Contributor Naomi, recently visited the Moombaki cellar door in Denmark in WA’s Great Southern wine region, find out how her visit to the cellar door went…
Welcome to the Moombaki cellar door.
Make the short detour off the highway to find this hidden gem off the main Scotsdale wine road. Turn onto the driveway, and watch as the Eculyptus tower over you, guiding you to exactly where you need to be.
Your arrival point. A quaint cellar door nestled in the valley overlooking wetlands and the vineyard.
What an absolute treat!
A Little About The Estate And Its Owners
Firstly, you may be wondering about the origins of the name of the winery – Moombaki.
It is a local Aboriginal word meaning “where the river meets the sky”.
This is quite apt of the property with rolling hills and the vines planted overlooking the Kent River.
Moombaki is a small, family-run winery, established in 1997 by David Britten and Melissa Boughey who packed up their bags from the big smoke and headed south to start their dream of owning a farm, raising their family and producing some stellar wines.
The Cellar Door Experience
On the first appearance, I absolutely loved the cellar door. I parked up and made sure to have a good look around. Once I got inside and talking with David (the owner), I found out that the building had been hand-crafted by the family.
It reminded me of a treehouse with its use of natural materials and how it was hidden amongst the trees.
When I first arrived, I did feel like there was no one around, so I would strongly suggest if you’re visiting to give them a call ahead of time so they know that you will be on your way.
It wasn’t long until David was at the cellar door and inviting me in.
Inside you will find a collection of cellar door art, pieces of woodwork and sculptures.
The artwork is on display from Denmark locals and can make for a lovely memento of your trip down south.
But What About The Wine?
Turns out David is quite the busy man and it was no different on the day that I dropped by.
David wears many hats including chief viticulturist, help musterer, wayward philosopher and the on-premise manager.
I tasted four of their wines
- 2017 Shiraz
- 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec blend
- 2018 Classic White
- 2017 Chardonnay
I ended up walking away with a bottle of the Shiraz but could have quite easily have bought a bottle of the Chardonnay as well.