he Wallcliffe Vineyard was established on a ridge of free draining lateritic “ironstone” gravel between 1970 and 1972. Sauvignon blanc and semillon were grafted onto shiraz vines in the early 1980’s. The vines are therefore amongst the oldest of these varieties in Margaret River but their roots are even older. The vines are cane pruned and the canopy vertically positioned for optimal air and light penetration.
2007 was one of the earliest recorded vintages in Margaret River. The season was marked by a warm dry growing season, which combined with excellent vine health to produce full flavoured, concentrated white wines with great aromatic intensity and lively fresh palates.
Each vintage the unique characters of the Wallcliffe Vineyard have overidden any variations in winemaking technique, leading us to adopt a very simple aproach to making this wine. The bunches are hand picked, whole-bunch pressed and the juice allowed to undergo natural fermentation in Bordeaux coopered French oak barriques, around one third of which are new. After seven months on yeast lees, a selection of the best barrels are then blended to make the wine which most accurately reflects the characters of the season and the vineyard.
13% alcohol, 7.42 g/l total acidity, 3.09 pH.