One of the greatest white vintages of Margaret River.

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Our chief winemaker Bruce Dukes believes 2017 will become known for fragrance and softness. Here are his thoughts: “The nature of the 2016-17 vintage is reminiscent of the 2009 growing season (due to the amount of accumulated warmth up until early new year). In our opinion, the 2009 vintage was one of the greatest white vintages of Margaret River, and the reds were stunning with vibrant levels of fruit perfume and generous tannins. An elegant vintage, characterised by wines of verve, texture and personality. Back to 2016-17 – Jan temps were similar to historical data for the area, in contrast, Feb and Mar were a fraction cooler. April marked the beginning of our “endless” Indian Summer, with around 90% less rain than the long-term average. Those who risked all by waiting for the Indian Summer, were rewarded with tannin ripeness and the retention of beautiful fruit perfumes at relatively low sugar levels. The vibrant purple reds are now maturing in French oak, along with our Single Vineyard and Cuvee d’Elevage Chardonnays, while our aromatic SSB was bottled in late July to capture the perfumes, freshness as zest of this great vintage.”

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