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 Chardonnay was hand- picked in the cool of the morning and transported directly to the winery. Bunches were chilled, whole bunch pressed with a portion of the free run transferred straight to barrel, and one batch settled overnight then racked to barrel. Barrel stirring throughout fermentation and into maturation ensured lees complexity developed and integrated seamlessly with new and old oak. Barrel selection provided perfect balance between fruit power, fermentation complexity and oak impact.
Vintage 2021 got off to a promising start with a mild spring offering reasonable rainfall and good conditions. A wet November gave way to a hot & humid summer and vintage, which meant disease pressure was high, however with careful management, open canopies, afternoon winds and careful monitoring we maintained a clean & healthy vineyard. The whites have great acidity and purity of fruit, while the reds are elegant with good varietal expression.
"Bright straw in colour with a nose of lifted peach, bright grapefruit, spiced vanillin cashew. On the palate there is a zesty natural acidity and elegant oak tannins guide white stone-fruit, lemon tart and sweet spice notes to a long, creamy finish." - Winery notes