Oceans Estate is a premium wine producer totally owned and managed by the Tomasi Family. It is situated in the Karridale sub region of the Margaret River Wine region. We are the most South Eastern vineyard in the Margaret River appellation.

The estate was purchased in 1995. Initial plantings were undertaken in 1999. Further plantings have taken place in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2008. Plantings now total 22 hectares. Wine production started in 2002. The estate winery was completed for the 2006 vintage. Our estate facility designed and equipped to optimise the quality from our vineyard.

All our fruit is machine harvested. This is a great advantage as harvesting can be done at night when the ambient temperatures are at their lowest. By immediately processing our fruit, we avoid loss of quality.

Plantings have been undertaken from 1999 to 2008 of varieties most suited to our unique vineyard site. These plantings are predominately of ’Bordeaux’ varieties, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. We have also planted Chardonnay. A further planting of Cabernet Franc is being considered.

Red wines produced are Merlot, Pinot and a Cabernet Merlot blend. These are all full bodied wines, with Merlot being the most approachable when young, Cabernet Sauvignon being the most structured.

White wines produced are Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

The style is medium bodied, highly aromatic with a rich palate and clean finish. It is a definitive southern Margaret River style. The show judges love this wine.

Our Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blend is another Margaret River classic. The first commercial release was July 2009. The Chardonnay is a full bodied, oak influenced wine of staggering complexity. The first commercial release was July 2009.

A Rose is produced from Pinot and Merlot grapes. It is off dry and retains a slight spritz. Recommended to be served chilled anywhere, anytime.

About The People

Frank Kittler is the Wine maker/Manager of the estate. He comes from a farming background with Science degrees in Physics and Mathematics. He has done 22 vintages in Margaret River as well as 10 in the USA.

Frank moved to Margaret River in 1986 and had his first vintage experience at Cullen Wines. Over the next few years he worked at Pierro and at Redgate Wines, and moved to help Serventy Wines establish their organic wines in 1991. He also started his own Pave brand, which was discontinued in 1998.

Trying to source good quality grapes consistently proved too hard. During this time Frank did several vintages in California with the ABC group. This is a group of enthusiasts lead by Jim Clendenen and Bob Linquist in Santa Barbara who make wines using traditional European techniques. Their labels include, Au Bon Climat, Qupe, Vita Nova, Cold Heaven and Ici/La-Bas and Il Podere Del Olivos.

Initially their focus was Burgundian and Rhone varietals, but they soon branched out to Italian, Spanish and Bordeaux styles. This experience has provided Frank with a very broad understanding of wine styles and possibilities.

Frank went to work at Happs in 1994. During the next 6 years, Happs started the Karridale vineyard in the Southern area of the Margaret River wine region. A huge range of alternative varieties have been trialled here and the knowledge gained has been made available to all potential growers. As Happs got larger, Frank was looking for more challenges, and in 2001 he took on a job with Vasse River wines. Over the next 5 years, the styles were vitalised, a new winery built and a contract wine making business born. In 2006 Frank moved to Oceans Estate when the new winery was built.