2023 Sauvignon Blanc
"This winery in the dress circle of Willyabrup turns out savvies of generous build and flavour, rather than the sharp, tense and tangy kind. They’re great drinking early in life, and will go well with a broad range of seafood. 93 points. Buy." - Kim Brebach, bestwinesunder20.com.au Aug 2023.
"Has tropical notes on the nose. Tastes of ripe peach, melon and mango. Acid provides length on the finish. 3 stars" - Fergal Gleeson. greatwineblog, Aug 2023
Past Vintage Reviews and Awards
2022 Sauvignon Blanc
"A lovely savvy that has all the right ingredients – tangy gooseberries, cut grass, tropical notes and citrus – but wraps them into a softer, more generous frame than the savvies from Marlborough. The wine has seen some oak, and that adds to the texture, but there’s a fine line of acid as well. 93 points. BUY." - Kim Brebach, bestwinesunder20.com, July 2022
2021 Sauvignon Blanc
"One of the few straight savvies made in Margaret River, and always a pleasure to drink. It has the crisp, tangy gooseberry of a great savvies along with some time in oak to add complexity. 94 points. BUY." - Kim Brebach, bestwinesunder20.com, Sept 2021
"Light green-yellow hue with a fresh, young-wine aroma which has clean fresh-herb and citrus juice aromas, reserved and restrained. The wine is likewise fresh and simple with some pleasant varietal character, it's not sweet or particularly intense but is a very pleasant and well-made, ready-drinking savvy. I could enjoy a couple of glasses of this. 88 pts" - Huon Hooke, therealreview.com Sept 2021
"Livewire apples and citrus. Very tangy acid. sweaty, mineral fine boned perfumed musked oranges and lemons - tad of grip & smoke oak influence? 90 points" - WA Boutique Wine Show judges, Nov 2021
2020 Sauvignon Blanc
"A fine savvy that combines crisp cut grass freshness with substance; perfect balance between savoury and tropical fruit notes; morish. 94 points". - Kim Brebach, Bestwinesunder20.com.au Oct 2020
2019 Sauvignon Blanc
Nominated for trophy for best Sauvignon Blanc at Melbourne show
Nominated for trophy for best organic wine at Melbourne show
2018 Sauvignon Blanc
"From 24yo estate vines. A sauvignon blanc with above average complexity and mouthfeel, perhaps due to barrel fermentation in 6% new French oak. The bouquet has gooseberry and lychee notes that carry through to the palate which has a grilled nut undertone - 94 points" - James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au January 2019.
"Fresh, clean floral and passionfruit and peppermint aromas, the palate light-bodied and soft, balanced and easy on the gums, not high in acidity or intensity but a pleasant drink which finishes clean and dry". - Huon Hooke, therealreview.com October 2018
"This is all crunchy, vibrant, pure savvy fruit, and it's a cracking good example of how good this variety can be in a good vintage. Delicious gooseberry and lemon zip punch out some serious character. It's light-bodied and simply bursting with goodies. You'll love it and drink it while it's young - 92 points" - Ray Jordan, WA Wine Guide 2019
2017 Sauvignon Blanc
"One of the best Australian savvies I’ve tasted. Fresh and crunchy, tight and tangy, gooseberries and minerals, touch of oak adds a hint of cream, not a hair out of place. 94 points." - Kim Brebach, Aug 2017
"Still has some recent ferment confectionery characters, but the underlying quality is quite evident. Offers a well judged balance between ripe fruit aromas and flavours and the more herbal, citrus like elements of the variety. 6% new French oak doesn't announce itself as an obvious contributor, but undoubtedly provides texture and structure, and the refreshing acidity is right in tune. 93 points" - Steven Creber, winecompanion.com.au Nov 2017
"Lip-smacking fresh acidity drives this persistent savvy to a long finish, but the key is the lemony oak influence; not overdone, but there to add some important complexity. This is a lovely wine with a subtle creamy texture that fills the palate while the citrussy edge keeps it tight and crunchy. Leave it in the cellar for a few years to get something extra out if it. 91 points." - Ray Jordan, The WA Wine Guide 2018
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
"This has attractive orange blossom and fresh herb aromas and the ripe tropical flavours of mango, passionfruit and peach. Uncomplicated and zingy, and all the better for that." Peter Forrestal, Money Magazine "Best of the best" May 2015
"A punchy and vibrant bright savvy displaying characteristic tropical-fruit dominant aromas on the nose. The palate is fresh and crunchy on a light to medium body. A light herbaceous dusting compliments the fruit perfectly."
- 91 points. Ray Jordan, The West Australian, August 14th 2014
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
"Part barrel fermentation in oak is not obvious, if only because of the volume of varietal fruit on both the bouquet and palate; a very interesting wine with some of the lemongrass of Hunter Valley Semillon, but adding citrus and gooseberry to the sustained length of the palate. Excellent value".
- 94 points. James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014
"A crunchy and vibrant sauvignon with mineral and herbal characters on the nose merging into the lively palate. A little creamy oak adds texture to the middle palate. It's a wine that will benefit from a few extra years in the bottle. Cellar: 4 years"
- 90 points. _Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2013
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
"Pale straw-green; creative winemaking (10% fermented in new French oak) and high quality fruit has resulted in a vibrant wine, with very good mouthfeel to the intense flavours of lemongrass, gooseberry and stone fruit; a precisely pitched finish seals the deal. Exceptional value".
- 94 points. James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013
"Here's a wine that shows there is an alternative, and a very good one, to the sav blancs from New Zealand. It's designed to retain its fresh zippy flavours but the use of a little oak to add some texture and complexity works just perfectly. Nice mix of gooseberry and lemon zest with a little herbal character lifting the nose. It's that little dash of oak that is so important by adding a level of complexity into the middle palate. Cellar: 3 years" - 91 points. Ray Jordan, The West Australian Oct 18 2012
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
"Pale quartz; a touch of oak is perfectly integrated into the seamless palate spanning notes of herb and grass at one end, juicy citrus/tropical at the other; excellent line, length and balance" - 94 points. James Halliday's Top 100, The Weekend Australian Nov 19-20 2011
2010 Sauvignon Blanc
2009 Sauvignon Blanc
"This excellent current vintage wine is youthful and savvy. It's minerally, flavoursome and intense with an excellent dry, fine palate". Scoop, Spring 2009
"Part of a move away from anything remotely resembling Marlbourough Sauvignon Blanc; partial barrel ferment supports an intense bouquet and palate, with gooseberry and herb notes to the fore, grass and citrus in the background"
- 93 points. James Halliday, November 2009
2008 Sauvignon Blanc
"Grassy capsicum aromas, with more depth / ripeness on the palate; has length. Rating 93, drink to 2010." - James Halliday, 2010 Australian Wine Companion
90 points - Jeremy Oliver, 2010 Wine Annual
2007 Sauvignon Blanc
"Fairly full bodied, mineral, lime zest and chalk dominate the flavour spectrum; delivering impressive length and intensity (almost punchy) on the palate. Communicates effortlessly, great overall impression. Artisanal." - Spice Magazine
2006 Sauvignon Blanc
"Five stars: Spotlessly clean, no reduction; abundant passionfruit/tropical aromas and flavours, but balanced and sharpened by a twist of minerally acidity. Rating 94, drink to 2008." - James Halliday
2005 Sauvignon Blanc
"Oodles of passionfruit dominating a whole bowl of tropical fruits. A gentle squeeze of lemon adds a little extra tartness. The palate has excellent fruit intensity and length. Lovely mouth feel". - Ray Jordan
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