In 2011 we experienced a wet spring, followed by a warm, dry summer. Ideal ripening conditions
with even day temperatures produced healthy canopies carrying low to medium yields. This
vintage provided intense fruit flavours showing bright peach and melon characters.
Planted in 1980 on the south bank of the Margaret River, the gravelly loam vineyard is dry grown
and cane pruned using minimal chemicals. The fruit is hand harvested and moved only a short
distance to the winery.
Grapes were hand picked at dawn and whole bunch pressed. I sent the
unsettled juice direct to barrel with the barrel selection being paramount.
Wild yeast from the 162 year old cellar was allowed to initiate primary
fermentation followed by malo-lactic fermentation of some barrels. After
minimal handling and 12 months in oak, the wine was bottled in February