The Three Lions wines are new from Plantagenet. The name Plantagenet was given to the shire in Western Australia by early English settlers, and was adopted by the winery when it was established in 1974. The arms of the Gules family, who later became the Plantagenet dynasty, were three lions passant guardant, termed colloquially “the arms of England”. They were first adopted by King Richard the Lionheart (1189–1199), son of King Henry II of England (1154–1189), son of Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (1113/17–1151). Plantagenet the winery is now self-sufficient, with 126 hectares of vineyard in Great Southern. All their wines are now made from estate fruit, so it makes sense that they should introduce a new label, with a link to the name Plantagenet, to showcase this fruit.
Fragrant and brambly berry fruit aromas are complimented by hints of clove, cedar and sage. On the palate, bold dark fruits such as cassis and cherry stand tall before giving way to firm but silky tannins and generous hints of mocha.