After twenty years of applying his expertise to the countless vintages of local producers, Bruce has launched his own range of wines named after the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge which is the dominant land-form of viticultural significance in Margaret River; our viticultural Domaine. Philosophically, Bruce credits his training at the University of Western Australia with grounding him in environmental science and shaping his values and practices as a winemaker. Trained to approach agriculture in an holistic way. It is our responsibility to sustainably conduct agriculture, while respecting the related ecosystems, with the final objective of leaving that land in better health for the next generation. Domaine Naturaliste is the new Margaret River venture of award-winning winemaker Bruce Dukes. Domaine Naturaliste wines are characterised by their softness, perfume and texture. Bruce begins with his agronomist’s passion for soil science and sustainable agricultural and production practices. Then he applies his well-honed intuitive flair to create a midline balance of taste, fragrance and texture. Bruce Dukes’ ability to make great wine is grounded in his agronomy smarts. Add to this his winemaker’s intuition and artistry and you have the formula for exceptional drinking experiences.
Lifted aromatics of cassis, cherry and plum with a touch of aromatic bay leaf. The palate is brimming with plum and sweet red and black currants with complexity of quality oak and hints of earth and anise. The underlying structure and complexity from the Malbec tannins becomes evident in a long, persistent finish.