Shiraz Margaret River Western Australia
A superior backbone of estate grown Shiraz from Cape Mentelle’s Crossroads vineyard, to the south of Witchcliffe, is assembled around harvests from a collation of hand chosen Margaret River sites. Marmaduke is a fruit forward, soft and spicy red wine, offering a mouth filling palate of juicy cherry and black berry flavours, pepper and dusty spice, over a support of firm yet hospitable tannins, the distinctive hallmarks of refined yet approachable Margaret River Shiraz.
The Hohnen brothers established sixteen hectares of vine on the Cape Mentelle property in 1970, the focus was on red wines, mainly Shiraz. The special attributes of the terroir played the most significant role in the evolution of style. Soils are derived from decomposed granite and consist of gravelly loam over deep clay subsoil. All vines are vertically shoot positioned and managed to ensure balanced growth throughout the season. Shiraz is harvested and painstakingly berry sorted into a combination of open and static fermenters. Batches are treated to a course of plunging and pumpovers, basket pressed and transferred to large oak vats for completion of malolactic and a year's maturation.
Dark mulberry hue. Fragrant black pepper and star anise combine with juicy blackberry, ripe plums and blueberry over hints of chocolate. Vibrant, juicy ripe mulberry palate, fresh currants, a touch of Chinese five spice balances the fruit and leads to a savoury bright and expressive finish. Rich and intense, Marmaduke is savoury and long, at its best alongside your favourite recipe of wood fired pizza.