Wardandi Boodja - Calgardup, Margaret River, Western Australia
Corymbia is the husband-and-wife team Rob and Genevieve Mann, bringing together historic pedigree, rigorous scholarship, and a creative approach to make some of the best wine in Western Australia.
The Mann family’s winemaking history in the Western Australian wine industry dates back to 1906 with several generations of the family fulfilling significant industry stewardship positions, most notably within the Houghton Wine Company where Rob’s grandfather Jack completed 51 consecutive vintages as winemaker. In fact, it’s Jack’s observation, that the red gum tree (Corymbia calophylla) is a harbinger of excellent soils for growing grapes, that gives Corymbia its name.
Rob and Gen are both qualified wine makers and have between them 40 vintages of winemaking experience in senior roles, both within Australia and abroad. Rob has held the role of senior winemaker at Hardy’s Tintara, Cape Mentelle and most recently at LVMH’s Newton Vineyard in the Napa Valley, and has also spent time working in Italy as well as consulting to a number of other wine companies. Gen has worked in senior winemaker positions at Hardy’s Tintara and Howard Park and has spent time working in France, California and South Africa.
The two have worked throughout the world to absorb as much knowledge as possible and bring it back to Western Australia. Gen and Rob believe that the combination of cabernet sauvignon and Margaret River is one of the world’s great place/variety combinations, and have worked tirelessly to set up their vineyard in Calgardup, planted in 2002 on Keenan gravelly loam. The site is sure to become one of the most heralded in Margaret River, just as Corymbia has become one of the most noted wineries in Western Australia in its short lifespan (founded in 2013). For fans of cabernet sauvignon – that expresses both profound depth and drinkability – it does not get better than this.
What Jane and Jon have to say...
There is something undeniable about the nexus of place, people, grape and timing that Gen and Rob Mann have created with Corymbia. The pair have devoted their lives to amassing winemaking and viticultural know-how, and are using it to create some of the finest cabernet we’ve ever tasted — for real! We can’t wait to see how this project evolves.