Explore the other Margaret River red, with this superb single vineyard expression by boutique maker Brash Vineyard. Only 250 cases are produced vintage to vintage, and the small-scale production is evident in the poise and elegance of this Shiraz. It’s made under the guidance of Margaret River icon Bruce Dukes, and captures the best of cool-climate Australian Shiraz.
Refreshing and bright, red fruits shine on the nose, with hints of spice and pepper. On the palate, you will enjoy black, juicy cherries, spice, and mocha. With impressive length, this is a Shiraz to savour (and will get even better with some cellaring).
"Very bright, youthful purple/red colour, essency aromas remind of cola and sarsparilla, flecked with licorice and spice. The tannins are slightly harsh and a tad astringent while the flavour is quite penetrating."
92 points, The Real Review (October 2019)
London Internationl Wine Show 2019
Australian Small Wine Makers Show 2019
The WA Wine Show 2019
Matured for 16 months in new and used French puncheons. An elegant medium-bodied wine firmly linked with spicy, savoury flavours, its structure built around fine tannins and minimal oak.
92 points, Wine Companion (December 2019)
Cola and aniseed, black fruit and spice, a little cedar oak in support. It’s quite chewy and grainy, almost a sticky feel to the tannin, blue and black fruits, and a spicy finish of some dryness and moderate length. Solid.
90 points, The Wine Front (July 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.
Since 2000, Brash have been growing grapes across their 18 hectares of Yallingup vines, with the bulk going to a host of premium Margaret River producers. They grow 135 tonnes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Malbec annually. Most of the fruit goes to other premium Margaret River producers, with 10% of the yield going towards Brash VIneyard’s single vineyard cuvées. Co-owned by Chris and Anne Carter, Brian and Ann McGuinness, and Rik and Jenny Nitert, the wines themselves are made under the custodianship of Margaret River wine icon Bruce Dukes (of Domaine Naturaliste).