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A brief history

Passel Estate is a very small, family-owned vineyard in the heart of Margaret River, renowned for its award-winning single vineyard wines and commitment to sustainable winegrowing and nature conservation. It is a place of Provenance, Discovery and Sanctuary.

The wines are a unique expression of the special place that is Passel Estate, defined by their perfumed fruit character, structure and balance. Passel Estate wines are a rare discovery; volumes made are small, given the quality-driven low yields and single vineyard focus. Passel Estate’s range includes the very limited release Lot 71 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Lot 71 Reserve Syrah, made from select parcels of hand harvested fruit, with extended barrel maturation in the finest French oak.

Approximately 10ha of native bushland on the property is reserved for conservation. With the vineyard so close to native bush, it is necessary to net the vines (after veraison and through to harvest) so as to protect fruit from bird damage, as well as hungry kangaroos. The name Passel Estate pays tribute to a family (or Passel) of endangered Western Ringtail Possums that was relocated to the property’s bushland sanctuary after being badly burned in the 2011 Margaret River bushfires. The owners continue to support and provide sanctuary to rare and threatened native fauna, which (in addition to the Western Ringtail Possum) includes Quendas, Phascogales and White and Red Tailed Black Cockatoos, and visitors can book a guided Nature & Wine Walk through the pristine bushland reserve adjacent to the Tasting Room.

Passel Estate is a certified member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia.
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Passel Estate 655 Ellen Brook Road
Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia


Meet The Team

  • Bruce Dukes

    Highly awarded Winemaker, Bruce Dukes, applies the art and science of winemaking in equal measure when crafting the Passel Estate range. His approach to winemaking has been shaped by an impressive formal education, based in Agricultural Science and Viticulture & Enology, as well as 25+ years of applied industry experience working with iconic producers in Napa Valley and Margaret River. The philosophy behind Passel Estate wines is driven by an uncompromising commitment to quality.

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  • Andy Ferreira

    Experienced Viticulturist, Andy Ferreira, manages the vineyard year-round. A combination of cane pruning and spur pruning is employed. Shoot thinning, leaf removal and bunch thinning are used to ensure even ripening and reduce cropping to optimum quality yields, as well as expose fruit to morning sunlight and encourage air flow. Andy is rigorous in his adoption of sustainable practices throughout the vineyard, from water management through to soil biodiversity and pest management.

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  • Wendy & Barry Stimpson

    Owners Wendy and Barry Stimpson originate from England and South Africa respectively. Over numerous visits to Margaret River they fell in love with the region’s pristine natural environment and its world class wines. They made Margaret River their home in 2005, and in 2011 they found the picturesque vineyard and natural bushland areas that now comprise Passel Estate.

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