The old vine Verdelho grapes from our Wilyabrup Estate Vineyard were machine harvested one very early morning in March. This is when the grapes are at their coolest, which helps preserve fruit freshness. The fruit was then immediately processed at the winery with only the free run juice fraction utilised in making this wine. A selected yeast isolate was used to ferment the juice in stainless steel tanks. Once the fermentation was completed, immediate clarification, stabilisation and bottling occurred. This is a wine that offers immediate drinking enjoyment. However, with careful cellaring for 10 -15 years, will develop into a wonderful complex bottle aged style.
Orange blossom, citrus and subtle tropical fruits with a hint of spiciness.
Floral notes, citrus and spice. A lovely soft, mineral like acidity carries the fruit flavours on the palate. The wine is textural and refreshing with wonderful length of flavour. It definitely has that drinkability factor. Or for something different, this wine can be cellared and will reward you as it evolves with bottle age.
2020 was a vintage like no other. Whilst a global pandemic changed the way people lived their lives, Margaret River experienced a near perfect vintage. The preceding Spring growing season was warmer than average resulting in earlier bud burst and grape development. Grape yields were lower than average which led to one of the earliest harvests on record. The near perfect growing season allowed the winemakers to harvest fruit at optimal flavour and sugar ripeness. The resulting wines display wonderful fresh varietal characters.