"Hazel’s is coming up to 20 years old, and sits about 20km south of Margaret River township. As an aside, I love hazelnuts, and that flavour in general. Almost as much as almond. I can never quite decide which I like more.
Lime and white peach, cashew, white flowers and vanilla. Medium bodied, good flavour and almost into that delicious ‘lime spider’ thing that I enjoy so much, with a firm crunch of acidity, a slight chalky texture, and a juiciness to the finish. It perhaps lacks the concentration of the Burnside, and the length of the Calgardup, but the compensation is gentle charm."
93+ points, Gary Walsh The Wine Front
"Light yellow hue, fresh and clean; the bouquet is cashew-nutty, creamy and lightly smoky, with some 'chicken coop' notes, becoming cleaner and more spicy with air. It's very fresh and vibrant with intense lemon juice flavour, yet invested with delicious complexing notes that make it much more than a simple fruit wine. Lovely."
95 points, Huon Hooke (15/10/2017)
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.