"The wines made here reflect their origins and regionality

and are consistently among the finest from the region.

The cabernet reaches exceptional heights”

Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2017


‘Marmaduke’ is names after Marmaduke Terry, one of the first settlers of the Margaret River region at the turn of the century. He surveyed vast tracts of the hinterland of Western Australia and farmed with his family at Wallcliffe, on the banks of the Margaret River

Vintage Notes

Marmaduke Shiraz 2008

Marmaduke Shiraz 2008

Marmaduke is a Shiraz sourced exclusively from Margaret River. The aim is to produce a fruit forward, soft and spicy red wine, which exhibits the regional expression of Margaret River and varietal intensity of shiraz. Rich juicy berries with pepper and spice are the hallmark characteristics of this wine.

Dark red with crimson hues.
Vibrant blueberry and dark cherry in the foreground with complex earthy characters, spice and lifted, bright violet notes.
Rich and textural palate with briary dark fruits and subtle pepper. The palate’s length is defined by long, fi ne, chalky tannins.
Shiraz 88%, grenache 7%, mataro 5%.
Drink now to 2015.
Food Pairing Notes
Slow braised pork belly with white bean mousse.
The Vineyard
The majority of the shiraz was grown on Cape Mentelle vineyards, mostly located in the Wallcliffe and Karridale subregions within the Margaret River appellation. The majority of these vineyard soils are derived from decomposed granite and consist of a gravelly loam over a deep clay subsoil. All vines are vertically shoot positioned and managed to ensure balanced growth during the season.
The Season
A wet winter and warm spring encouraged uniform growth in all varieties. An ideal flowering period marked the beginning of a long dry spell lasting until mid-February. The harvest for red varietals was ideal with finished wines defi ned by excellent tannin structure and length. The vintage is sure to be amongst the greatest vintages for red wines in Margaret River.
Fruit was harvested by both hand and machine. Fermentation took place in a combination of open and static stainless steel fermenters. The ferments were managed with a combination of plunging and pump overs. All batches were basket pressed and transferred to large oak vats for malolactic fermentation. The wine was matured for 14 months mostly in large oak before being blended and bottled in January 2010.
14% alcohol, 6.21 g/l total acidity, 3.52 pH.

The Wine Front

Campbell Mattinson

Spicy, mid-weight, good vibrant colour, not exactly smooth and not exactly rough. It tastes of sweet/sour cherries with sandy/loamy characters. Aromas of jubes and white pepper. In all, I’d call it true to form... Good buying/drinking without being the no- brainer it can be.

West Australian

Ray Jordan

A largely fruit-driven wine, although the use of large used oak has added some subtle complexity in this shiraz. Rob Mann has also added a small amount of aromatic grenache to add some nice touches to the nose. It’s ripe and juicy with a delicious fresh fruitiness ideal for current drinking.

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