Calneggia Margaret River Rosé 2017

This is a fresh summer rosé from Calneggia Family Vineyards in the Margaret River. A blend of shiraz and cabernet (62/38), it opens to aromas of spice and vanilla bean. The palate is dry, medium bodied and the spice character carries through. Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $25. Source: Sample.

Aylesbury Estate Waterfall Gully Merlot Ferguson Valley 2018

This merlot is from the Ferguson Valley, north of the Margaret River. It is a ripe and balanced expression of merlot, with aromatics of clove, smoke and eucalytpus. The palate reminds of red fruits and has a fresh tomato character. Ready to drink now, this is pleasant drinking. Rating: Good. Abv: 14.8%. Price: $23. Website:Continue reading “Aylesbury Estate Waterfall Gully Merlot Ferguson Valley 2018”

Aylesbury Estate The Pater Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

This wine is from Aylesbury Estate and the Ferguson Valley, north of the Margaret River. There is substantial new oak influence, with aromas of cedar and wood prominent. The palate is full bodied and has powdery (medium) tannins and a ripe fruit expression. This is a youthful wine that will benefit from short term cellaringContinue reading “Aylesbury Estate The Pater Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2017”

Atticus Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

A hitherto unsighted label. ¬†It presents quite similarly, in my view, to the better producers of the Margaret River region. ¬†In the glass, this is quite a mature wine, and has a very typical and lovely medium bodied blackcurrant expression. ¬†Bordeaux like, and at or near its peak, I wouldn’t suggest giving this wine furtherContinue reading “Atticus Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2009”

Vasse Felix Heytesbury Cabernet 1995

This is an outstanding Heytesbury cabernet blend from Vasse Felix from the highly regarded 1995 Margaret River vintage. ¬†Nearing the end of its prime drinking window, this is cabernet at its best and I mean that in an international comparative context. ¬†This wine would rival most left bank Bordeaux and is compulsory tasting for thoseContinue reading “Vasse Felix Heytesbury Cabernet 1995”

Fraser Gallop Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

The Fraser Gallop cabernets I’ve tried to date have all been very good: classically profiled and well proportioned. ¬†The “Parterre” seems to be the wine pitched at the middle of the range, the estate wine a rung lower and the “limited release” above. ¬†The 2012 vintage in the Margaret River is yet another good vintageContinue reading “Fraser Gallop Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2012”