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A taste of Margaret River’s finest

By Halliday Promotion

20 Sep, 2019

Chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon are synonymous with Western Australia’s Margaret River. The five wines ahead represent some of the region’s finest, with straight cabernets, a couple of blends and a standout chardonnay.

Brookland Valley Reserve Chardonnay

2018 Brookland Valley Reserve Chardonnay

Brookland Valley's winemaker, Courtney Treacher is committed to producing exceptional wines from the remote and beautiful Margaret River region. Made from handpicked fruit from the estate vineyard, this chardonnay is whole-bunch pressed, barrel fermented and matured on lees in French oak for nine months.  

$70 | 2028 | Brookland Valley    

Domaine Naturaliste Morus Cabernet

2016 Domaine Naturaliste Morus Cabernet Sauvignon

Award-winning winemaker Bruce Dukes says this wine shows cassis, violets and graphite notes, also with tell-tale Margaret River mulberry showing through, and silky, substantial tannins. With mulberry being part of the region’s cabernet DNA, Bruce named this wine after the genus of the mulberry tree. He also says you’ll wish you had another dozen stashed away.

$89 | 2036 | Domaine Naturaliste

Fraser Gallop Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Fraser Gallop Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Clive Otto is behind this wine, using a number of techniques in its production in order to bring out the complexity in this single vineyard cabernet. With vibrant red and blue fruit aromatics, the fleshy palate is complex and layered, showing a high degree of elegance and finesse.

$50 | 2034 | Fraser Gallop Estate

Howard Park ASW Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

2017 Howard Park A.S.W. Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

This is the second release of this special wine, which honours owner Amy Burch’s parents. Think briary hedgerow fruits, mixed with rich plum and dark cherry, savoury herbs, exotic anise and pepper spice. Winemaker Janice McDonald has made this historic Australian blend from Leston Vineyard fruit in a rare combination for the region.

$100 | 2032 | Howard Park Wines

Cullen Diana Madeline

2017 Cullen Diana Madeline

Named after winemaker Vanya Cullen’s mother, who co-founded this pioneering winery, this benchmark cabernet blend has fantastic complexity and vibrancy. Layers of dark fruits, complemented by some herbal notes, create an elegant and poised palate. It’s silky, with blue and blackcurrant notes, and some cacao bitterness.

$129 | 2047+ | Cullen Wines

Find everything you need to know about Margaret River in our essential guide.

*This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.