2019 The Jetty Cabernet Shiraz
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. The shiraz for this wine is from a friend’s vineyard, also in Donnybrook. 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 with for 9 months with some French oak boards. The boards are carefully selected year to enhance and match the bold fruit flavours in the wine.
Our 2019 Jetty Cabernet Shiraz 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.
This wine is a blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon and 35% 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. Both Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz from 2019 are quite stunning in their liveliness and intensity of flavours.
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
Redtail is a wine which we are particularly proud of. It is a uniquely Australian sparkling wine style! Ours is a blend of Shiraz and Viognier, and we have named it after the small flocks of endangered Redtail Forest black cockatoos that visit our farm regularly during summer.
2016 Une Rangee Petit Verdot
We have one row of this variety in our Whicher Ridge vineyard which we planted in 2005. Une Rangée is the French translation for One Row. Our Petit Verdot is made in ‘petit’ volumes with only 120 cases made in 2016.
2018 Elevage Sauvignon Blanc
The inspiration for making this style came about from a trip to Austria. Our approach to combine some barrel fermentation with an extended period of time maturing on yeast lees has produced a beautifully textured and intensely flavoured wine.