The Margaret River region of Western Australia collects most of the kudos for producing fine Western Australian wines. But what about the lesser-known but no less remarkable Great Southern Region?

There is no doubt that Margaret River is a world class wine region but it’s not the only WA wine area of note. When Dr John Gladstone identified Margaret River as a supremely suitable place to grow wine grapes in 1965, he also mentioned Great Southern with equal enthusiasm.

If you’d like a way of comparing the two regions take a look at Howard Park wines. This prestigious winery use predominantly Great Southern fruit in its flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, plus they also produce four single-vineyard wines made using Shiraz and Cabernet Sav from both regions providing an ideal opportunity to compare these two great wine regions.

Look for the Howard Park Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon from Great Southern and compare it with the Leston Cab Sav from Margaret River. A tasting panel from Vintage Cellars rated the 2003 Scotsdale slightly ahead of the 2003 Leston, prefering the Bordeaux-like tendencies of the former.

The same tasting panel also compared the Scotsdale Shiraz and the Leston Shiraz, rating the Margaret River Shiraz slightly ahead of its more southern rival.

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