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Ashbrook Estate Shiraz

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Ashbrook Estate typify the modern Margaret River winery that quietly over-achieve by making wines that are regional, varietal and critically acclaimed. Indeed, wine critic James Halliday has described Ashbrook as making wines that are “elegant, understated and underpriced.” Proving Shiraz from the Margaret River is elegant this wine shows a soft, silky texture imbued with the essence of raspberries to produce an attractive, easy drinking red that’s food-friendly and moreish.

Winemaker's Notes

2013 Vintage: With almost ideal weather conditions for whites exceptional fruit has been produced showing intense varietal flavours that are typical Margaret River. Aromatic varieties were outstanding with fresh citrus, lemon blossom and stone fruit on the nose and palate balanced off by crisp acidity. The temperature cooled off toward the end of February providing ideal weather conditions for the red varietals to fully ripen their flavour profiles and tannins. Once again there was a huge amount of Marri blossom leading into vintage therefore Silvereye bird damage was minimal. Flavour intensity was further benefited by the fact that cropping levels were reduced by around 30% across the region due to storms in early spring.

Vineyard: With the climate north of the Margaret River townsite being ideal for producing a Rhone style red, Ashbrook planted Shiraz in 1998. The vines were trellised on a lyre system and cane pruned to promote canopy/fruit balance, uniform sunlight penetration, eliminate green characters and allow for optimum flavour and tannin ripeness. As part of Ashbrook’s desire to follow an organic grape growing approach, the vineyard is liberally composted at a rate of 10m3/ha. This has occurred each year in late winter/early spring since 2006 and has been important in preventing soil acidification as well as promoting beneficial microbial activity.

Tasting notes: Hand-picked over 2 weeks the berries are cold soaked, gently plunged and temperature controlled in 4 tonne parcels in open fermenters for gentle and full extraction. The wine is matured in 100% French oak barriques (26% new) for 2 years, then further stored in our underground climate controlled cellar for 18 months before release. The inviting nose bursts with ripe raspberry, redcurrant and cherry plum fruit leather aromas with hints of violet and sweet spice. Fine tannins, a succulent depth of flavour and balanced acidity result in a wine that is extremely easy to drink and a wonderful food wine. An exciting wine to lie down too!

Reviews & Accolades:
Gold Medal - 2016 Margaret River Wine Show
Gold Medal - 2017 Sakura Wine Show Japan

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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Ashbrook Estate Shiraz

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Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
A product of a very ripe arm year in Margaret River. It shows clearly in the wine which is soft and generous on the palate brimming with lush slightly savoury fruit that reveals some subtle spicy characters as well. A wine that is a joy to drink now but would handle a few more years in the cellar.
The West Australian Wine Guide
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Expected colour development; the fragrant red fruit bouquet leads into a vibrant, medium-bodied palate with more of those red fruits, finishing with superfine tannins and a blessing of French oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
In the typically elegant, light- to medium-bodied style of the estate; plum, blackberry, black cherry and spice flavours with a subtle infusion of French oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Ray Jordan (2004 Vintage) says
This is the best example of this variety yet from these guys. It's powerful but with finesse and poise displaying nice primary plummy fruit and a touch of complex savouriness. Right in the groove for the Margaret River style.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Spotlessly clean and fragrant mix of cherry, raspberry, blackberry and spice; medium-bodied with fine tannins and well-integrated oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Elegant, medium-bodied; delicious satsuma plum, raspberry and cherry fruit; fine, ripe tannins; subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005

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