Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Cabernet Franc Margaret River South Australia
The salubrious vines at Wilyabrup can rely on plenty of sunshine for well balanced canopies, a thorough ripening and full tannin development with every vintage. A mostly Cabernet Sauvignon wine, a substantial component of Merlot with inclusions of Malbec and Cabernet Franc, fashioned to a brightly lit, fruit driven style with sound structure and moderate oak influence. Merlot provides a fleshy mid palate while the Cabernet delivers depth, integrity and length. A bliss alongside succulent, melt in the mouth braises and oven roast root vegetables.
The Wilyabrup region's Forest Grove duplex over clay soils are ideal for producing the statuesque style of Cabernet Merlot wine. These soils contain a significant gravel component which aids drainage and reflects heat back onto the vines in the evening. The sandy loam component retains water, while the high gravel content tends to promote low vigor. Regimens of leaf plucking and trimming are employed throughout the growing season to achieve good fruit exposure. Harvests of Merlot and Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc are plunged and pumped over the course of two or three weeks fermentation, followed by fourteen months in a combination of seasoned and new French oak barrels.
Vibrant crimson red in colour. Rich ripe fruit characteristics of red cherry, blueberry, blackcurrant and plum along with hints of spice, liquorice, black olive and cedary vanillin oak. The palate is smooth and plush with a good depth of fleshy fruit characters and modest oak influence. The long fine tannins are balanced and highly supportive of the ripe fruit flavours, achieving a wine of sound structure and great length.