Pandemonium Estate is a small, boutique Swan Valley producer of table and fortified wine that was established in 2008 by Martin Buck and Loraine Donlevy. The vineyard and cellar door are located on the Great Northern Highway in the heart of the Swan Valley wine region. They currently grow a range of traditional Swan Valley varieties and more recently, Tempranillo. Cellar door is currently open on the week-end and public holidays.
Pandemonium Estate is 11 acres and situated between the Swan River and the Darling Range. The soil is tough lateritic soils with gravelly clay loams over coffee rock. The climate during the growing season is classified as hot and moderated by the cool sea breezes during the summer months which allows lovely fruit flavours to form throughout the warm, balmy evenings. The Swan Valley is considered one of the oldest wine regions in Australia with the valley celebrating 180 years of winemaking in 2014.
Martin and Loraine purchased the property in 2007 and produced their first wine in 2008. The property has well established Shiraz, Grenache and Pedro Ximenez varieties. It was the latter two Spanish varieties that inspired them about the property. They are both very keen on the Sherry’s (particularly Pedro Ximenez) and dry red table wines of Spain and as such the Pandemonium Estate range is a testament to the wines of Spain but utilising the classic varieties of the Swan Valley. Since purchasing the property they have planted Muscat a Petit Grains and Tempranillo.
The red wines are made by Damian Hutton, Chief Winemaker at Millbrook Estate in the Perth Hills and the other wines by Anthony Yurisich, fourth generation winemaker at Olive Farm Winery in the Swan Valley.
The wines produced under the Pandemonium label currently consists of a Moscato (‘The Carmen’), Chenin Blanc (‘The Fruitimer’), Rose (‘The Rosier’), Shiraz Tempranillo (‘The Barbas’), Shiraz Grenache (‘The Beast’) and a Liqueur Grenache NV. There is a Tempranillo and Pedro Ximenez in ‘the wings’