About This Wine
Margaret River Wine
In the southwest of Western Australia, the Margaret River wine region is unique in that it is the most maritime-influenced region in all of Australia. The cool Indian ocean breezes come in through the summer to keep the temperatures around the vines steady resulting in an unusually even accumulation of warmth in the growing season. It is also quite dry as interestingly less than 20% of the annual rainfall occurs as the grapes are growing. The region’s climatic factors have been compared to what Bordeaux would be like in a dry season. While the region’s total production is relatively small (3% of Australia’s total wine production), it is responsible for 20% of our premium wine market.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz as well as Bordeaux blends are all very popular red wine options in the region.
For whites, refreshing blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon as well as complex, age worthy Chardonnays are the specialties.
The Wine Front – Margaret River shiraz, aged in all French oak. I’d reckon this needs a bit of time but I’d reckon this is very good. Aspects of it feel quite raw; others feel polished and sure. It certainly has plenty of heft, especially in regional shiraz terms. Intense plum, almost into blackberry. Plenty of clovey spice. A toastiness. A nuttiness. A trace of bitterness, but not in a hard or green way. A spread of ripe, assertive tannin, slightly raw but rolling into a good position. If this is going to be consumed young, it needs a lengthy decant. Long life ahead. 93+
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