Discover Jilyara Wilyabrup New Margaret River
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in News
Margaret River is recognised the world over as a leading light for Australia’s wine. The sub-region of Wilyabrup, year-on-year, grows in stature as a distinctly desirable part of this premium wine region. For more than 20 years, the Cotterells have been growing grapes for some of the region’s premium producers. Now it’s time for the Cotterells to step out of the shadows and into the winery to produce their own Wilyabrup magic. Explore our Jilyara portfolio here.
Family-owned and operated, Jilyara is located in Wilyabrup, in the heart of the Margaret River wine region. The Cotterell family put down roots when the vineyard was planted in 1996. Today, these maturing vines sit on a north-south slope amongst undulating valleys, shielded from the elements by a nature reserve. The nine-hectare vineyard is worked by Craig, from mulching to pruning to netting, with minimal use of contract plant keeping the volume low, all the better to hear the rolling of the surf and the buzzing of bees.
The bees keep busy in four hives at the corners of their vineyard. Their role has less to do with the immediate attention of the vines—the vines already receive plenty of love from Craig and his family—rather the bees support the healthy ecosystem surrounding the vineyard. And their importance is recognised by the winery. The winery’s icon is of the golden bee and the name ‘Jilyara’ is derived from ‘Djilyaro’, meaning ‘bees’ in the local indigenous Noongar language.
Jilyara offers wines across three tiers–The Williams’ Block, Heath Road and the delightfully named Honeycomb Corner.
The Williams’ Block is so named as all the men in the Cotterell family bear this name. This tradition continues with Craig and Maria’s three sons who are lucky enough to be raised in this vinous and bucolic idyll in Wilyabrup. The best fruit is selected to go into the ‘Williams’ Block’ Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, the twin varietal icons of the Margaret River.
The Heath Road range presents Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec and sits at the mid-tier of the Jilyara range. The winery’s entry-level offerings are estate Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, both showing regional and varietal typicity.
In its inaugural vintage, these Jilyara wines seem to be priced a bit low given their quality and the quality of their peers in Margaret River. It would be surprising if future vintages didn’t answer demand by climbing the price ladder. Get it at the bottom run.