Two estate parcels, the larger from Yallingup, the much smaller from Wilyabrup. Machine-harvested, small static fermenters, both taken to barrel for mlf, and once completed the wine returned to barrel and periodically racked during the 16-month maturation period. Perfectly ripened and balanced.
96 points, Wine Companion (January 2020)
Ripe and jammy, the 2017 1000 Crowns Cabernet Sauvignon is a step up from the winery's Kinship bottling. There's more concentration, darker color and more oak, which adds a caramel-toned undercurrent to the layers of blackberries and cassis. Full-bodied and creamy-supple, the wine picks up hints of dark chocolate and mocha on the long finish.
91 points, Wine Advocate (January 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.