Jilyara 'Honeycomb Corner' Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (Margaret River, Western Australia) "...passionfruit, green apple, herbs..."
JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 5 STAR WINERY
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 grapes were harvested in the cool of the night to retain the fresh, clean varietal characters of Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit was crushed and pressed immediately after the fruit was harvested before being racked off the lees and fermented under temperature control to ensure the varietal characters of Sauvignon Blanc are preserved. It was then fined and filtered and sent to bottle showcasing the perfectly crisp, clean aromas and flavours of a Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc.
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.
"A new producer who has delivered a precise sauvignon blanc with purity of fruit and enjoyable mineral characters that coarse through the wine. It is has an ever so slight green fleck in the glass with aromatics of lime, gooseberry and some faint tomato leaf. The palate continues the citrus thread with crunchy acidity but generosity of mouthfeel before a build of grapefruit like texture gives complexity to finish." - 90 Points, Patrick Eckel
"Similar - indeed very similar to its '19 sibling; here the acidity and structure is better defined." - 91 Points, James Halliday