Smallwater Estate wines puts Donnybrook wine on global map

Award: John Small with some of his winning wines, which are competing on a national and international level.
Award: John Small with some of his winning wines, which are competing on a national and international level.

SMALLWATER Estate wines have put the Donnybrook and the wider Geographe wine region on the map after outperforming wines from around Australia and the world.

The Newlands-based winery was last week awarded the best shiraz at the Royal Perth Wine Show, where wines from all around Australia compete for the judges' attention.

As well as a gold medal for the shiraz, the winery received silver for its cabernet and bronze for its chardonnay.

But those are not the only feathers in Smallwater's cap.

The winery recently received three lots of gold for the three wines they entered in the China Wine and Spirits Awards, China and Asia's biggest wine show, where it competed against wines from 35 other countries and more than 5000 exhibitors.

There it received double gold medals for its zinfandel 2013 and 2012 cabernet Rob's Block, and gold for its 2012 shiraz.

Smallwater proprietor John Small now has his sights set on exhibiting two wines in Hong Kong in conjunction with the Boutique Wine Awards and Austrade.

He said 10 gold and trophy-winning wineries would be participating at the event.

"In June we sold a bulk lot of wine into China, which was well-received," he said.

"We also received two golds for our wines this year at the Cowra Wine Show, which is one of the biggest regional shows."

He said they were still hoping for some good results at future major wine shows.

"Consistency is everything," Mr Small said.

"Geographe and in particular Donnybrook seems to be producing some excellent fruit and wines.

"Getting these awards will help draw people into the region. It's very pleasing I think the future of our region will be tourism."