Blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cao and Sousao from Yallingup in Margaret River. Handpicked. 40-year-old vines. Bunch/berry sorted. French oak for 12 months.
Talk about immaculate. This is millimetre-perfect stuff. Savoury, light- to medium-bodied, intricately tannic, balanced and long. It’s a dry, textural wine with a floral aspect sitting not just on the nose but right inside the palate. Bravo. It’s not a profound wine but it does everything right and then some.
94 Points, Campbell Mattinson, The WineFront, November 2019.
Deep, bright, youthful purple/red colour, with aromas evoking white pepper, cloves and other spices. The wine is lean-ish and elegantly-structured, with a taut, firm backbone and good persistence. The aftertaste is markedly peppery. Good length. It's youthful and reserved and has more to show us, given the time.
93 points, The Real Review (December 2019)
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.