Mount Barker, like Frankland River, enjoys a continental climate. However, because it is closer to the Southern Ocean, sea breezes arrive earlier and its daily temperatures do not reach the same heights.
As one of the five sub-regions of the Great Southern, Mount Barker has some of the oldest vines in the district and is considered the birthplace of that vast wine region. Its rippling terrain is prime territory to grow much of Mount Barker’s award-winning wines, including cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. The vines experience warm days and cooling nights due to the climate of the region, and although often low yielding, they produce high-quality grapes. This creates elegant and complex fruit, which shows fine tannins and incredible length. Other key varietals of the area include pinot noir, chardonnay and riesling.
|James Halliday on Mount Barker: Mount Barker is not only the senior subregion of the Great Southern, but was the first to be declared in Australia. If this were not enough, it was also here the first vines in the Great Southern region were planted. It is large-scale, gently undulating, largely open grazing country, with widely scattered vineyards separated by large distances. But there is a feeling of ‘oneness’ akin to that of a micro-terroir of France, a hundredth of the size of Mount Barker.
Wilyabrup is moderated by the winds from the Indian Ocean. This northern sub region of Margaret River has higher average temperatures than the southern end, where the Karridale sub region is moderated by the Southern Ocean and hence cooler. It is one of the best examples of a maritime climate in Australia.