Cabernet sauvignon and merlot are predominantly sourced from the estate's 'Trinders Vineyard' and three long-term growers within the Margaret River region. The soils are comprised of laterite gravel loam over sandy clay sub-soil. The estate vines are planted at 2200 vines/ha and vertically trained on 1.5m trellises for cane pruning. In the other vineyards, the vines are close-spaced at 5000 vines/ha and trained on 1.8m vertical trellises. Small amounts of Cabernet and Merlot have also been introduced from our southern vineyards Foxcliffe and Chapman Brook.
Budburst got off to an early start after a relatively warm and dry winter. However September and October were quite wet, windy and cold which slowed down shoot growth
and had a detrimental effect on flowering. Warmer weather in November saw the vines
regain vigour and by December, supplementary irrigation was applied to keep the vines from stress Another fine vintage seemed assured, assisted by judicious shoot removal and
canopy management during December to February. Harvest commenced a week or so later than usual. Grape flavours were highly aromatic this year with higher than normal acid levels. This was due to an unusually mild December to March period and lower than