"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


An individual 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, vintage and varieties to create a layered and complex wine witch defined varietal characters and exceptional vibrancy.

Vintage Notes

Wilyabrup 2011

Wilyabrup 2011

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.
Perfumed aromatics of satsuma plums, redcurrant, cherries and dark chocolate combine with hints of dried herbs and violets.
A medium to full body with bright and expressive flavours of mocha, currants, cedar and nutmeg leading to a velvety mouthfeel and a rich, long finish.
39% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot, 25% cabernet franc.
Drink now to 2031.
Food Pairing Notes
Slow braised beef brisket served with Paris mash, roasted root vegetables and a rich BBQ sauce.
The Vineyard
Sourced from the Kyella Vineyard (established in 1974) from within the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River. This region exhibits the classic gravelly lateritic soils that drain to the west and the microclimate is strongly influenced by the Indian Ocean only 5km away. This vineyard is cane pruned and hand picked with the three varieties managed and harvested individually to maximise varietal character and complexity.
The Season
The 2011 harvest in Margaret River was warm, dry and early and continued 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 five vintages. Ripe, plush and velvety tannins with abundant fruit flavour are the result of an outstanding early and warm vintage.
After destemming, berry sorting and light crushing, individual vineyard batches were fermented on skins for up to 30 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 a 16 month period ensured the individual wines were at their best prior to blending. The wines matured in selected Bordeaux coopered barriques of which 40% were new with the balance being one year old. The fi nal blend was completed in September 2012 and bottled in November 2012.
13.5% alcohol, 5.1 g/l total acidity, 3.54 pH.

Wine Companion

James Halliday

Excellent colour, a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc, which has been matured in French oak, much of it new; its mix of cassis, redcurrant, spice and licorice is bolstered by that oak and by ripe supple tannins. A thoroughly hedonistic wine that will be even better in five-plus years time when that oak has settled down.

The Wine Front

Gary Walsh

Puts on a fair show of pretty vanilla/mocha oak over mulberry, aniseed and regional bay leaf and gravel. Medium bodied, plush red and black fruit, pliant but insistent powdery tannin and balanced acidity. Tannin prolongs the finish and the overall feeling is of a well structured, well polished wine that delivers just enough to keep you happy.

The West Australian Wine Guide 2014

Ray Jordan

This is a single vineyard blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. It is such a complex wine of leafy cabernet dominance with a meaty fruitcake underlay. The tannins are powdery and supportive, and the oak perfectly applied to fully express the fruit. Balanced finish.

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