75% Sauvignon, 25% Sémillon. All from the Karridale subregion of Margaret River (cooler and more southerly). 10% of the juice was barrel fermented and matured for two months in two-year-old oak.
…Larry Cherubino (says): 'Reminds me of dried summer straw and fresh cut grass'. Whether that says it all about the bouquet and fore-palate is a moot point, but it certainly undersells the deliciously lively lemon sherbet/tropical mix of the finish and aftertaste. 95 points, James Halliday
Exuberant and fruity, Straw Man bounces across the palate with the unique passionfruit-like and herbaceous flavours of this Western Australia specialty. A little bit of oak fermentation and maturation fleshed out the palate, adding to its juicy, drink-now appeal. Chris Shanahan
Herbaceous grassy nose. Capsicum freshness and a little salty on the finish. Fresh and delicious... Keen and fresh and bright. Mouthwatering finish with just a light creaminess to fill it out. 16.5/20 points, Julia Harding, MW, jancisrobinson.com
Gold Medals – Hobart Wine Show 2016 and Qantas Wine Show 2016
Located three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Serious vineyard development began only in the late 1960’s following the publication of a report by John Gladstones in 1965 stating that the area had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures within the growing season promoting even ripening. Margaret River’s climate is warm and maritime, with some cooling influence provided by southeast trade winds. The soils derive from granitic and a gneissic rock over which laterite has formed. The region can be divided in three sub-regions: the cooler south between Yallingup and Karridale with predominantly lateritic gravelly loamy sands and sandy loams; the warm and sunnier Willyabrup in the centre with predominantly gravelly loams, but some gritty sandy loams and granitic gravels; and Margaret River in the north with similar soils, but slightly cooler temperatures. This is entirely consistent with style; the wines from Willyabrup being more generous than the highly structured wines of the north and the elegant styles of the south. Margaret River is best known for high quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends and top notch Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Over the years, the region has established an astonishing reputation illustrating a consistency in quality and a strongly focused winemaking culture.