A curiosity that brings many visitors to us is the adobe brick used in the walls of all the buildings that went up in 1978. The bricks were made from the earth on hand, simply mixed with water, slopped into a hand mould or extruded from a pug mill. In 2014 we can say that our mud brick has stood the test of time.
Welcome to the flavour frontier
At Happs we grow thirty grape varieties and produce an abundance of wine styles. All these wines are available to taste every day.
The wine styles include.
The i (Indigenous) range
Emphasizing unadulterated native fruit flavour with little or no oak influence.
Fuchsia and the Sweets
Wines that are category building in the sense that most people come to wine via sweet wines that provide the gob smacking appeal of fermenting grape juice.
The PF (Preservative Free) range
These wines take advantage of ultra-clean fruit hand harvested and chilled prior to vinification in order to avoid the use of antibacterial chemicals under the headline ‘sulphites’. PF wines are natural wines in the best sense of the word, produced with a level of care and attention to detail that is beyond the attention span of most commercial wineries. Would you let your average bloke take over your kitchen? No, then what about the winery? It takes some special skills to produce wine without the aid of sulphur dioxide.
The dry table wines
Mostly wines drawn from our Three Hills Estate (est. 1994) but also our Dunsborough Estate (Est 1978) at everyday drinking prices for those who must have wines with softness, flavour, richness and a thoroughly palatable aftertaste.
The Three Hills range
Wines that extend the frontier in terms of flavour and finish. Margaret River is the region best represented on Australia’s restaurant wine lists. Three Hills wines represent the state of the art. You pay for what you get, but in moderation, Happs style.
We urge you to visit our cellar door and taste the difference.
Happs and Three Hills Wines are produced and sold under Producer’s Licence, 6180037036, where the licensee Happs Pty Ltd is located at 575 Commonage Road, Dunsborough, WA 6281, telephone 08 9755 3300.
It is an offence to sell or supply liquor to a person under 18 years of age or for a person under 18 years of age to attempt to purchase from a licensed premises.
Our VP (very particular) semillon is deliberately soft in acidity and is free of the grassy, green pepper, capsicum elements that one sees in many Margaret River semillon and sauvignon blancs. This allows you to enjoy its abundant mid and late palate flavour that is aromatically linked to fig, lime and grapefruit. There is a savoury twist of skin tannins on the late palate that yields a pleasant bitterness and keeps you coming back for more. Give the wine two or three nights, keeping the bottle in the fridge overnight and watch it develop. This wine will live for many years. It is full of flavour (gutsy) and can partner anything that you happen to have on the menu.
Our Semillon grows in our Three Hills vineyard at Karridale under dryland conditions on a wide trellis that results in golden rather than green (chlorophyll rich) fruit and riper flavour. The fruit is necessarily hand-picked. Its flavours are very much a consequence of where and how it is grown.
Has rich, sweet fruit and incredible density; with flavours of plum, black jubes, ribena and choc mint. It is a tight elegant wine with a fine chalky tannin structure yet is still juicy and fleshy with long flavour and a raspberry aftertaste. A personal favourite that makes me wonder why there is not more Malbec made?
- Lynharvey (Tuesday, 08 January 2013) During a recent cycling tour, we stopped for a tasting and had the most amazing wine tasting experience. Aside from such a vast selection of beautiful wines, the service was impeccable. We learned more about how to tell if a wine was corked and the areas of the palette you should be able to taste the different varieties in the hour we were there then in the 20 odd years of winery tours and tastings combined. The Malbec was truly a delight, rich, full flavoured and so smooth. I had previously only had Malbec in a red blend so was pleasantly surprised. Lucky for us they ship Australia wide, because the pannier bags weren't going to carry nearly enough bottles.
- acutlc (Wednesday, 04 April 2012) Just arrived in Margaret River from Sydney for a short break, wanted a local red for our first night here, I chose Three Hills Malbec and it was so smooth and full of wonderful flavors, what a great introduction to Margaret River. Am a long time fan of Happs PF Red which sells out so fast at our local bottle shop, it's great to find another quality red that I am not allergic to, thanks Happs.
- kvanniel (Saturday, 14 January 2012) I absolutely love this wine! Malbec is my favourite variety and it’s often hard to find it; the three hills Malbec is stunning, beautiful red berry and plum flavours. Well done again Happs!!
says: The palate is medium to full-bodied with intense berry, black jubes and boiled lolly flavours with some cherry and spice high notes. The tannins are soft and long with warming alcohol on the finish................. Erl Happ
says: Personally, grenache is one of my favourite lunchtime/picnic/barbecue drinks. At 15.5% there is almost a glass and a half in every glassful. But the flavour is there so the alcohol is well concealed. Grenache like Pinot Noir offers a silky mouth-feel that is highly engaging.
- Allan82 (Monday, 21 February 2011) Like liquid gold on your palet, This wine is unbelievably good. Look forward to purchasing a few bottles of this every time I drive down south.
An attractive aroma of black olive, licorice, black jube, sour cherry and forest floor with a note of eucalyptus and dried herb. A medium weight wine with intense sweet fruit displaying flavours of sour cherry, red fruit and black olive with notes of game and earth. The palate is defined by powerful mouth coating tannins that are fine and slightly chalky with great flavour persistence. This wine is distinctly savoury and a perfect match for Mediterranean food.
- kimbo82 (Monday, 10 October 2011) Medium weight wine with sweet fruity flavours. Tried this red for the first time on the weekend, one of the best reds in the Margaret River wine region! Talk of the town and lives up to every word! You wont be disappointed, outstanding.. love it!
This is a wine with an impressive structure and depth of flavour. The wine displays aromas of ripe red berries, violets and a slight forest floor note. The flavours are concentrated, ripe and dominated by sweet berry fruit characters that soak up plenty of top quality French oak. The fine slightly chalky tannins give the wine texture and structure, yet they finish fine and long.
- ellimo2793 (Tuesday, 07 February 2012) Last night my wife and I enjoyed a bottle of 2001 Cabernet Franc we purchased from the cellar door in 2006. It has been cellared in our wine fridge since that time and we were very excited to be able to enjoy such a distinctive wine. The colour was still vibrant purple, very clear with a small tinge of brick red. There was a hint of vanilla on the palate and the nose was still very robust. All in all the wine has held up well, with plenty of fruit still present. Most enjoyable and we look forward to buying more of this wine soon. I don't know if we will be able to wait as long to drink it though !!
Ripe strawberry, cherry, cocoa, truffle and rhubarb aromas with hints of herb and cedar. A medium-bodied wine with maraschino cherry, plum skin, dark chocolate and stewed rhubarb flavours. The tannins are soft and the finish persistent and juicy
- LinPet (Thursday, 05 December 2013) I am very sensitive to preservatives in wine, and usually prefer the Cabernet Sauvignon varieties. At the bottle shop there were none available, so I took a chance on the Happs 'Red' and crossed my fingers that it would be drinkable, as I have had to use other brands for cooking before..... Well, it is more than drinkable, it would have to be the best preservative free wine I have ever tasted. Not too heavy, not too light, delicious flavour,leaves you wanting more... quite dangerous! Thank you Happs.
- andrew35 (Monday, 16 September 2013) After some time looking for a nice preservative free wine, finally...i found a great product that is well worth recommending! Thank you to Happs team.
- Guysaayman (Monday, 29 July 2013) I am the happiest person alive....I love the Happs range but owing to illness and allergies preservatives cause issues. Discovering the PF Red has opened Red wine up again and it tastes great.
- Diane Rahimbhai (16th July 2014) I always buy the Preservative Free red Wine and I cannot fault it but say thank god it's made in WA and in Margaret River as I
bought a case whilst there and buy it regularly from some of the
liquor stores in Perth. It is a very good wine and even gave my friends and they say it stops them getting headaches. Best for the palette !! Keep up the good work!
- Christopher Hook (7th September 2014) I purchased a bottle of Happs Red pf and found it to be very good. I have been searching for a long time for a preservative
and sulphur dioxide free red wine that tasted good. Happs pf red is very good as I have no allergic reactions as I normally would on standard reds containing sulphurs and preservatives. I highly recommend this wine.
Buttery cashew characters combine with ripe stone fruit and a creamy palate to yield a wine of considerable individuality. Thankfully the wine shows no obvious oxidative characters, testament to the level of care in the winery. The palate is full flavoured and long with a finish that exhibits brioche and lemon butter characters.
- Thanks for making this great wine, I know it's not easy. No headache, skin allergy or hangover. Please keep up the great work. Regards Jana September 2014
- Julie (Wednesday, 11 December 2013) I have been drinking Happs PF White for almost two years and stuggle to find a bottle shop in Brisbane that sell it. I did find two stores selling Happs but unfortunately one has now cancelled it from their order. To my delight, from my last trip to Perth I visited Margaret River and noticed on the map 'Happs Vineyard' not far from us, not believing this was the vineyard that produced the Happs wine I drink and travel to many bottle shops in Brisbane in search of, I had to pay a visit and IT WAS. I was so excited, jumping with joy like a child on Christmas day. I didn't hesitate to ship a carton home to Qld and now I'm on-line ordering. Thank you HAPPS for a most enjoyable wine and making it easy to purchase.
- Mairi (Tuesday, 11 June 2013) I just received my first order of Happs PF white, and absolutely love it! After just discovering my allergies to sulphites, I can't thank you enough for producing this wonderful wine and I can enjoy it while still breathing. Thank you again
- annie4 (Sunday, 01 April 2012) Thank goodness I have found you - in my maturing aged years some things in my body have started to retire much too early and drinking my favourite wines looked like becoming a distant memory. A sip and maybe one other, the ticking of my heart became the only noise I could hear - I was doomed to drinking water........but then I decided to try something different and have never looked back - I was amazed to find you and am in heaven again with that beautiful oak flavour that I love - it really is exceptional. One sip of this crisp, fruity, oaky refreshing liquid is enough to relax into the night after a gruelling day. Thank you Earl and Ros for your craftmanship and the wisdom to make you available to me - PF white. Coral
says: Intense sour cherry, dark fruits, black olive, bitter chocolate and green plum skin with typical fine dry Nebbiolo tannin. The palate is long and savoury with a black cherry aftertaste and noticeable tannin grip. A great compliment to Mediterranean food...........Erl Happ
says: This is the grape of Piedmont that gives rise to the wines that only seriously wealthy Italians can afford to buy. When in northern Italy you must visit the village of Barolo for one of the most engaging wine experiences available anywhere in the world. The most obvious point of difference with Nebbiolo is its tannins that can be a bit bracing in the first year after vintage. But, I have never seen a Nebbiolo that has too much tannin at two years of age. Acid yes, but not tannin. In this case the savoury fruit component is the balancing factor. Many years ago I heard Bob Cartwright say that most red wines benefit from a touch of tannin. Nebbiolo is perhaps the exception.
1. Lauren Hagan (17th July 2014) We bought a 2005 Nebbiolo from the cellar, door, just cracked it last night for a 30th wedding anniversary and it was truly worth the wait. Really unique flavour, Brilliant wine, can't wait to come back again.
says: A full bodied red wine with powerful chewy tannin structure. The palate has an abundance of red and dark berry fruit flavours with hints of cherry cola, liquorice and green plums. The wine has great length of flavour and finishes with sour cherries and chewy tannin...........Erl Happ
says: Marks description sounds like medicine. But this is medicine for your soul. If you thought Cabernet Sauvignon the greatest of red grapes think again. Petit Verdot has an enormous reputation in Bordeaux, where they describe it as SUPER Cabernet Sauvignon, but it rarely ripens there, and only in the warmest locations closest to the Atlantic. At Three Hills its the last grape to be picked, but its always ripe. It's the Bordeaux variety that escaped the Cabernet Franc parentage and genes, unlike Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot , Malbec and Cabernet Franc. This is a seriously engaging wine, eminently suitable for wooing.
- TanCH (Wednesday, 05 June 2013) Tried this wine first time at Must in MR and loved it so much went back to Happs Winery to buy more! Beautiful range of aromas and flavours with finely tannins that are surprisingly fine and integrated.
- Tomraven (Friday, 10 May 2013) We recently opened a bottle of Petit Verdot and a GSM. All I can say is they were both fantastic. Full bodied and smooth. I just wanted more.
says: Medium to full bodied with rich red fruits, cherry cola and forest floor flavours combining with hints of black olive and fresh herb. The palate is soft with fine grain tannin, a long slightly chalky finish and an intense cherry after-taste.............Erl Happ
says: Don't base your expectations on what you might expect to see in South Australia. This is Margaret River and the coolest end at that. The fruit is picked at the end of April and in a cool season into May. So, its elegant, silky, engrossing rather than a head banger from the Barossa. Next release due mid to late 2015. That will be the Halliday 97 pointed 2012 vintage.
This is a medium to full bodied wine with great fruit depth. The wine displays an abundance of dark fruit, bitter chocolate and black jubes characters with hints of earth, game and mint. The tannins are noticeable yet soft and fine and the palate length impressive.
This 2009 vintage Merlot is currently a favourite to enjoy with an evening meal. It is highly aromatic, has a big flavour across the mid palate and a zestful finish that immediately invites another mouthful. So, the bottle tends to disappear quickly, a reliable test of the worth of any wine, white or red. It's rare to see a Merlot with this degree of hedonistic pleasure attached to it. On my personal scale, if I had to point it, this would be a 97-99 and In have been making Merlots since 1984. Merlot, like Pinot Noir has a high degree of difficulty attached to it (in the vineyard) and this wine comes through with flying colours. The tendency is to pick it super ripe to avoid green flavours. This wine is ripe, without the green flavours. The flavour spectrum is deep and broad and no trace of hotness on the finish. It doesn't get much better than this regardless of grape variety. This example shows you that, on its day , Merlot can be up there with the best of them, perhaps to reign supreme, as with Petrus. Erl Happ September 2014.
(32% Cabernet sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 18% Malbec and 18% Petit Verdot)
Lifted red fruit, tomato leaf, choc mint and violets with hint of rose water, cranberry and toasty oak. The wine displays a lovely balance between fruit and tannin with both vying for dominance yet neither succeeding. The flavours are distinctly red fruit with hints of sour cherry, herbs and green plum. The tannins are quite chalky and provide a classic Bordeaux structure and some attractive grip to the finish.
- Shane Kelford On a -25 C degree December 2013 evening in Eastern Ontario, we enjoyed a 1999 Charles Andreas Three Hills. Last of three bottles in my cellar. Glad I waited. Delicious with prime rib roast, seasoned with garlic, coarse black pepper and sea salt. Velvety, with still great balance of fruit and tannins after opening with the fruit flavours subsiding after a half hour of decanting. Very enjoyable.
- Linda (Thursday, 02 May 2013) I first met Charlie 4 years ago when the Missus was buying some pottery. I asked for a taste of your biggest, meanest, kick arse red. The bloke next to me at the bar said he had never heard a wine described like that but the young lady behind the bar said I know exactly what he wants and promptly opened a bottle and poured me a taste. I get a carton each year and Charlie has complimented many a great meal and impressed even those who didn't usually drink reds. Cheers Chaz.
- Graham Waideman (Monday, 10 October 2011) A review email sent in from Daphne Brucern: My husband and I just shared a bottle of Three Hills 1999 Charles Andreas from our wine cellar. We had it with barbecued
steak and Dumpling squash. This is the eve of Canadian Thanksgiving and we thought it would go well with our dinner as the weather is warm enough for barbecuing. The wine was absolutely amazing and was perfect with our meal. It was very full bodied and full of flavour. We enjoyed each sip. The best part is we have two more to enjoy in our cellar.
- Rebecca Nash of New York by email (Friday, 02 September 2011) Hi Jeremy, Many thanks for your note. We look forward to opening our box when we next return to Australia. We have sent it to my parents in Melbourne with strict do not drink instructions until we are home (from New York City where we currently live). We have very fond memories of visiting you at Happs during a wonderful Margaret River holiday four years ago. Your cellar door and staff were a delight and we have enjoyed every bottle from the mixed case we sent home from that trip. I was first introduced to the Three Hills Charles Andreas by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra who gave it to me as a welcoming gift (I am an opera singer and was in town to perform
the soprano solo in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the WASO). I took it home with me, read all about it and made a note of when I should open it. On a subsequent trip home, my family enjoyed it very much. We were excited to find 2 bottles of the same vintage in a wine store in New York a little while later and shared them with friends here.The subscription emails are great, love finding one in my inbox (the Christmas 2010 one was excellent!!) Very best wishes to you all from a homesick Happs fan, Rebecca.
This is a powerful wine with concentrated fruit flavours displaying dark fruit, raspberry and plum with notes of vanilla bean, forest floor and liquorice. The palate is big, juicy and fleshy while the tannin is silky and textural.
James Halliday: Deep, clear purple-crimson; a peppery, spicy black-fruited bouquet leads into an effortlessly concentrated palate, the fruit ripeness and weight perfectly proportioned, the tannins fine and soft, the oak positive. Screwcap. 14.6% alc Rating 94 Drink 2030
- thrippenybunger (Wednesday, 07 August 2013) I'm no connoisseur, but I do love Shiraz. Up against similarly priced shiraz's like the Woody Nook of the same vintage the Happs, for me, is far superior. I only bought six, but I'll be going back for more when they run out! Great work.
Mark Warren says: Concentrated aroma of raspberry, plums, redskin, rum and raison, ripe cherry and violets with spice and pepper notes. A full bodied intensely flavoured wine with a beautiful, velvety mouth-feel.
The palate is concentrated and ripe with sweet raspberry fruit, plum skin, mint and stewed fruit. Some nice cedary oak is completely soaked up by this wines intense fruit. The tannins are dense but still soft and velvety and give the wine great texture and length...........Erl Happ says: When I am working with tangelo, grapefruit, lime or lemon perhaps making a fruit juice or a cordial two things help. One is to dilute with water and the other is to add sugar. With Shiraz we have a wine with great extract, lots of flavour. But the great examples of Shiraz although massively extracted are completely dry in the sense that they are devoid of sugar. What makes them so palatable is the mysterious natural sweetness that provides balance. This is a Shiraz of that sort. The range of flavour seen here is only possible in the coolest ripening regimes, when the vines are dry grown. Increase the temperature of ripening and the wine becomes simpler, less engaging and more singular in its flavour expression.
- debbie (Sunday, 07 August 2011) We just opened the three hills Shiraz that we brought back with us in 2009 it was better them I remembered from our trip over to WA I will be putting a order together very soon to replace the bottle we have just open as it will be even better in a few more years Thanks
A delicate wine displaying white peach, melon, brioche and citrus flavours with a rich creamy texture through wild fermentation and lees aging. It is a fruit driven style with tight lemony acidity and subtle supporting oak characters.
A medium to full bodied wine with concentrated fruit flavour and good structure. The flavours are of black currant, red currant, black jubes, and maraschino cherry with hints of black olive, stewed rhubarb and bitter chocolate. The palate is tight with good acidity and noticeable grainy tannin that combine to give the wine the classic drying structure one expects from this variety. A wine that will undoubtedly reward those who lay it down for a few years.
Mark Warren says: This is a rich, textural, complex wine style. It is intensely flavoured with snow pea, honey dew, lemon butter, grapefruit and lime flavours with a tight zesty acid structure and notable minerality.........Erl Happ says: The 2012 vintage of Eva Marie is a Halliday Wine Companion 2015, 96 point wine. Lets know what you think!
- email@example.com (Thursday, 07 April 2011) On my first trip to Margret River (October, 2010) my Perth born wife (we currently live on the Gold Coast) wanted to show me some well-known wineries. She introduced me to Happs Winery which also sold the brand 'Three Hills'. I was instantly drawn to this range as our last name is Hill and we were expecting our first child (baby girl). Hence we were to become the 'Three Hills'. I bought the red hat with 'Three Hills' on it and wore it proudly on the day our little angel was born at the Gold Coast Hospital last month. We met in London in 2008 which made this wine seem more special as well as my wife and little girl both have the same middle name 'Maree' spelt slightly different. Once I got the girls home two days later we were able to drink the 'Eva Marie' and enjoyed every sip. Thank-you Happs and 'Three Hills' for making and naming this wine as it means so much to my new family. We are back in Perth for our little one's baptism later this year and hope to come down to Happs and purchase another 'Eva Marie'. Thanks
- Lois Abraham (Monday, 28 February 2011) Last Wednesday, 23 February 2011, we were on a mission: find the best sem-sauv on offer this year in Margaret River. Ten years ago this blend literally changed our lives. It was new to us, as was Margaret River, and the wine represented the unique blend of beauty, pleasure, finesse and openness of this place. We decided it would be a permanent part of our lives, and the next year we were lucky enough to establish roots (mentally, emotionally,and viticulturally) here. Every year we find our favorite sem-sauv and celebrate it.This year's favorite is Eva Marie. The wine is a bit more demanding than some previous choices. Perhaps we are growing up. Perhaps Margaret river is. But the complexity of this wine, with its almost allusive hints of grass, melon, lemongrass in a rich base of citrusy acid places it, and us, here, and we celebrate with Eva Marie.
It is a medium to full bodied wine with noticeable fine tannin and bright fruit. The flavours are predominantly dark fruit with hints of red fruit, dark chocolate, fruit pastels and eucalypt. The wine has a good tannin structure ideally suited to aging.
- penny (Wednesday, 16 January 2013) I have tasted many cab merlots before but yours is amazing. My partner , kids & I came to visit your cellar door. That was when I had my first taste. We brought quite a few bottles but only one cab merlot. Tonight my darling partner ordered a few bottles for me & I’m very excited. I fully recommend your cab merlot.
Ripe strawberry and cherry flavours combine with the smoky oak to produce a rich and complex palate. The wine has substantial tannin derived from the grape, some stalk inclusion and quality oak. The flavour is long, the tannin persistent, and finishes with smoke and cedar characters.
iMerlot displays attractive dark fruit and cherry with notes of forest floor, eucalypt and tar. These dark and red fruit flavours are allied with hints of choc mint and tomato leaf. The palate is very soft with fine grained tannin perfect for day to day drinking.
A full flavoured wine with sweet fruit that displays flavours of pear, almond, fresh apricot, honey dew melon and grapefruit. The wine is fresh and zesty with a fine delicate palate which is something not always seen with this varietal.
A fruity aroma displaying strawberry, sour cherry, cranberry, vanilla bean and ripe rhubarb characters with some stalk and mushroom notes. The ripe strawberry and cranberry flavours carry on to the palate and combine with glace cherry, green plum with a hint of Ribena and plum. It's a light to medium bodied wine with good fruit intensity and lively acidity that is perfect for everyday drinking.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Saturday, 05 January 2013) While no wine expert, I quite enjoy my wine. My somewhat modest cellar (about 60 dozen) is mostly Porongurup Rieslings, Great Southern Shiraz and Margaret River cab savs. A tiny corner is reserved for some extremely good (but sadly very $$) Aussie pinot noirs, from Tassie, Geelong, the Mornington Peninsula, the Yarra, and the Adelaide Hills. These are not everyday tipples, but maybe one bottle (or perhaps two) a month. So I am always on the lookout for GOOD, AFFORDABLE pinot, and am overjoyed that I found yours! With one or two others from the Mount Barker / Porongurup region, they are the only ones, for under $30, that are not only drinkable, but really quite enjoyable. And I do think yours is probably the best value for money of the lot. Thank you, and Well Done!
- Isabelle De casamajor (28th July 2014) My favourite is the "indigenous pinot noir" it is light but full of flavour. It can be drunk at ambient temperature or slightly chilled which suits spicy food very well. It is a very easy wine which can be drunk as an aperitif as it does necessarily need food for you o appreciate its flavour.
Intense passionfruit, stone fruit, banana and pear characters jump out of the glass with hints of lime juice and nectarine. It’s flavoursome and round with an abundance of tropical fruit and fresh lively acidity. The palate is long and soft and finishes with a fruit salad after taste.
- jkmchugh (Wednesday, 20 March 2013) I just love this wine, it's a nice white that all tastes of wine drinkers could enjoy!
A lifted aroma of guava and tropical fruit with hints of cut grass and gooseberry. It’s fresh and zesty with abundant tropical fruit flavours, notes of Granny Smith, lemon and pear. The wine also displays some residual sugar which is well balanced by the lively acidity and slightly elevated CO2. A great wine for relaxed summer drinking.
The 2012 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc is a fresh, crisp style of wine displaying the punchy grassy characters expected of the style and region with riper gooseberry, lime juice, honey dew, grapefruit and sherbet flavours. The palate has good intensity with an attractive minerality and chalky mouthfeel.
- Jo and Kevin Bell sent in this review for our 2010 SSB: "Ah yes! Our bottle of Happs 2010 SSB flew to Broome with its 11 siblings to accompany our delightful local Threadfin salmon in providing us with a mouth-watering feast. Its delicate but enticing aroma preseeded its crisp grassy and subtle fruity flavours, combining beautifully with the smooth buttery mouthful of fish. Images and fragrances of the Commonage rd bush in the cool morning dampness floated through our minds, contrasting pleasantly with the humid warmth of Broome in wet season. Beads of water trickled down the chilled surface of the bottle, inviting another taste... Cheers, Jo & Kevin Bell"
- selenaod (Monday, 07 February 2011) I thought this wine was fun fresh and friendly, just like the staff. Very enjoyable tasting. Cheers Trev!
A richly flavoured wine with an abundance of sweet fruit. Ripe nectarine and tropical fruits dominate and this is typical of the variety, while more subtle characters such as spice, mango and quince are also present. The wine has great acidity and length with a slightly oily texture that compliments spicy food perfectly.
- Waiting, waiting.
A complex wine with great flavour intensity and zesty acidity. The wine displays ripe peach, grapefruit, melon, nectarine and quince paste flavours with a slight biscuity note. The wine combines crisp acidity with a palate that is creamy and long, with subtle oak and a slightly chalky mouth feel.
- trk (Tuesday, 08 February 2011) I am a firm believer that a lot of white wine should not be drunk too cold - you lose a lot of the nose and flavour. I think that the Happs 2008 Chardonnay sits very firmly in this category. At my favourite temperature for reds and most whites (about 18C) it exhibits a beautiful aroma of peach and citrus with just a touch of oak showing through. It has a very full and buttery palate with some acidity and citrus shining through, and with lots of lingering aftertaste. It is a gorgeous wine, but to me (and I stress this is very much a personal opinion) it loses a lot of this appeal if drunk at too cold a temperature.
Richly flavoured with dried fruit, toffee, caramel and quince flavours. A luxurious sweet wine matched by intense flavour and long, long flavour. A rare and special release.
- Dazzler (Thursday, 15 November 2012) When I have company, I enjoy sharing a bottle of wine.Having said that I have found this fortified product just has me spell bound. The taste, texture, aroma and after essence, ....ah.... With the 'Very Special Old Muscat' I can't bring myself to do this. I highly recommend this Muscat for anyone that enjoys their fortifieds.
- reycara (Tuesday, 23 October 2012) I came to Happs a few months ago for a friends birthday. I can honestly say, without a doubt the best, smoothest fortefied I have ever tasted! I love the Old Muscat and have been searching for it in bottle shops in Perth for months!
A rich wine with great flavour intensity and ample volume through mid palate. Despite a formidable structure the wine has grace, freshness finesse and impressive length of flavour. A wine of generosity that will nourish your essential spirit, raise your tolerance bar and engender a more favourable view of the world. Finishes with a nice juxtaposition of sweet and dry.
- RichardFraser (Sunday, 04 September 2011) Had interstate visitors staying this weekend. After a day in the Yarra Valley, a barbecue and a bottle of red, the ladies retired. Ted and I set about having a coffee and a half bottle of Vintage Port. Had minor problem with the cork but that was not major. The wine was poured into 2 VLPGs, (Very large pretentious glasses),the colour was bright, dark purple with no browning. The nose was pleasantly perfumed. It tasted wonderful in the mouth with plenty of length and bite on the back palate from the crisp brandy spirit. A totally sound wine and a wonderful finish to a great day. Oh the wine was a Happ's Vintage Port 1985, yes twenty six years young! Cheers Richard
500ml. A wonderfully luscious sweet desert wine with intense flavours of liqueur cherry, toffee apple and confectionery. Rich, long and satisfying.
- ClayZ (Thursday, 22 August 2013) Back in 1999, I visited Happs and brought one of my very first bottles of wine (from a cellar door) and it was the 1999 Garnet. As it was special, I decided to keep it for a special occasion; unfortunately that didn't happen. In 2002, I moved to the UK and all my stuff was put into a storage locker in Mandurah, including the Garnet and there it sat for 5 years. I returned un packed it and I thought, NO, there's still a special occasion coming, and i left it unopened. Then finally last year, my dearest friend got engaged and her husband to be and her love ports and sweet dessert wines, so I thought, why not open it now and share it with them. No words can adequately describe how smooth and delicious this wine had become. So sweet and sticky, smooth and intense, we savoured it for hours. All 3 of us agreeing it was one of the most delicious wines we hadever drunk. Just loved it and it made the occasion so special and truly worth waiting the 13 years to open it. I return regularly to Happs and always buy big, I ABSOLUTELY ADORE ALL YOUR WINES. But I have always grabbed another bottle of Garnet and I am cellaring two at the moment for a good 10-15 year stint to relive the joy of the wine. My Absolute favourite of your wines though is your Tintanello - but that’s another story for another time. Thank Happs for all the joy you have brought me.
- kirsty (Friday, 18 February 2011) I absolutely love HAPPS Garnet. I love to share it with other friends who love fortified wine too. I gave a bottle to a good friend recently to thank him for helping my husband and I with some work. Thinking he would know how to drink it I never gave him any tips... I Then saw him with a glass of it a couple of days later..a very large red wine glass of it..... He was having trouble finishing the glass when I told him that I usually only have a port glass size at a time. He thought that was a much better idea and has since told me he loves it too!I love to bring my friends to Happs for tastings and they always find something they love. Thanks for the fantastic wines and even better service and atmosphere. we'll be back very soon...
A luscious sweet wine that displays pear, white peach and grapefruit flavours. The palate is long and rich with a good acid structure, well integrated spirit and a nectarine after taste. AS a variant, Pale Gold is sometimes drunk with a twist of lime.
- KJBlades (Wednesday, 16 October 2013) We tasted this as part of a tour group and loved it! We did not buy anything during the tour as we did not think we would be able to transport much back home. BUT it was so good we came back a few days later and purchased 2 bottles, the only multiple buy after 15 winery tastings.
- Michelle_cart (Tuesday, 12 March 2013) The only other time we have tried a White Port was in the Nappa Valley in California when visiting friends that lived there. We were so in love with it, we bought some to bring back to Australia with us and some for our friends as an Engagement present. I'm really delighted to find a beautiful rendition locally at Happs, but mad at myself for not discovering it earlier!
- Anna McBride (17th July 2014) Wow what a drop! We live just around the corner from Happs and we have enjoyed many a fabulous night with friends sipping this liquid gold over ice with a squeeze of lime. The sweet yet port like taste is perfect for sitting around the fire pit with great company on a starlight night.
- Jim Nealon (11th September 2014) I live in California - about 75 km from Napa Valley. I had the opportunity to spend a week in MR last April - and brought back 30 bottles of the best of the best, from Leeuwin to Knee Deep. I've loved them all. But, my favorite of all was Pale Gold. Pale Gold doesn't pretend to be anything it's not. And I wouldn't likely serve it with beef. But, otherwise, everyone I've shared it with has pushed away their US$300 a bottle red and asked for more.
It is immediately sweet and fruity displaying nectarine, lime juice, tropical fruit and confectionery flavours. The palate is delicate and soft with a crisp acidity that gives the wine a clean dry finish.
- Gerryrich (Saturday, 07 April 2012) I am from Perth WA. About three years ago some friends and I went down South and visited the Happs winery. We had a great time there not only tasting the wines but the staff were so good and welcoming. I bought a few bottles (don't ask me what bought - Only that everything I tried I bought) and gave a couple to my brother for Christmas - he is from Sydney and now he keeps asking me to send them over to him whenever family is in Sydney and his latest request is Late Picked Verdello!
- katiegriffiths (Sunday, 20 February 2011) My partner and I were holidaying in Dunsborough when we had to take one of the wine tours on offer which turned out to be a great day. It turned out even better when the first winery we can to happened to be the best. It was my partner that picked out the late picked Verdelho for us to try and it was the pick of the day. The taste and aromas just mixed perfectly in my mouth, the sweetness of it was just right and blended well with the cheese presented.
Mark Warren says: A mouth-filling wine with juicy, tropical fruit flavours and typical Semillon lift. The wine has obvious sweetness with long flavour and a refreshing crisp acid backbone. ..........Erl Happ says: Picked late in the season it shows the influence of noble rot.
Luxurious sweetness matched by intense flavours of flowers and musk stick. The palate is soft and delicate with vibrant fruit, refreshing crisp acidity and an attractive spritz. Serve well chilled.
- miko (Thursday, 26 April 2012) I love this wine! I traveled down south for my birthday
and had the loveliest time at Happs wines. The staff were great and after tasting this wine I decided to have it at my Hens High Tea instead of champagne, as I think its light and fresh and everyone will enjoy it
- john_spencer78 (Wednesday, 18 May 2011) A light and sweet wine, that is amazingly
refreshing. I regularly buy this wine direct from the website, as it is very difficult to find anywhere in Perth. Happs, your Muscat a Pink is my favourite wine. Thank you!
This is a full flavoured wine with fruit salad and tropical fruit nuances where the sweetness is offset with crisp acidity, big mid palate flavour and an attractive spritz. The finish is long and zesty, altogether a refreshing summertime drink in the fruit bomb style. Some aspects of life can be rich and rewarding and White Fuchsia reminds us of that. Serve well chilled.
- deb72 (Thursday, 16 May 2013) I normally drink the pink Happs fuscia but recently I couldnot get hold of a bottle and was recommended this by a member of staff. I was not disappointed! It is as amazing as the pink Happs and perfect chilled on a hot day. I bought a few bottles and often share it with friends who are all now also converted. It is also fantastic with ice and a dash of lemonade for a refreshing twist.
- Petalh (Monday, 04 June 2012) The pink fucshia was the first wine I ever tried and loved it for many many years. One girls trip to Margs we tried a lot of the wines and I am now in love with the white fuchsia and am currently hunting the bottle shops in the ACT for any Happs wine. All I can say is and goodness you can order, being stuck in the ACT without a wonderful drop like the white fuchsia is not an option. Oh and every other ex Western Australian I mention it too know all about Happs. Thank you so much.
- Cindy Mosdell (16th July 2014) I first tasted White Fuchsia at Happs over a year ago. I
enjoyed Immensely and was not into white wines until I experienced White Fuchsia. This wine is fruity not too sweet and a great accompaniment with lunch,dinner and especially salads. I like the wine cold and in summer with an ice block. In winter I forgo the ice block. This is the only white wine I drink. So I would recommend white wine connoisseurs to try this if you have not already.
A blend of berry flavours, soft acidity, some sweetness and the inevitable slight astringency that is to be expected from red grapes. A full carbon dioxide spritz lifts the aromas and cleanses the palate. It’s simply ‘delicious’. Fuchsia is an innovative and successful wine style. After thirty years a Fuchsia still leads the field. Serve well chilled.
- ericamayb (Saturday, 31 August 2013) After living in WA in the late 90s I became a fan. We visited HAPPS on one of our many tours of the Margaret River region. It quickly became our favourite winery and we have since sourced HAPPS wines wherever we can. After moving to QLD we quickly realised how lucky we were to have it on our doorstep in WA! We have sniffed out suppliers of this fine wine in QLD and frequent them often. I particularly love the Fuchsia for its spritzing summer feeling and simply because it is a fine drop.
- deb72 (Thursday, 16 May 2013) I am from Singapore and my first experience with Happs Fuchsia was 6 years back while touring in WA. Tasted it and unforgettable since then. Just 2 weeks ago, I revisited Happs and bought a carton back home to enjoy it with my friends over Christmas and they all love it. Am glad to find out at the cellar door this time round that I can get it online and freight it back. Cheers to that and I will definitely replenish my stocks soon. It will be great if international clients can get a special price over their purchase if they reorder.