A wine that brought goose-bumps due to my unabashed love of fine white Bordeaux! This is a stunning assemblage of Bordeaux's white varieties with semillon leading the way, 40% barrel-fermented and aged for 6 months in 10% new. A cheeky dash of chardonnay, too, to provide some mitigating fill to the herbal scents and racy acidity. Either way, it works brilliantly! This is a tour de force of winemaking, underlain by a profound love and understanding of the fruit and its origins. Waxy, creamy; redolent of candied quince and pungent lemon oil. Textural. Compelling. Superb wine!
97 points, Wine Companion (December 2017)
This wine is released with a little age on it and helps bring things together. It's a blend of semillon, sauvignon blanc, with some southern Margs chardonnay for richness. Gets a little oak treatment.It adds up to a full bodied, vibrant wine displaying a mix of primary fruit and oak-induced complexity. Even an extra year has seen this wine move up a notch or two.
92 points, Wine Guide 2020
Medium to full yellow colour. The bouquet is nutty, toasty and spicy, with definite oak touches as well as bottle-aged development. Snowpeas beneath. The wine is again intense and spicy, rich and powerful, loaded with flavour, albeit somewhat oak-heavy in its balance. A smart wine of its style, although it must be said the oak is full-on.
90 points, The Real Review (April 2020)
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.