Jilyara 'Heath Road' Malbec 2018 (Margaret River, Western Australia) "...cherry, red currant, spice..."
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.
The 2018 vintage will go down as a classic, great all-round year. Flowering and fruit set were also exceptional giving solid yields across WA. Some significant rain events in December set up the vineyard with good levels of ground water to see them through ripening. A relatively cool summer has allowed for slow, steady ripening of whites, retaining high levels of natural acidity. The moderate temperatures continued allowing for optimum ripening conditions for reds resulting in wines with elegance, structure and flavour.
"Bright hue; light to medium-bodied; the usual lack of structure/texture of malbec has its upsides: the lack of tannins throws the accent onto plummy fruit." - 92 Points, James Halliday