The best parcel of fruit ex the Scholar Vineyard, then a best barrel selection. An attractive, medium-bodied wine; juicy blackcurrant/cassis fruit, supple tannins, very good length and balance. From the great '18 vintage.
95 points, Wine Companion (February 2020)
Offering gorgeous richness within a sturdy frame of classic cabernet structure, the wine shows cassis, dark plum, tobacco and cedar characters on the nose with a lovely violet overtone. It’s concentrated and dense on the palate, yet refined and gliding beautifully through to an impressively long, attractively dry finish
95 points, Wine Orbit (May 2020)
Sourced from Margaret River in this outstanding cabernet year. Bursting with blackcurrant and juicy satsuma plum. The Scholar Vineyard in Wilyabrup produces great fruit and this has been expertly harnessed into a classy wine. Balanced, combining power and elegance. It also has good cellaring potential.
95 points, Wine Guide 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.