in the heart of Pemberton’s southern forests, Thella Estate was identified
early by Western Australian viticulture pioneers as one of the best patches of
dirt in the state for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The estate has supplied some of Western Australia’s finest labels since the early 1990s; and from 2013, produced ‘small batch’ wine as Below & Above, under the direction of renowned WA contract winemaker, Bruce Dukes.
The terroir, built by generations, is steeped in history unique to this isolated pocket of the south west. This is something about which Proprietors John and Evdokia Klepec are particularly passionate: the marriage of old and new worlds.
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& Above Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot is taken from naturally low yield
vines, and uses only the best five per cent of the 34 hectares under vine, creating distinctly ‘small batch’, precious wine.
Nothing is overlooked and no corners cut: it is this style of winemaking that guarantees rarity, quality of origin, outstanding fruit and wine.