Our inaugural label - the 2021 Crofamiul Margaret River Cabernet
The first ever bottle, straight off the bottling machine, and hand labelled
The 2021 Wilyabrup Old Vine Cabernet is the first wine made under our Crofamiul label - for a brief history of Crofamiul Wines, see here.
The wine is 100% Old Vine Cabernet from an iconic vineyard located in the northern Wilyabrup area of the Margaret River Wine Region, just a few kilometres south of our home. The quite small source block is some 45 years old, having first been planted on Melbourne Cup day in 1976. The original plantings came from clones from Moss Wood, the second oldest vineyard in Margaret River, taken from cuttings of original Houghton Swan Valley clones. A wonderful pedigree. (A brief history of the early development of the wine industry in Margaret River can be found here.) The original U trellising system, designed by the then owners, still 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.
Part of the journey from vineyard to winery is shown below. Clockwise from left: Janet at the first de stemming; the four amigos at the second de-stemming; grapes arriving at Purple Feet; Ian crushing; spectacular juice; Janet & I in front of our barrel. The final part of the journey to bottle can be seen here.
Crofamiul Wines; nothing formulaic about them.