2021 Wilyabrup Old Vine Cabernet

For a brief history of Crofamiul Wines, see here.

The wine is 100% Old Vine Cabernet from a vineyard located in the northern Wilyabrup area of the iconic Margaret River Wine Region, and just a few kilometres south of our home.  The small source block is some 45 years old, having been planted in 1976 from cuttings taken from original Houghton clones, themselves the first vines of the Margaret River region initially planted only 5 years earlier by Dr John Cullen a little further south at the famous winery which bears his name.  The original trellising system supports the vines, and adds visual appeal to its functional character.  The vineyard has a north-easterly orientation, and sits on the high point of the estate at an elevation of almost 120 metres, which allows it to benefit from the cooling south-westerly breezes off the nearby Indian Ocean.

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The 2021 growing season was typical of the Margaret River climate; balmy, warm days and cool nights. Heavy unseasonal rain in January did not adversely affect the fruit.

The grapes were harvested at 13.6 baume on 10th April 2021, destemmed in the vineyard and then fermented for 8 days before being transferred to a Demptos Reserve French barrique (225L) , where it is currently maturing.

Under the expert guidance of winemaker Marius Mencel of Purple Feet, this wine has been crafted for a long and sumptuous life.  Alcohol approx. 14.2%.  It will be ready for bottling in early 2022.

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Crofamiul Wines; nothing formulaic about them.