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Rosily Vineyard

2012 The Cartographer

  • Gold medal - 2016 Winewise Small Vignerons Show

"This is one of my favourite Margaret River reds from a boutique winery east of Willyabrup. It’s a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, with the rest made up of Merlot and Petit Verdot. The 2012 is a more robust wine than the almost delicate 2011, with a fine tannin backbone supporting the blend of cool red fruits and French oak. The wine has perfect pitch and will get better for at least the next 5 – 7 years. Quality Bordeaux at a fraction of the price". 94+ points - Kim Brebach, September 2016, bestwinesunder20.com.au​

"A well-priced blend of cabernets sauvignon and franc with merlot and petit verdot. It has aromas of blackberry, herbs and spices and a rich, pleasingly concentrated flavour with good extract giving a textured palate which concludes with a balanced tannin grip". Score: 91 ★★★★; Price Benchmark $41.75 (avg for 91pt 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Blends tasted from Australia) - Huon Hooke, Dec 2016 Huonhooke.com

"A vibrant red with excellent fruit and extract. There’s no shortage of blackcurrant and red fruits aromas and flavours, and the fine tannins provide just right balance. ★★★★☆" Winewise, October 2016

"There’s quite a bit of gum leaf here, but in a nice enough regional way, and mixed with bay leaf and spice too. Red and black fruits set in a medium frame with some cocoa and black olive, light grainy tannin, clean acidity and a fresh redcurranty finish of good length. It doesn’t quite set the room ablaze, but if it did, then it would be a nice wine to drink while relaxing on a plump leather chair while watching the show - 91 points." - Gary Walsh, The Winefront, August 2016

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​Past vintage reviews and awards

2011 The Cartographer

"Bay and gum leafy, perfumed, minted red and black fruits and light vanilla oak. Medium bodied, crisp, lovely silty tannin, quite briary and twiggy in character, which may or may not appeal, with a pretty good finish. Franc rides quite high it seems, which is fine by me." - 91 points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, Jan 2016

"A blend of most of the red Bordeaux varieties. Strikingly complex aromas of spices and dark berry with a cedary oak influence. The palate is soft and generous with an earthy dusty feature. Black olive and leafy nuances bring another level of complexity to a well-crafted wine". 91 points - Ray Jordan, WA Wine Guide 2016

"The 2010 was something of a benchmark for this style and I loved it for its leafy elegance, but here as well the 2011 has more flavour: a wonderful mix of berries, soft earth and and vanillan oak. The wine spends 18 months in French oak, 30% new. It’s deceptive with its silky charm and perfect balance, and it’s just $23 at the winery". - Kim Brebach, August 14th 2015, bestwinesunder20.com.au

 

2010 The Cartographer

  • Silver 2014 Margaret River Wine Show
  • Silver 2013 Margaret River Wine Show
  • Silver 2012 Qantas WA Wine Show

"Leafy black olive aromas with an underlying blackcurrant varietal influence. The palate is seamless and pure with a minerally edge which captures the essence of this variety. Medium bodied and well balanced with a little tannic grip on the finish." 90 points Ray Jordan, West Australian Wine Guide 2015

 

2009 The Cartographer

"Leafy notes on the nose over a subtle black olive and blackcurrant aroma. The palate has sinewy tannins and fine grained oak in support. It's slightly dusty with a dry finish. An elegant and stylish cabernet blend" 90 points Ray Jordan, West Australian Wine Guide 2014

"Light blue fruits with lots of freshness. The structure, for the moment, is more forward than the fruit. (Well worth another look in two to three years time when a higher rating may result). 3 stars" CH'NG Poh Tiong, The Margaret River Report, June 2013_

 

2008 The Cartographer

  • 95 points ***** - Gourmet Traveller WINE June / July 2013

"This is a slightly more elegant and stylish version than the slightly plumper 2007. It's largely Cabernet Sauvignon although smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot play and important role. Leafy essence of Cabernet on the nose with cedar and blackcurrant and a little spiciness for good measure. The palate is beautifully elegant and finely balanced, with black olive and black currant characters threaded with fine tannin and some lingering minerally touches." - 93 points. Ray Jordan, The West Australian, November 10 2011

"Clear red, appropriately developed; an attractive medium-bodied wine in a savoury/foresty spectrum attesting to its blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot; the tannins are fine, the palate has good balance and length.. 92/100" - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2012

 

2007 The Cartographer

  • Silver 2010 Boutique Winemakers Show

"A Cabernet dominant blend with smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Abundant sweet ripe fruit floats effortlessly along the palate with a mix of fine tannins and silky oak adding support. Medium-weight with a fleshy sweet fruit middle that finishes dry and persistent." RATING: 89 CELLAR: 5 years - Ray Jordan, 2011 WA Wine Guide

 

2005 The Cartographer

"A good varietal Bordeaux blend, with elements of sweet black fruit, cassis and just a little hint of oak; medium-bodied, fine and well balanced. 92/100" - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2010

 

2004 The Cartographer

"A seamless silky blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The deep power of the Cab Sauv provides the foundations while the lifted aromatics and finesse of the Cab Franc adds some finesse and aromatic lift. Excellent wine." - Ray Jordan

 

2003 The Cartographer

  • Bronze 2007 Margaret River Wine Show
  • Bronze 2006 Small Winemakers Show 2002 Cabernet Merlot
  • Bronze 2006 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
  • Bronze 2006 Boutique Wine Show
  • 17.5 points, 2005 Sheraton Wine Awards

 

2001 Cabernet Merlot

  • Bronze The 6th Annual Wine Review Challenge (Singapore)
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