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The Old Kent River Vineyard is located on the southern boundary of the Frankland River wine region in Western Australia. This remote vineyard is situated between the banks of the Frankland and Kent River’s. The brand name deriving from the closest, Kent River, which was named in 1829. 

First plantings of Pinot Noir were established in 1985 with further plantings each subsequent year for the next 10 years. Now, the vineyard contains 10 acres of Pinot Noir, 10 acres of Chardonnay, 10 acres of Shiraz and 4 acres of Sauvignon Blanc.

Before the launch of the Old Kent River brand in 1991, the fruit was sold on contract to several buyers, one being Domaine Chandon, who was prepared to ship the extraordinary fruit all the way from Frankland River to their winery in Victoria.

Being on the southern boundary of the Frankland River region it benefits from the cooling influence of the Southern Ocean’s sea breezes which make their way up the river valleys. Temperatures during the crucial growing period are the coolest in Frankland River and only slightly greater than those seen in Burgundy. 

Vines are opened up to the sunlight using VSP Trellising and appropriate shoot placement.  They are shoot and fruit thinned during the growing season to achieve the desired low fruiting levels.

Soils comprise light to medium silty loams over porous clay mixed with granite outcrops. The excellent draining qualities of these soils, together with the cool climate of the region, are particularly well suited to the four varieties planted. They include: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.

Keeping the focus on wine styles that suit our unique terroir have rapidly established the name of Old Kent River as a serious, single vineyard, cool-climate wine producer.