Aldersyde Estate

226 Aldersyde Road, Bickley   9293 3309
Overview

Formerly Piesse Brook Wines (established in 1974), Aldersyde Estate is essentially a mother-daughter operation in the Perth Hills, specialising in reds from handpicked, estate-grown fruit.

In Brief
  • Category: Winery
  • W/Region: Perth Hills: Bickley Valley, All Perth Hills
In Detail

Larissa Bray is the family's 3rd generation vigneron and takes care of the vines and winemaking while mother, Di Bray, runs cellar door. Lara's brothers, Peter and Michael, together with our extended family - families Boyanich, Tomanovic and Kovacevic - get roped in to lend a hand at critical times, such as vintage and bottling.

Winery dogs, Oban and Zoe, do their best to create chaos during these critical times.

THE WINES

All the fruit is handpicked and hand sorted before being crushed and fermented. The red grape skins are then pressed in a hydraulic wooden 2 tonne basket press to extract the press wine as gently as possible.  
 
Movement of wine is limited where possible, choosing the gentle motion of gravity rather than pumping when transferring wine to barrel. Increasingly in the cellar we are looking to produce more natural wines, for instance using some foot-treading or hand-plunging (pigéage) with pumpovers during fermentation and indigenous yeasts instead of manufactured yeasts and products. We believe this is part of the excitement of discovering the wine's "voice".
 
"I can say with all honesty (and some pride) that our wines are truly handcrafted. They are not your standard mass-produced wines. Our wines have a voice. They have something to say about where they're from and about what the vintage conditions were like in a particular year."  -- Di Bray
 
We produce 6 wines - Saignée, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Shiraz, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. 
 
These wines are available for tasting by appointment at the winery. Due to the tiny quantities available (approximately 100 dozen per wine style), we do not sell our wines through retail outlets.