There's Cab Sav in them hills! And what's more, the hills are in the Margaret River - the Aussie epicentre of Cab Sav. This highly affordable wine is made for everyday drinking, and shows fruity aromas of blackcurrant and plums with hints of dried leaves and mint on the nose. The palate is soft and super-friendly with red and black fruit flavours, mellow tannins, and a dry, succulent finish. It's the perfect Friday night in wine.
The Dunsborough Hills collection of Western Australian table wines have two defining styles - whites which are essentially dry, relying on fruit rather than sugar to drive flavour, and reds where oak is restrained and once again the fruit dominates the wine.
Most of the fruit is sourced from four vineyards in the Margaret River region. In 1995 and 1996, 50 acres were planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Shiraz. In 1997 a further 50 acres was planted, more Shiraz and Semillon, plus Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Malbec and Merlot were planted in 1998. Verdelho and additional Cabernet Sauvignon are sourced from Willyabrup, in the north of the Margaret River region.
Viticulture is carried out with one objective - to grow fruit of the highest quality. Yields are kept low so as to get maximum flavour intensity. Pest control for slugs, snails and beetles is done by chickens and ducks, minimising the use of chemical sprays.
The wines are made at two wineries in Margaret River - Evans and Tate (Richard Rowe), and Flying Fish Cove. Some reds are crushed, chilled and tankered by road train to Watervale, SA, where David O'Leary makes the wine.