The components of the wine – 83.9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11.4% Merlot, 3.8 % Cabernet Franc, 0.8% Petit Verdot and 0.1% Malbec– are identified in the vineyard and monitored in the barrel. As Peter Forrestal said recently “ Having lavished praise on the quality of the whites, I can’t help feeling that the reds are underrated. They’ve been pretty impressive for quite some time , but have been in the shadow of the whites. The red blocks on the vineyard are now 25 years old and show this maturity in increased concentration of flavour. New Release!
- WA - Margaret River
- Western Australia
Light ruby red colour; this is an elegant, well-behaved wine with pleasing red fruits to the fore, but needs more structure and texture at this price. Rating 92 - Drink by 2020, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (FEB/2014).
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2010 vintage followed a run of excellent years of reds in Margaret River, ending up being an ideal growing season. There was a touch of rain when needed, mild conditions with no extremes of temperature and moderate crops with fine flavour for cabernet sauvignon.
The fruit is hand picked, chilled and then hand sorted before a gentle de –stemming. Individual parcels are kept separate and fermented in a number of different ways including open fermenters, closed fermenters and short and long post fermentationmaceration. After this the wine was racked into French oak where it was matured for 18 months.
The result is a great Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Reserve. The 2010 is among the best produced at Pierro – distinctively Willyabrup in origin yet subtly different from similar blends produced in the area. It offers up gently brooding varietal fragrances and has greater concentration of flavour and more power than most, yet shows the
plushness of texture and approachability that is a mark of this wine.
There are ripe redcurrant and black plum aromatics, dense rich cassis, mulberry and bramble flavours. It is rich and smooth, finishing with a gentle grip from fine tannins,
Drinking well now but will age beautifully.