2015 Vintage Report

Margaret River Vintage Report 2015

The 2015 Vintage is complete and all the grapes are in. The Margaret River region has produced an exceptional vintage once again yields were down but the quality was excellent. The Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon show intense varietal characteristics and crisp natural acidity on the palate accompanied by a citrus to lemon and lime fruit aromas on the nose. Chardonnay also shows great fruit flavours and a nice balanced acidity the chardonnay flavours cover the spectrum from early summer peach to nectarine as well as a fine contour of citrus.

Cooler night time temperatures during March saw an extended ripening period for the red varieties giving them more time to develop fruit flavour and colour with softer tannin levels arising as a consequence. The Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon is a stand out and shows intense varietal aromas of blackcurrant and spice with balanced acidity and depth with excellent aging potential.

Frankland River Vintage Report 2015

The conditions leading up to harvest were excellent in the Frankland River region with the Wilkes Vineyard producing an excellent vintage once again. The vineyard had very even temperatures during ripening with cool nights and warm days making it ideal for flavour development especially in the aromatic white varieties. The Sauvignon Blanc was a standout and showed aromas of intense passion fruit with very good natural acidity levels.

The Frankland Shiraz once again was outstanding with low crop yields and low Baume producing wines with aromas of raspberry with a beautiful balance and a red berry palate I am looking forward to seeing these wines after aging 12 months in French and American oak barriques.

2015 will be again be a very high quality vintage from both regions , showcasing the hallmark strengths of elegance, finesse and great aging potential in the reds and the whites showing intense varietal aromas and soft natural acidity.

Ben Roodhouse

Senior Winemaker

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