In 1996 our 85 hectare Estate was established, with over 15 years of patiently watching our vines mature, I am pleased to offer you a selection of Mount Barker's best wines. Our vines create the quality, our winemaker refines the quality and we all share in the pleasure of patience. Please enjoy.

Paul Hogan, Vigneron

This story begins with the Hogan family, five generations of Western Australians deeply engrained in their home state. After careful selection in 1996, Mount Barker was chosen for its ability to produce wines of finesse and elegance. Our focus is to bring the unique expression of our vineyards to the fore with every bottle of wine coming from our estate.

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Terroir is indeed a composite of many physical and intangible cultural factors. Recently, it has been poetically defined by the French as "somewhere-ness"....

HOW WE DEFINE TERROIR?

Xabregas are true terroirists as our focus goes beyond the concept of new world wines, it doesn’t adhere to the stereotype of the world view of an Australian style, rather Xabregas focuses on bringing the unique expression of our single vineyard estate to fore, with every bottle of wine coming from our estate comprising of 80Ha.

HOW WE SEE MOUNT BARKER AS A REGION?

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Regions evolve as do winemakers, and the Hogan family begin to evolve and shape the future of Xabregas by concentrating on the regions strengths, Shiraz and Riesling. Terry would argue that we need only to concentrate on Shiraz, as it is very clear what wines he favours;

‘I am sure Shiraz is the wine that they serve in heaven, if not then I’m going to need to find alternative lodgings for eternity’
~Terry Hogan

Youngest Son and dominant force in the development of the brand is Paul Hogan, who is ‘mad passionate’ about Riesling, “there is serious discussion between my father and brothers as to what constitutes our best wines, but I know that Riesling has true nobility.”

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The winemaking and vineyard team at Xabregas work side by side. However, it is the belief of Paul Hogan, that the alchemy of winemaking takes a back seat to the grape quality coming from the our vineyards of the Xabregas estate. “It has become a cliché but all great wines come not from a great winemaker, but a great vineyard. The grape quality of our vineyards speak for themselves and it is why we do not source grapes from other peoples vineyards, we simply don’t need too.”

“You cannot make a silk purse from a sow’s ear”
Paul Hogan

Our viticultural team is equipped to tend the vineyard in a clean green sustainable manner and at the same time, focus on producing fruit to specification. Says a team leader, "We grow wine, not grapes. It sounds strange but when you walk into this vineyard, it is all about how the grapes taste not about how the vines look."

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Riesling is the most noble of white wine grapes producing some of the world's most versatile wines. They are versatile because the styles produced range from aperitif to dessert, and everything in between. However when choosing a bottle of Riesling, this diversity can make identifying a particular style difficult.

Xabregas is one of the first Australian members of the International Riesling Foundation (IRF), a discerning group of global Riesling producers that are dedicated to make Riesling more understood. The IRF has recently introduced a sliding scale or 'slider' to help wine aficionados better appreciate the many virtues of Riesling. It involves the interplay of sugar and acidity parameters and how they relate to balance. The four categories selected are Dry, Medium Dry, Medium Sweet and Sweet.

To help you choose one of our Xabregas Rieslings that best suits your palate, the IRF Slider now appears on every Xabregas Riesling bottle.

As Riesling lovers, we at Xabregas wines hope this information will help you discover and appreciate our different styles of Riesling, the foods they compliment and much more.

For further information please visit

INTERNATIONAL RIESLING FOUNDATION

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Paul Hogan 
Principal

P: +61 863891382
M: 0418 900 458
E: paul@xabregas.com.au

Postal Address

PO Box 488

Nedlands WA 6909

Australia

Blair Hill
Marketing

M: +61 417987461

E: marketing@xabregas.com.au

Postal Address

PO Box 488

Nedlands WA 6909

Australia


Markerting Inquiries

marketing@xabregas.com.au

Sales Inquiries

sales@xabregas.com.au

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