Australian “coffee rock” soil – shallow, low in fertility, with excellent water holding capacity. This along with dry hot summers has allowed us to grow low vigour vines and produce crops of ripe, highly flavoured grapes with little or no irrigation. The Swan Valley delivers wonderful ripe fruit, warm and concentrated flavours and soft tannins.

After much soul searching as to whether “working for the man” was really where we wished to be, we took the plunge and purchased our property in 1997 to establish our own vineyard, and winery. We planted our first vines is spring 1998 and made our first wine, a Shiraz in 2000.

John Griffith, former winemaker for Houghton, has achieved outstanding results for Faber Vineyard – recognised as one of Australia’s ten best new wineries in 2003 and one of ten “dark horses that have excelled themselves” in 2005 by James Halliday and a 5 star rating and another one of ten “dark horses” accolade in the 2006 Wine Companion.

Chenin Blanc

Faber Vineyard Reserve Shiraz 2017

Beautiful wax on the capsule.

Such great texture. A superb effort to find much thickness and evenness. Opulent, mouth filling, palate staining red of come hither sweetness met by a cool undertow of acidity and well-judged woody spice. Cinnamon and clove sprinkled on ripe plum, currants, figs and somewhere in there liquorice and fennel like.

Score: 95 points TWF – 22/09/2020
Drink: 2020 -2035

Faber Vineyard Verdelho 2020

Faber does a very good job with Verdelho, if not sets a benchmark. Ludicrous value.

The Tahbilk Marsanne of the West, but for me more interesting.

Here’s a cracking white. Has quite incredible concentration but good chalky pucker through it’s length to combat the fruit roll. Loads of perfume, dense flavours but brightness, tropical fruits, some talc and minerally notes. Just a faint savouriness too. Super wine here – so much character and lots to sink into.

Bet it ages a treat too. Score: 94+ points TWF – 27/04/2020

Riche Shiraz




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