Margaret River


Showing all 6 results

  • Cherubino Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

    £39.95

    “Larry Cherubino’s Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River does not disappoint in 2019. Aromas are powerful, poised and precise – blackcurrant, violets and fresh sage with caramel oak influences couched in nicely behind. Followed by a reserved and elegant palate, it is fine, detailed and beautifully balanced with exceptional purity of fruit and supported by long, fine grained tannins to a very impressive finish. The balance and blend of fruit and structure is remarkable and promises a long life ahead. Drinking window: 2025-2040. 96 points

    Larry Cherubino is one of Western Australia’s leading winemakers who manages to craft not only stunning single vineyard gems but also a wide range of wines at a variety of price points. Cherubino and his team source fruit from all over the state with Margaret River and Frankland River the source of many of their best wines. There is also a focus on clones in some of the Cherubino Chardonnays showcasing unique expressions of the famed local Gingin and Dijon clones. Cherubino’s finest wines are stylish and offer exceptional value.”

    Angus Hughson, Vinous (09/22)

    In Stock

  • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

    £48.95

    “The 2019 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon has admirable fruit presence in the mouth. As an immediate follow on from the great 2018 vintage, the 2019 vintage was cooler and wetter, but the average quality across the region was excellent. In many corners, the quality is argued as being on par with the 2019; it comes down to a matter of preference. Here, the wine is elegant and fine, very aromatic. It’s an excellent wine and a clear statement about the direction and refinement of the Cabernet program at Leeuwin. Drink: 2023-2045. 96+ points

    The release of the Art Series Chardonnay (in this case, the 2020 vintage) is tasted in this manner at the estate each year prior to vintage. This year, in 2023, we consider three verticals: Art Series Chardonnay 2020–1982, Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2019–2005 and the Art Series Shiraz 2011– 2021. In attendance at the tasting were siblings Justin and Simone Horgan (joint directors of the estate), winemakers Tim Lovett and Phil Hutchinson and estate viticulturist David Winstanley. As is usual for the wines from these vintages, the 2014 and 2018 Cabernets from Leeuwin Estate were standouts in this vertical. So, too, the cooler 2019 vintage. 2018 and 2019 are an interesting pair to compare, as I am reminded time and time again of their differences in style and personality now that they have settled in bottle. The two vintages were really quite different in conditions, and that, pleasingly, has yielded two very different wines in the glass. Personally, I have a penchant for the power and grace of the 2018; however, the aromatic detail and black heart of the 2019s is just as attractive, on different days of the week. No right or wrong. Just different. Though known for the Art Series Chardonnay, and for good reason, the quality of the Cabernets increases with every year that goes by (we can look to vine age, refinement of style, etc.). In terms of vintages to come, there is the warm and low-yielding 2020, the moderate but wet 2021 vintage, the warm and dry (and by all accounts and according to my 80+ barrel tastings) excellent 2022 and the cool, long, moderate and super fine 2023. Exciting times ahead for this region, and indeed, Leeuwin Estate.

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (07/23)

    In Stock

  • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2020

    £82.95

    “The 2020 vintage in Margaret River was moderate to warm and will be forever remembered for the incredibly compacted harvest period, which started two weeks earlier than the 2019 harvest before it and was all wrapped up by Easter—that’s largely unheard of. The 2020 Art Series Chardonnay leads with power and density, not unlike the 2018 before it. Tight and green in the glass, you get salted pear, white peach, nectarine, red apple skins, preserved citrus and crushed shell. The wine has minerality and tension within the confines of the opulent fruit. Staggering length, as usual. The winemaking remains relatively consistent across the years: hand-picked fruit from Block 20 and 22 (planted in 1976 and 1978, respectively). Thirty percent of the cuvée was whole bunch pressed to 100% new Burgundian oak, while the balance was destemmed, crushed and pressed to 100% new Bordelais oak. Sulfured post-ferment in order to discourage malolactic fermentation, both components remain in barrel for 11 months. Super wine. Drink: 2022-2047. 98 points

    The release of the Art Series Chardonnay (in this case, the 2020 vintage) is tasted in this manner at the estate each year prior to vintage. This year, in 2023, we consider three verticals: Art Series Chardonnay 2020–1982, Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2019–2005 and the Art Series Shiraz 2011– 2021. In attendance at the tasting were siblings Justin and Simone Horgan (joint directors of the estate), winemakers Tim Lovett and Phil Hutchinson and estate viticulturist David Winstanley. As is usual for the wines from these vintages, the 2014 and 2018 Cabernets from Leeuwin Estate were standouts in this vertical. So, too, the cooler 2019 vintage. 2018 and 2019 are an interesting pair to compare, as I am reminded time and time again of their differences in style and personality now that they have settled in bottle. The two vintages were really quite different in conditions, and that, pleasingly, has yielded two very different wines in the glass. Personally, I have a penchant for the power and grace of the 2018; however, the aromatic detail and black heart of the 2019s is just as attractive, on different days of the week. No right or wrong. Just different. Though known for the Art Series Chardonnay, and for good reason, the quality of the Cabernets increases with every year that goes by (we can look to vine age, refinement of style, etc.). In terms of vintages to come, there is the warm and low-yielding 2020, the moderate but wet 2021 vintage, the warm and dry (and by all accounts and according to my 80+ barrel tastings) excellent 2022 and the cool, long, moderate and super fine 2023. Exciting times ahead for this region, and indeed, Leeuwin Estate.

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (07/23)

    In Stock

  • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz 2020

    £32.95

    “The 2020 Art Series Shiraz is complex and dense in the mouth. It has considerably more fruit power and concentration in the mouth than the cool 2021 release tasted alongside. There is red and purple fruits, alongside a skein of shapely savory tannin. It is fully resolved and ductile, very good, almost savory (a very good thing). The fruit for this wine was wholly sourced from the estate Peppy Park vineyard, 17 kilometers south of the main estate vineyard in Boodjidup. The fruit went over a sorting table, followed by a five-day cold soak. There is up to 20% whole bunch in this cuvée (none in 2017 or 2019), and it is composed of 100% WA Clone. The wine was matured for 18 months in 600-liter demi-muids (Rhone and a Bordelais coopers). “Our priority is opening up the canopies to obtain proper solarization of bunches,” said Lovett.”

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (08/23)

    In Stock

  • Nocturne Sheoak Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2022

    £39.25

    “Nocturne is a boutique label by Julian Langworthy (whose “day job” is chief winemaker for Deep Woods and the Fogarty Group), and he focuses on Chardonnay and Cabernet in Margaret River. The regional wines are circa $35 and offer excellent value for the money. The single-vineyard wines are premium expressions of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. In this instance, I tasted the 2021 and 2022 Chardonnay and the 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, all three of which were impressive, as per usual for this producer. In particular, the 2022 Chardonnay shows tremendous promise—it’s delicious now, but judging by an older bottle of this wine that I opened a couple of months ago, we have very good things lying in wait for us, the drinkers. The acid is pert now, but this will ameliorate in time. Heartily recommended.”

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (07/23)

    In Stock

  • Cherubino Margaret River Chardonnay 2021

    £34.95

    “The 2021 Margaret River Chardonnay is aromatically opulent and rich, layered with toasty oak, stewed apples and a flick of custard powder. In the mouth, this is full, abundant, lush and long, with loads of custard apple, nashi pear, sandalwood and pastry. It is flamboyant, in its way. It is satisfying, verging on old school, but with clarity and flair. It is airy and warming, like a feather quilt in winter. 13% alcohol, sealed under screw cap. Drink: 2023-2034. 95+ points

    To suggest that Larry Cherubino makes a prodigious amount of wine would be both correct and a gentle understatement. However, he and his winemaking team (not to be overlooked or underestimated) are responsible for a huge number of very high quality wines, as are evidenced in this report. The Chardonnays are routinely made in a full-bodied, plush style, which is created by winemaking rather than later picking dates. The wines are enveloping, rich, balanced and opulent, in many cases, yet always classy. The Cabernets are often supported by a profusion of very high quality French oak. They offer cellaring propositions of the highest order, emphasized by Larry’s access to very high quality fruit and very high attention to detail in his vineyards. The wines included in this report are his Margaret River wines, but he also makes a collection of wines from the Great Southern. The “plus” signs in the scores here indicate that the wines will be better with time.”

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (07/23)

    Sold Out