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RegionMargaret River, WA
WinemakerMatt Byrne
ColourBrilliant condition with mid straw colour.
AromaLayers of primary fruit freshness and complexity with subtle yeast, lanolin and shortbread notes from the barrel fermentation.
PalateRipe pear, apple and melon with a touch of savoury ginger nut biscuit, mixed spices and yeasty flavours adding a delicate touch of complexity.
Growing Conditions

A very distinct vintage - the dry, warm Spring and Summer meant it was tracking early but a tropical rain event on 19-Jan saw 50-70mm fall across the region which pushed back harvest dates slightly ? the reds (especially Cabernet and Merlot) very much appreciated this rainfall and although we thought the whites may suffer berry split and subsequent high disease pressure, the hard work from our Vineyard Managers coupled with the warm, dry conditions and fresh daily sea breezes resulted in no issues ? another ?lucky? vintage in Margaret River!

Of our main white varieties, Sauvignon Blanc stands out ? with great aromatics, perfume and length of flavour. Chardonnay though, is yet again the pick of the white varieties, with extraordinary flavour depth and length ? we have picked a number of parcels at 11.6-12.0 Baume but tasting like they have been picked much riper and richer.

Following Easter, in late March, the tail end of a weak tropical system moved through which saw approximately 12mm of rain as it moved through to the South-East. Most reds were picked by this date with the rain being a great little freshener for the older Cabernet vines in Wilyabrup that still had fruit on them.

Overall, the reds and especially Cabernet, look exceptional with higher yields than in 2015 meaning better vine balance and rate of ripening, smaller bunches and some of the smallest berry size I have seen for many years. Great thick skins and flavour concentration also ? it may be a Cabernet vintage that will last for many years in the Cellar.

Alcohol/Vol14%
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date14-04-2017
Peak Drinking2017 - 2021

Margaret River is the home of some of Australia’s most classic wine styles, yet still has the regional diversity to be able to produce alternative varieties with aplomb. As a reflection of Margaret River’s tranquil landscapes, the Breathing Space range inspires a sense of relaxation. Refresh and indulge in the lifted aromatics and fruity freshness.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm

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