Terry Hogan OAM

1939 - 2018

One of nature's true gentlemen, the world is a sadder place without him.
First vigneron of Xabregas. His view was that the Mt Barker region was "far too good a dirt to waste on blue gums"

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


Terroir is defined as the coming together of vineyard, climate and soil. Xabregas are true terroirists, as our focus goes beyond the concept of new world wines. Xabregas does not adhere to the stereotype of the world view of an Australian style, rather they focus on bringing the unique expression of the single vineyard estate to fore, and allowing the wine to express itself with minimal intervention in the winery.

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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 MT BARKER'S strengths as a sub-region - 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 madly 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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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."

The wines are made under contract at Plantagenet by Chief Winemaker, Luke Eckersley. After completing a Bachelor of Science in Oenology and Viticulture at Curtin University of Technology he travelled to Europe and the USA to gain some very valuable international wine making experience before returning to Western Australia to pursue his career and passion for winemaking. Luke has worked at Forest Hill and Rockcliffe before being appointed Chief Winemaker at Plantagenet Wines.

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james halliday, wow factor wines, august/september 2019

X by Xabregas, Figtree Riesling 2018
“This is, as the X declares on the back label, off dry, but is a long way short of medium-dry. The residual sugar is low, and the acidity high, giving the wine balance. In 10 years you will be pleased as punch if you hold on to your bottles for the big reveal, it will be nectar of the gods.” 

Xabregas Estate Riesling 2018
“This is very interesting: acidity 7.7g/L, residual sugar 6.2g/L. The residual sugar is swept away by the minerally acidity. The development of wine is hard to guess, but it certainly needs a few years for the contest between the titratable acidity and residual sugar to be decided one way or the other.” 

RAY Jordan, The West ‘Cellar Talk’, March 2019

Xabregas Sauvignon Blanc 2018
“This is basically a drink-now style. Fresh, crunchy and slightly pulpy passionfruit with a citrusy tropical fruit mix. It’s clean and pure with a refreshingly lifted acidity on the finish. It has had a short time on lees in oak and that’s added to the palate texture and complexity.” 

The Wine Front, January 2019

Xabregas Estate Riesling 2018
“Riesling from WA’s Mount Barker region. It’s a dry style of riesling but there’s such a wealth of fruit that it’s almost suggestive of sweetness. It tastes of lemon, grapefruit, lemonade and lime zest and with soft acidity and such flow to the fruit it’s really quite delightful to drink.” Rating: 91 Pts

Huon Hooke, December 2018

Xabregas Estate Riesling 2018
“The bouquet is subtly complex and quite beguiling, with elements of spice to go with the floral notes. It's tight and firm, intense and compact on the tongue, with good concentration, richness and length. And a lovely citrusy finish that invigorates the mouth.” Rating: 93 Pts

The Wine Front – Campbell Mattinson, June 2018

Xabregas Shiraz 2015
“This release has plenty of heft but it’s also true to its more savoury, spice-ridden roots. We are into good territory here. Cloves, black cherries, a whisper of fennel, a gaminess in the background but a succulence too. You’d almost call this jubey. Dry tannin with fruit sloshing through. Excellent to drink. It will cellar but it’s drinking well already.” Rating: 92 Pts

Gourmet Traveller WINE, April/May 2018 

X by Xabregas Figtree Riesling 2017
“The pale colour introduces a fresh herbal aroma with traces of lemonade and passionfruit. It’s rich and full of charm on the palate, just off-dry, which adds to its accessibility when young. A hint of bitterness helps cleanse the finish. It’s just 10.8% alcohol.” Rating: 94 Pts

Xabregas Estate Riesling 2017
“With a pale-yellow hue, it smells of fragrant lime leaves and green herbs. The palate has intense lime-juice flavour with a hint of sweetness that renders it all the more accessible in youth. Just 11.7% alcohol.” Rating: 93 Pts

Huon Hooke, March 2018

Xabregas Estate Riesling 2017
“I like the slight touch of sweetness in this wine, which isn’t obvious but is enough to prevent it being austere. The lifted aroma is very fragrant, hinting at lime leaf and fresh herbs. It’s juicy, intense and concentrated on the palate. A powerful wine with ageing potential.” Rating: 93 Pts

Gourmet Traveller WINE, April/May 2018 

X by Xabregas SR Sparkling Riesling 2014
“Nowhere on the bottle does it say Riesling, but that’s what it is. In Germany they’d call it sekt. Bright mid yellow hue; fresh lemon essence and honey aromas; the palate intense and penetrating with typical Riesling line and cut. Crisp, dry and toasty on the tongue” Rating: 92 Pts

The West Australian, Ray Jordan, January 2018 

X by Xabregas Figtree Riesling 2017 
“Beautiful spicy lemon zest on the nose opens what is a very good young Riesling from Mount Barker. It’s dry, yet there is a suggestion of sweet fruit and fleshy texture. Great mouthfeel, with a long finish.” Rating: 92 Pts

Huon Hooke, July 2017

X by Xabregas Figtree Riesling 2017
“Pale colour, with a fresh herby aroma including lemonade and lemon essence nuances, and a hint of passionfruit, the palate is also rich in these flavours and loaded with charm. It’s slightly off dry, which adds an inviting deliciousness and ready drinkability. Slight bitterness helps cleanse the aftertaste. A superb young Riesling.” Rating: 94 Pts

Xabregas Estate Riesling 2017
“Pale yellow hug and a lifted, fragrant aroma with green herb and lime leaf scents. The palate is juicy and just slightly off-dry. The limey fruit is very intense and concentrated. The wine is a powerful style which also has ageing potential.” Rating: 93 Pts

X by Xabregas SR Sparkling Riesling 2014

“Bright, medium yellow hue, with a honey and lemon essence aroma, which is bright and lifted, intense and piercing. The palate is intense and lean, penetrating and tight, with a crisp, dry, acid finish and aftertaste. It tastes like a Hunter Semillon with bottle-age and bubbles. Not the classic Champagne varieties. The palate is very intense, the acidity refreshing and the wine is all-round thoroughly delicious. The finish is very clean and dry.” Rating: 92 Pts

The Wine Front – Campbell Mattinson, July 2017

X by Xabregas Spencer Syrah 2012
“Both savoury and fruity at once. This is good clobber. Cloves, Italian herbs, black cherries and wood smoke, all delivered on satiny rails. There’s tannin here but it has melted down into the fruit. It tastes ripe but it also tastes savoury/cool.” Rating: 93 Pts



Xabregas X by Xabregas Spencer Syrah 2012
Rating: 95
“The lighter colour is relative - it’s just the depth of the colour of its siblings that triggers the lighter comparison, but it’s a relative indicator of a medium-bodied cool climate shiraz that is instantly appealing. It tiptoes through red, purple and black fruits, a garden of spices and fine-spun, but persistent, tannins.”

Xabregas X by Xabregas Figtree Syrah 2012
Rating: 94
“Dark, deep colour; takes minimalist labeling to the far extreme - black on black, the wine, happily, anything but. The bouquet is very expressive, with a whirl of black fruits, licorice, pepper and spice feeding into tannins and quality oak on the finish.”

Xabregas Mount Barker Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Rating: 92
“Warm, rich style with blackcurrant, chocolate, black olive and gravel-like flavours rumbling through the palate. Peppercorn and game flavours are swept along with the barrage of flavour. Alcohol warmth is an issue but it doesn’t thin the palate in any way; the substance of the wine remains impressive.”

Xabregas Mount Barker Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Rating: 90
“Bright straw-green; has greater depth than many cool stainless steel-fermented sauvignon blancs, and it has a minerally cage holding a tight clasp on ripe tropical fruits.”

Xabregas Mount Barker Shiraz 2014
Rating: 90
“A rambunctious shiraz in ‘more of everything’ mode, black fruits, licorice and tannins, less oak the odd man out. You get your money’s worth if you’re after a full-bodied shiraz that will knock around for a decade or so.”

Xabregas Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
17.5-18 Fine Wine Club Perth
91 Points - Mike Bennie WBM Trade
Silver Medal - Scoop Autumn Tasting

X by Xabregas Spencer Syrah 2010
Gold Medal - Scoop Magazine Winter Tasting
18.5 Oz Wine Review by Andrew Graham

Xabregas Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Gold Medal - Royal Queensland Wine Show

Xabregas Artisan Syrah 2009
96 Points - James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
93 Points by Campbell Mattison, The Wine Front.

X by Xabregas Figtree Riesling 2010
93 points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Gold, Riverside Wine Competition (California)
96 points – Ray Jordan, West Weekend
18.6 points – John Jens, Western Suburbs Weekly

X by Xabregas Spencer Riesling 2010
95 points – Nick Stock, Wine Business Monthly
Gold, Riverside Wine Competition (California)
95 points – Ray Jordan, West Weekend
18.4 points – John Jens, Western Suburbs Weekly

Estate Shiraz 2009
Gold, Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Gold, Qantas Wine Show of WA 2011
18.5 points – Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club
18.5 points – John Jens, Western Suburbs Weekly

Sweet Riesling 2009
94 points – James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011
91 points - WINE 100 - Australia's Leading Independant Wine Guide, August 2011

Show Reserve Dry Riesling 2009
94 points – Ray Jordan, West Weekend
93 points – James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011
93 points - WINE 100 - Australia's Leading Independent Wine Guide, August 2011
Silver, Qantas Wine Show of WA 2009
Gold, Qantas Wine Show of WA 2010

Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 
93 points – James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011

Shiraz 2008
Gold, Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2009
Jimmy Watson trophy Finalist Royal Melbourne 2009
93 points – James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011
Silver, Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2010
90 points - Campbell Mattinson, Big Red Wine Book 2010

Show Reserve Shiraz 2007
Gold, Visy Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2010
94 points – Ray Jordan, West Weekend
Five Stars – Best of the West 2010
Gold, Royal Perth Show 2009
Silver, Royal Sydney Wine Show 2010
Silver, Royal Melbourne 2009
Silver Qantas Wine Show of WA 2009
Silver, Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Austrtalia 2009
Silver, New Zealand Int. Wine Show 2008
4.5 Glasses James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2010

Show Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Gold, Qantas Mt Barker Wine Show of Western Australia 2008
Silver, Sydney Royal Wine Show 2009
Silver, Qantas Wine Show of Western Australia 2009
Five Stars Winestate Special Edition 2008

Show Reserve Chardonnay 2007
Gold, Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2008
Gold, Royal Perth Show 2009
Silver, Qantas Wine Show of WA 2008

Dry Riesling 2007
4 Glasses James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2008

Unwooded Chardonnay 2007
Silver, Royal Perth Wine Show 2007

Shiraz 2007
Gold, Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2008
Jimmy Watson Trophy Finalist Royal Melbourne 2008
Top 50, Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2008
Silver, Perth Royal Wine Show 2008
Silver, Qantas Mt Barker Show of Western Australia 2008

Riesling is the most noble of white wine grapes in the world and responsible for some of the world's most versatile wines. They are versatile because the styles produced range from aperitif to dessert, and everything in between.

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 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, Xabregas hope this information will help you discover and appreciate the different styles of Riesling, the foods they compliment and much more.

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Paul Hogan 

M: 0418 900 458
E: paul@xabregas.com.au

Postal Address

PO Box 488

Nedlands WA 6909


Rachel Hogan
Brand Manager

M: +61 423 123 467
E: rachel@xabregas.com.au

Postal Address

PO Box 488

Nedlands WA 6909


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