"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 2011

Marmaduke Shiraz 2011

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 mulberry.
Fragrant spices of black pepper and star anise combine with juicy blackberry, ripe plums and blueberry fruit with a hint of chocolate.
Vibrant juicy ripe fruit of mulberries and fresh currants. A touch of Chinese five spice balances the fruit and leads to a savoury bright and expressive finish. Rich and intense the flavours are long and savoury.
100% shiraz.
Drink now to 2021.
Food Pairing Notes
Pan seared duck confi t served with a leafy garden salad.
The Vineyard
The majority of the shiraz was grown on Cape Mentelle’s Crossroads vineyard located south of the hamlet of Witchcliffe within the Margaret River appellation. The 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
The 2011 harvest in Margaret River was warm, dry and early and continues an excellent run of recent vintages. Warm nights and above average daily temperatures throughout the growing season led to very early ripening across all varieties with harvest commencing earlier than any of the last 5 vintages. Bright acidity and abundant flavour are the result of an outstanding early and warm vintage.
Fruit was harvested and berry sorted prior to fermentation 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 and subsequent maturation before being blended and bottled in August 2012.
13.5% alcohol, 5.51 g/l total acidity, 3.48 pH.

Wine Taste

Tyson Stelzer

Rob Mann quietly mentioned to me recently that he reckons 2011 to represent the finest reds he’s made in Margaret River yet. A monumental statement, considering the mesospheric standards he has set in 2008, 2009 and 2010. We’ll have to wait until next year for the full answer, but if Marmaduke is any indication, there are great things in store. The intricate craftsmanship on display in this wine is virtually unheard of at this price. At a cool 13.5%, it’s refreshingly medium-bodied, charged with energetic, impressively poised acidity and a textural undercurrent of finely ground, gravelly tannins. An enticing violet perfume wafts over restrained black cherry, plum skin and pepper notes.

Geelong Advertiser

Cameron Best

It might be called Marmaduke, but this wine ain’t no oversized dog. The Margaret River shiraz has a spicy, peppery nose, but the palate is deceptively soft and smooth with fine tannins. It could do with a bit of cellaring to enhance the experience, but shows good quality right now for a sub-20$ wine.

Daily Telegraph

Jeff Collerson

Medium-bodied with intense fruit and hints of nuts and spices. Sweet and juicy in the mouth with a silky mocha coffee-like edge. A terrific quaffing wine.

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