Smithbrook Yilgarn Red Blend 2005 (6 x 750mL), Pemberton, Western Australia

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Overview

Made from a blend of merlot, petit verdot and cabernet franc, The Yilgarn is a velvety red blend which represents a selection of the finest fruit of the vintage from the Smithbrook Vineyard in Pemberton, Western Australia.

Region:
WA - Other Western Australian
State:
Western Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

94 Points - "A successful medium-bodied marriage of the 3 varieties which ought to always work, but sometimes don’t. Here the components are deftly blended in terms of structure and flavour. Shows the ’04 was no fluke.” - James Halliday - James Halliday Wine Companion 2008 - January 2008.

88 Points - "A pretty, early drinking blend whose delicate presence of small dark fruits and sweet oak are backed by herbal nuances. It’s supported by a tight spine of crunchy tannin…" - Jeremy Oliver - Jeremy Oliver Australian Wine Annual 2009 - October 2008.

3.5 Stars - "Developed colour, minty green nose and cool, savoury palate that shows plenty of length and elegance." - Winestate - August 2009.

Winery Tasting Notes

The three varieties used in Smithbrook’s 2005 Yilgarn; Cabernet Sauvignon (53%), Merlot (34%) and Petit Verdot (13%), are all highly suited to the moderate temperatures and maritime conditions of Pemberton, typically producing a nice complex array of sweet fruit flavours balanced by savoury tannins. Each component was fermented separately in small upright fermenters, with gentle daily pump overs. The Cabernet and Petit verdot also spent an extended time on skins (up to 25 days total time) to enhance the wine’s richness and structure. After a brief period in barrel to undergo the acid softening malo-lactic fermentation, each of the components were blended together and matured for a total of 18 months. Just over 30% of the oak was new (equal quantities of French and American), with the balance made up of 2 to 4 year old French and American oak. A light egg white fining was carried out prior to bottling in February 2007.

The 2005 Yilgarn Cabernet Merlot Petit Verdot wine is always a bit closed immediately after opening, but with some aeration shows enticing aromas of mixed berries with Satsuma plum, dark fresh olives and a hint of spice. The palate shows lots of complexity with layers of soft, vibrant red and black forest fruits. Firm savoury tannins give a nice balance to the sweeter fruit flavours creating a delicious textural mouth feel. There is already a lot happening on the palate of this wine, which should evolve into an even greater array of complex aromas and flavours with a few years bottle maturation.

Vintage
2005
Region
WA - Other Western Australian
Grape Style
Other Red Blends
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
14%

Winery Profile

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The Smithbrook vineyard is located amongst majestic “tall trees” on a pristine hill in the Pemberton wine region in the south west corner of Western Australia.

Planted in the late 1980s, the vineyard represents the most significant mature vineyard in the region. The warm Indian Ocean to the West and the cool Southern Ocean to the south create a maritime climate.

Smithbrook focuses on two key varietals - Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot, identified as the best varieties for this region.

Smithbrook has a natural, sustainable approach to managing the vineyard; low-yielding dry grown vines, roaming Guinea Fowl to control insects and no harmful sprays all assist to grow balanced vines. Vineyard philosophy employed includes rigorous programme of heavy pruning, minimal irrigation and low cropping in order to increase the fruit quality of the vineyard.

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