The Reserve Shiraz comes almost entirely from our old vine central Wilyabrup vineyard, planted in 1972. A wine of great poise, power, yet fine detail. My favourite Reserve Shiraz to date.
Julian Langworthy, Chief Winemaker
Deep purple with bright crimson rim.
Complex array of warm spices such as cinnamon and star anise, underpinned by deep dark blood plums and complexing graphite minerality.
The palate shows restrained power and great balance. Suggestions of brambly dark fruits with dark plums and baking spices. The tannins are powder fine and frame a medium-bodied palate that rolls on and on, finishing in a glorious fruit-filled yet complex fashion. A wine of great poise and power, yet fine detail.
Optimum drinking within three to ten years of vintage.
2020 was a tricky vintage for life in general with lockdowns, split work forces and all manner of challenges but it did make for some very lovely wines in Margaret River.
A steady, relatively warm season, punctuated by a couple of solid rainfall events, resulted in one of the very best Shiraz seasons in our amazing region. The Shiraz vineyards largely loved the natural moisture along with the warm temperatures and the resulting fruit has great flavour with perfectly ripe tannin structure.
This wine is almost entirely from our old vine central Wilyabrup vineyard planted in 1972. The fruit was hand-picked and varying amounts of whole bunches were employed in small open top fermenters.
A minimalist approach in the winery included only twice daily plunging and pressing after 12 days on skins to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak. The individual parcels were kept separate and aged on lees for 12 months until the final selections of the parcels were made.
The final blend incorporates a combination of 30% and 100% whole bunch fermented batches allowing for a wine of both great depth and complexity.
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- pH: 3.69
- TA: 5.9 g/L
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front 2021
It’s grown on vines that were planted in 1972, which is remarkable in Margaret River terms. Wilyabrup sub-region.
It’s a cracking red wine. Just fantastic. It’s strong, bold, firm and complex. Tannin, lots of tannin, muscular with it. Cherries into plum into straight-out kirsch into peppercorn, woodsmoke and cedar. It’s fractionally reductive, to positive effect. It will live and develop over many a yonk. This is a wine that goes for gold.
Beautiful wine this. It’s almost brooding with deep dark red fruit characteristics. Plenty of length and some silky tannins Great for now but will only get better if you can resist the temptation.
Solid cool climate shiraz
Great drop... Good example of a Marg River shiraz... highly recommended..
Who knew Margaret River could make a Shiraz this good! Really showing that MR can hang with the big-name Shiraz's of Australia