Wines Named After Well-Known Locals

Decision has been taken to name new wine releases after two of the South West Western Australia’s most well-known locals, John Garrett Bussell and Grace Bussell. The wines will carry the Bussell of Margaret River label.

The news article “Here’s drinking to the Bussell family” has full details on this story. It quotes Natalie Schaefer, marketing manager at Vignerons of the World, as saying, “The concept was based on the great stories surrounding many different Bussells within Margaret River. We don’t have family members involved with the concept, but rather have looked at famous landmarks, characters and families within the region.”

Natalie, who spent two years in the region in 2005-06, further noted, “The Bussell name is famously entrenched in Margaret River history, and is recognised by the township of Busselton, one of Western Australia’s premier seaside towns. It is fitting that two premium wines should be named after members of this famous pioneering family.”

The wine named after John Garrett Bussell is called “JG” and is a Margaret River cabernet merlot 2011, whereas the other is called “Grace” after Grace Bussell and is a Bussell of Margaret River sauvignon blanc Semillon 2012.

“The heroic Grace Bussell was involved in the rescue of people on board the sinking SS Georgette. This classic Margaret River blend comes from the locally-renowned Wilyabrup region. It is an excellent example of the style to launch our new label,” said Natalie.

The wine was described by Winemaker Mattew Pellew as “a classic example of why Margaret River has made this blend their own and why these wines have skyrocketed in popularity in recent times.”

“Picking occurred in the cool of the night to preserve the delicate characters of both grape varieties,” he added.

“A portion of the semillon was fermented in French oak with additional components of the blend fermented at cool temperatures and left on lees in the tank to increase texture and length.

“John Garrett (JG) Bussell explored the South West of Western Australia and became one of the most successful and prosperous farmers of the region. Like its sister wine, the cabernet merlot was sourced from the highly-prized Wilyabrup subregion of Margaret River,” Mathew said.

He noted that it was a privilege to launch two classic Margaret River blends from the famous Wilyabrup subregion and honour local icons, Grace Bussell and John Garrett Bussell.

Both wines are available at Busselton’s liquorbarons for $19.99 per bottle or $36 for two.

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

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