2019 Odyssey Cabernet
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine are grown in two vineyards, from our own vineyard here at Whicher Ridge, and from a vineyard in Donnybrook. A small amount of shiraz (4%) for this wine is from a friend’s vineyard, also in Donnybrook, and the malbec (6%) is from the Knotting Hill Vineyard in Margaret River. The Donnybrook area is part of the Geographe Wine Region, and produces flavours with riper, red and black berry flavours, and a richness to the palate due to the warmer ripening conditions. The gravelly granitic loam soils and undulating terrain, delivers shiraz that is quite distinctive to the Donnybrook sub-region with a mix of riper blueberry and blackberry flavours, and in warmer years more cherry, raspberry jam and plum flavours.
The way we handle our cabernet and shiraz ferments is very labour intensive, but the end results in terms of colour and flavour extraction is well worth the hard work. We ferment our reds in open topped fermenters, with alternating hand plunging, followed by draining off skins into a tank, then returning onto skins with lots of splashing and aeration, happening 2 to 3 times a day. The wine completes fermentation through to dryness on skins then it’s pressed off skins using a basket press. (Still more shovelling!)
We then mature this wine in tank and in older french oak barrels for 16 months.
Our 2019 Odyssey Garden Cabernet Sauvignon has juicy flavours of blueberry, plums and cherries, savoury spices and hints of fragrant mocha and chocolate. On the palate, the red and dark berry flavours continue, balanced by soft velvety tannins. This wine is refined and elegant in style, and is made in a ‘Ready to Drink and Enjoy Now’ style, but it will age for a for a number of years too if desired.
I am a winemaker with over 30 years of winemaking experience. I moved to South Australia from Tasmania in 1995, after working for Pipers Brook Vineyard and Cascade Brewery. I worked at Orlando Wines, then St Hallett Wines in the Barossa Valley, and in 2002 I moved to Margaret River in Western Australia, to work as Chief Winemaker for Watershed Wines. I have gained a solid reputation for making high quality premium wines, most notably Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. I also enjoy writing, and every blog on our Whicher Ridge website is my own!
Favourite Pastimes – owning horses and dogs, gardening, farm life
This wine is a blend of 90% cabernet sauvignon, 6% malbec and 4% shiraz. The Geographe Wine Region consistently produces intensely flavoured cabernet sauvignon and shiraz that’s perfect for making a soft, fruity, textured wine.
Vintage in the Geographe Wine Region started late due to the mild and cool spring weather experienced all across the southern part of Western Australia. The cooler weather continued on into Summer and the milder temperatures during ripening helped to maintain the fresh, floral and fruity aromas in the earlier white varieties. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz from 2019 are quite stunning in their liveliness and intensity of flavours. The Malbec adds some firmer tannins and flavour length.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come from two vineyards, our own Whicher Ridge vineyard at Chapman Hill, and the Kings Lake vineyard in Donnybrook. The Shiraz comes from the Langley vineyard which is located in the hills between Donnybrook and Kirup. The gravelly granitic deep loamy soils and undulating terrain, delivers cabernet and shiraz that is quite distinctive to the Donnybrook sub-region with a mix of riper blueberry and blackberry flavours, and in warmer years more cherry, raspberry jam and plum flavours.
Tomato, squash, cumin, sage, white beans, cloves, saffron, black olives, fennel, pepper, juniper berries, anise, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate, radicchio, thai mint, basil , cinnamon basil, chervil
2019 Odyssey Shiraz
This wine is a blend of 96% shiraz and 4% malbec. The Margaret River and Geographe Wine Regions consistently produce intensely flavoured shiraz that’s perfect for making a soft, fruity, textured wine .
2016 Elevation Cabernet
Our cabernet sauvignon vines were grown by Neil from cuttings sourced from a friends’ cabernet block in the planted in the 1970’s in the Margaret River wine region. Our Elevation cabernet vines have a very fine pedigree!
2020 Odyssey Sauvignon Blanc
The Geographe Wine Region is renowned for making stunning sauvignon blanc wines. Blend a little semillon in with the sauvignon blanc, and it’s a match made in heaven!