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 fruit was harvested at optimum flavour, tannin & phenological ripeness, and transported directly to the winery. The fruit was destemmed, gently crushed, and transferred to fermenters - a combination of open & static. The fermenters were monitored and plunged or pumped over once or twice daily dependant on the stage of fermentation. Temperature was maintained below 28ºC. Once the optimum time on skins was reached for each batch it was pressed off and transferred to a combination of new & seasoned French oak barriques for maturation. After 14 months maturation individual barrels were selected to be blended, filtered and bottled.
Vintage 2019 was a long, cool vintage. It started off with a cooler than average spring and summer and this followed through vintage. Canopy management and attention to detail were key to getting fruit ripe and avoiding disease. Yields were low across the board. The results have been punchy aromatic whites, fine natural acidity, spicy shiraz and more elegant cabernets.
"Fruit from Wilyabrup. As with previous vintages, this is delicious. Layers of exotic spices, salted raspberry and a purebreed succulence that Margaret River seems to achieve with ease. Length of flavour indicates a long cellaring future ahead of it." - 95 Points, James Halliday
"The palate has a lot going on, ripe fruit profile filled with plum and forest fruits surrounded by fine French oak plushness, cardamon & cinnamon spice notes along with dried herbal notes. Firm structural tannins frame the wine, and the natural acidity adds freshness and drives the wine through to a long, tight finish." - Winery notes