A Wine Fit For a Princess

Fermoy Estate, has a genuine claim to fame (or claim to a Dane) as the only Western Australian wine served at the official wedding reception of Danish Royal Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary in May 2004.

Company Director and General Manager Cameron Rhodes says it was a landmark event in Fermoy's history and came about through renowned chef Luke Mangan's long association with the winery.

"It was before my time and I'm not sure how Luke Mangan first discovered our wines but he had been serving them for many years on his restaurant menus," Cameron said.

"When Princess Mary approached him to prepare the official wedding reception menu he accompanied the food with Australian wines and our Fermoy Estate 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon was the only red and only WA wine served at the function.

"Cabernet is one of the flagship varieties for the Margaret River region so it was an honour to have our wine selected and ultimately recognised for its quality in this way.

It was matched with poached loin of lamb with a mustard crust and Jerusalem artichoke puree."

Cameron said although Fermoy Estate was 25-years-old and one of the oldest wineries in the Margaret River region it had mostly "flown underneath the radar" in terms of recognition in WA and this was a moment in time to help invigorate its profile.

"Lots of wineries can pull out a gold medal, but not many can show you a royal endorsement," Cameron said.

Not that it hasn't had its share of medals – if you view our current wines on our website you will see a list of awards for each wine. Recently the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 won a Blue Gold Top 100 award at the Sydney International Wine Competition. Our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 and Reserve Chardonnay 2012 were each awarded 96 points from James Halliday.