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Wilyabrup 2008

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A unique expression of the traditional cabernet blend, hand-picked from amongst the oldest vines in the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River. This wine captures the unique synergy of site, varieties and vintage to create a wine with exceptional vibrancy or character for which this area is so highly regarded. Luscious dark fruits with great density and characteristic fine gravely tannins are the hallmarks of this unique sub-region.

Deep crimson red.
Dark fruit spectrum of plums and mulberries enriched with violets, dutch cocoa and black olive.
Great density and cream-like texture meet the palate offering blackcurrants, ripe plum and liquorice strap with fine silky tannins finishing the palate.
75% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot, 6% cabernet franc.
Drink now to 2028.
Food Pairing Notes
Aged rib-eye fillet with chanterelle and foie gras pie and parsnip chips.
The Vineyard
Sourced from two old vineyards within the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River. This region exhibits the classic gravelly, lateritic soils that drain to the west, the microclimate is strongly influenced by the Indian Ocean only 5 kms away. The vineyards are cane pruned and hand harvested with the three varieties managed and harvested individually to maximise varietal character and complexity.
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 defined by excellent tannin structure and length. The vintage is sure to be amongst the greatest vintages for red wines in Margaret River.
After hand harvesting and individual berry sorting, each parcel of fruit was fermented on skins for up to 40 days. At the desired balance of fruit and tannin extraction, each batch was gently basket pressed, with harder pressings kept aside. The individual parcels were racked to oak following pressing for malolactic fermentation. Regular rackings over an 18 month period ensured the individual wines were at their best prior to blending. The wines were matured in selected Bordeaux coopered barriques of which 40% were new with the balance being one year old. The final blend was completed and bottled in February 2010.
13.5% alcohol, 6.3g/l total acidity, 3.45 pH.

Good Wine Guide

Nick Stock

A red equivalent in the range to the ‘Wallcliffe’, this carries a sub-regional classification rather than a single vineyard. The blend is cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc, and it has plenty of classic cedary comforting characters; sweet berries, plums and bright vanillin spice. The palate’s superbly crafted with ripe, fine tannins that delivery superb, juicy fruit flavour and immense length with striking poise and elegance. Masterful - a welcome new addition to the Margaret River claret movement.

Wine Taste

Tyson Stelzer

The legendary blends of Bordeaux are built around structure ahead of flavour and the great winemaking brains of Margaret Riverare following the same lead. Rob Mann is a Jedi Master of structure and his epic new blend is encased in a brittle shell of taut tannins. The force is strong with this one.


West Australian

Ray Jordan

A new Bordeaux-blend release which marks the 40th anniversary of Cape Mentelle. Has deep intensity with a textural feel in the mouth. Plenty of distinctive blackcurrant, black olive characters with a touch of dried herbs. Silky smooth tannins and well-integrated oak support, a most stylish wine... tremendously promising.

The Age Epicure

Ralph Kyte-Powell

Although in southern Margaret River, Cape Mentelle sourced cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc for this red from the prized Wilyabrup district further north. It offers forest berry, blackcurrant, dark chocolate and cedar aromas, a velvety, medium bodied palate, great length and lovely poise.

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