Yallingup may be better known for its surf than its wine but little known producer Cape Naturaliste Vineyard's red wine has been named one of the world's best.
Picture by Bill Hatto, WA News
The small producer's Torpedo Rocks cabernet merlot 2009 has won the London International Wine Fair trophy for best red wine from a single vineyard at the International Wine and Spirit Competition awards.
Owner Craig Brent-White said it was a major coup for the "most western vineyard in Australia".
"All the stories are doom and gloom but we're managing to sell more wine every year," he said.
"If you hang on and persevere and it's done right and the stars align, it pays off."
Mr Brent-White said the biodynamic vineyard did not rely on irrigation.
"We've been following the biodynamic philosophy since 2003, and realised the way ahead in the industry was not to just sell fruit or sell wine at bargain basement prices or you would just be dead in the water," he said.
He praised his winemaker Ian Bell, formerly of Moss Wood.Competition judges had to sort through thousands of wines from 15 countries.