The Wilyabrup Valley

The Heart of Margaret River

The Wilyabrup Valley is a series of gentle slopes found alongside tributaries to the Wilyabrup Brook. Vines prosper on the Wilyabrup soils.

 

The gravel subsoil ensures good drainage, while the high clay content enables good water retention throughout summer.

 

The weather in the Wilyabrup Valley is characterised by high winter rainfall and long dry summers. The Indian Ocean surrounds the region to the north and west, providing a moderating effect on the temperature.

The Wilyabrup Valley is a series of gentle slopes found alongside tributaries to the Wilyabrup Brook. Vines prosper on the Wilyabrup soils.

 

The gravel subsoil ensures good drainage, while the high clay content enables good water retention throughout summer.

 

The weather in the Wilyabrup Valley is characterised by high winter rainfall and long dry summers. The Indian Ocean surrounds the region to the north and west, providing a moderating effect on the temperature.

The Wilyabrup Valley is a series of gentle slopes found alongside tributaries to the Wilyabrup Brook. Vines prosper on the Wilyabrup soils.

 

The gravel subsoil ensures good drainage, while the high clay content enables good water retention throughout summer.

 

The weather in the Wilyabrup Valley is characterised by high winter rainfall and long dry summers. The Indian Ocean surrounds the region to the north and west, providing a moderating effect on the temperature.

Chardonnay

Fruit solely from the Wilyabrup Valley

2017 was a mild summer, particularly over December and January. la Nina conditions ensuring no extremes of heat, and enabled perfect maturation for aromatic white wines.

 

Our Chardonnay is produced from prime established vineyards within the Wilyabrup Valley of Margaret River, and fermented in barrel with no additions other than sulfur.

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Chardonnay

The Winemaking Process

Once harvested and in the winery, the fruit is delivered to the destemmer by a vibrating hopper, where the stems are removed by a swinging motion. This process is very gentle, and enhances clarity of fruit. Some of this wine was also pressed as whole bunches, which we feel adds finesse. After being pressed and racked, the wine was fermented entirely in French barrels without the addition of yeast. Following fermentation, some batches were transferred out of barrel to retain an element of freshness in the final blend. In late September the wine was racked together, filtered and bottled.

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Chardonnay

Tasting Note

This wine delivers the essence of new season tree fruits.  The expansive nose reveals ripe white peach and nectarine, some creamy wine lees complexity, Provençal herbs, and a subtle note of tropical passionfruit. The palate is full flavoured on entry; with white peaches, grapefruit, and hints of pine needle and citrus rind. The palate is long and fine – lingering with bright fruit flavours and a hint of caramel and barrel toast.

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Chardonnay

Food Pairing

This wine has a beautiful combination of being both uplifting and refreshing on the palate, but also powerful and textural. A pristine wine that craves drinking in the sun, our 2017 chardonnay would pair beautifully with shellfish, or a grilled peach, rocket and prosciutto salad.

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Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Fruit solely from the Wilyabrup Valley

2017 presented some unusual weather patterns throughout the region. With very wet conditions leading into winter. We experienced the coldest September – October on record, the coldest in 11 years, which delayed the start of the growing season. Our summer was a very mild one that year, with La Nina conditions keeping the temperatures low and avoiding any extremes of heat. This resulted in a longer flowering and growing period across the region, around 2-3 weeks later than normal. This was more in line with the historical phenology of the region. We experienced some heavy rains mid-February through to March; however our non- irrigated vines were able to flourish and with our timely and fastidious vineyard practices, we were able to produce fruit of exceptional quality despite what nature presented us with.

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Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

A Bordeaux Blend

Our 2017 Wilyabrup Valley blend is comprised of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and has matured in French oak for 14 months.

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Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Tasting Note

Bright and brambly- forged with an array of Jaffa, stewed plums and dark fruits. The palate is defined by a bouquet garni of savoury acidity, embracing the wine. Graphite and dusty cacao tannins speak of the land, finishing with a silky defined edge.

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Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Fruit solely from the Wilyabrup Valley

2016 is in our opinion a stellar vintage, and certainly one that will reward extended cellaring. Winter rainfall was lower than average, October was warm and dry, and flowering was short. A heavy deluge of rain in mid January was appreciated, and dry mild conditions continued through an extended ripening period. Although we (as always) sorted the fruit berry by berry after harvest, all the reds came in clean and vibrant, with excellent natural acidity.

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Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

A Bordeaux Blend

Our 2016 Wilyabrup Valley blend comprises 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 11% Malbec, 1.5% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc, and has matured in French oak for 14 months.

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Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Tasting Note

In the glass the wine displays a vibrant garnet. The nose opens to display bright varietal characters of blackcurrant, combined with subtle lifted aromatics of strawberries and the floral scent of rose. Deeper layers then emerge bringing black tea, aniseed, maple and cocoa. At the heart of the nose lies the beauty of fresh clay, capturing the essence of the earth itself. The palette has the zing of raspberry and some spiciness of black pepper and gentle oak.

This is a youthful and lively wine, balanced with fine tannins to create an excellent structure and a savoury finish. To appreciate this wine fully, we suggest opening one hour before drinking. To be enjoyed most between 2020-2026.

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