Jilyara 'Heath Road' Malbec 2020 (Margaret River, Western Australia)



A family-owned and operated vineyard in Wilyabrup, Margaret River. Planted in 1996 by the Cotterell family, the nine hectare vineyard grows predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, but also Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.  The fruit is managed by hand and owner Craig Cotterell does all the vineyard work himself to ensure a sound and disease-free vineyard. Craig has managed every aspect of the vineyard since the beginning and strives to grow grapes of superior quality. Wines are made by Kate Morgan.

The fruit was harvested at optimum ripeness and transported directly to the winey where it was destemmed, crushed and transferred to static fermenters which were pumped over twice a day. The wine was pressed off at dryness to retain fruit vibrancy.  Post fermentation the wine was transferred to a variety of vessels – stainless steel and barrel, for maturation. After 14 months maturation the wine was blended, filtered and bottled.

"Wonderfully ripe and perfumed with cassis, violet, game and spicy oak aromas with a lovely hint of tobacco, it's concentrated and succulent in the mouth delivering excellent density and silky texture. Splendidly structured by loads of fine-grained tannins, finishing gorgeously long and delicious." - 94 points, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"88% malbec, 8% cabernet sauvignon, 4% petit verdot. 10 days on skins in tank, then matured in French oak for 16 months (15% new). Vibrant, supple and spicy, this has firm tannins (we knew it would, thank you 2020) and lush fruit - precisely what the vintage will be remembered for. The time in oak has softened the texture, and has left behind very little timber artefact - a wonderful thing." - 93 Points, James Halliday

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