in the heart of Pemberton’s southern forests, Thella Estate was identified
early by Western Australian viticulture pioneers as one of the best patches of
dirt in the state for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Our Pemberton vineyard has supplied some of Western Australia’s finest labels since the early 1990s; and from 2013, produced ‘small batch’ wine as Below & Above, under the direction of renowned WA contract winemaker, Bruce Dukes.
The terroir, built by generations, is steeped in history unique to this isolated pocket of the south west. This is something about which Proprietors John and Evdokia Klepec are particularly passionate: the marriage of old and new worlds.
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& Above Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot is taken from naturally low yield
vines, and uses only the best five per cent of the 34 hectares under vine, creating distinctly ‘small batch’, precious wine.
Nothing is overlooked and no corners cut: it is this style of winemaking that guarantees rarity, quality of origin, outstanding fruit and wine.
While relatively new wine-making country, Pemberton is celebrated for its biodiversity and beauty; its picturesque, rolling hills and well-tended vineyards, bordered by ancient Karri forest. But it is the complex and specific interaction of climactic conditions here that creates distinctly precious produce, off the vine and from the earth: Below and Above.
Today the Estate's new world chapter taps into the region's culinary mystique with a secondary crop of French oak and English Poplar trees that will produce a large, commercial quantity of rare, black truffles (Tuber melanosporum).
Over five years the Klepec’s have led with agriculture that honours the virtues of this wonderfully biodiverse region, and are creating a new era of varietally correct, world-class, fine wine from their Pemberton vineyard. The first releases of 2013 Pinot Noir and 2014.
As part of this campaign, 6.6 hectares were replanted to Gingin Chardonnay; and coveted 114, 115, 777 and G8V3 Pinot clones; along with 1.2 hectares of new, close planted (1 x 1.5 metre) 667 Pinot, and 181 and Q45v14 Merlot clones.
Chardonnay are now available having been held back for optimal drinking.