Expect varietal aromas of blackberry, violets and cedar. The palate is fresh yet generous, juicy fruit sweetness and soft tannins.
The fruit is sourced from the Wills Domain Yallingup Estate Vineyard Blocks 3 and 4. Harvested in the early morning, gently de-stemmed and cold-soaked for 3 days. Fermented at 24C for 10 days and gently plunged twice daily to extract all the soft tannins and rich varietal flavours. The wine is pressed at dryness with free run and pressings being combined, before being racked onto oak. The wine is matured for 12 months.
Expressing lovely fruit purity and fragrance, the bouquet shows Black Doris plum, cranberry, thyme, violet and toasted nut characters. It is succulent and supple on the palate, offering juicy fruit intensity and rounded mouthfeel, backed by fine, grainy tannins. Beautifully flavoursome and friendly.
93 points, Wine Orbit (April 2019)
Lots of currants and fresh herbs, such as sage and spearmint, follow through to a medium body with soft and silky tannins. Nicely crafted and easy to drink.
92 points, JamesSuckling.com (May 2019)
Selectiv'-harvested, destemmed, cold-soaked, 12 days on skins, pressed to oak for 12 months. Well put together, fresh and well balanced.
90 points, Wine Companion (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.