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2021 Halliday Wine Companion Results

James Halliday has released his scores for the 2021 Wine Companion. We have 22 wines that have received 95 points and above!

Here is a list of these wines and their reviews:

2019 Cherubino Great Southern Riesling - 97 points

All the tightness, precision and intensity of the palate have been prophesied by the bouquet and reinforced by the aftertaste. Meyer lemon, lime and Granny Smith apple are welded together by the core of acidity that will underwrite the longevity of the wine. 

2019 Cherubino Porongurup Riesling - 96 points

There’s a laser precision to riesling from Porongurup as this attests. A touch of lavender to the citrus blossom, grapefruit alongside Meyer lemon and mouth-watering chalky acidity. Long, pure and classy. 

2018 Cherubino Margaret River Chardonnay - 96 points

Impressive from the start, offering the best regional flavours. Stone fruit, grapefruit, creamy honeycomb, ginger spice and flint; oak neatly in place yet playing a part. Complex, powerful and utterly delicious.

2018 Cherubino Gingin Chardonnay - 96 points

A real energy and drive here with a more linear, taut structure compared with its Dijon/Karridale sibling. Mouth-watering flavours of pink grapefruit, lemon with struck-match, flinty sulphides. Laser precision across the palate but there’s give, it’s not lean and mean. It has power and drive with refreshing acidity to the very end. 

2017 Cherubino Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon - 96 points

It starts out allserious and broody offering a hint of the savouriness with licorice, meat stock and wormwood. It’s full-bodied with densely packed tannins and yet, it doesn’t feel weighty. It unfurls with aplomb and while it’s a pleasure to drink now, time will be its benefactor.

2019 Laissez Faire Riesling - 95 points

A real thirst quencher thanks to itslemon sorbet acidity, saline crunch and zippy palate. It’s all about citrus flavours and is lip-smackingly good.

2017 Uovo Riesling - 95 points

The Uovo range has been a revelation despite the absence of any detail about it. Still, no better example than this riesling that has a beautiful acid line with layers of flavour and texture. Lemon and ginger curd, fresh citrus and plenty of juiciness across the palate with a dash of sweetness softening the finish. 

2018 Cherubino Beautiful South White Wine - 95 points

From the best blocks of sauvignon blanc from a selection of Great Southern vineyards. It was wild- fermented and matured in French oak for 6 months. It can be cellared for at least a decade. It’s a powerful wine, acidity providing all the structure required for this to prove true. 

2018 Ad Hoc Hen & Chicken Chardonnay - 95 points

The name refers to the Gingin clone that produces radically different sized berries on each bunch.
The result is a wine with great concentration and depth that will leave all other chardonnays at this price gasping for breath – there is a full panoply of chardonnay fruit flavours from melon to vanilla and white peach.

Cherubino Dijon  Chardonnay 2018 - 95 points

Dijon, as in clones 95 and 96 grown in Karridale. A mighty fine result. Moreish, savoury with grapefruit, pomelo, ginger spice and sweet oak influence. Fuller bodied, creamy across thepalate and yet reined in by refreshing, lithe acidity.

2018 Laissez Faire Chardonnay - 95 points

No shortage of flavour with grapefruit, stone fruit and oak spices. A juiciness across the palate with fresh acidity plus creamy leesy influence, but not too much. This only spent 6 months in new and used French oak but it feels more substantial. Very good drinking now. 

2017 Uovo  Chardonnay - 95 points

Frustrating not having moreinformation. Regardless, this is a gem. Tight, linear with a fine acid line yet layers of flavour and a real depth. Stone fruit, lemon with ginger cream, fabulous texture, almost chalky. 

2019 Laissez Faire Fiano - 95 points

Fiano can handle oak, but not too much.The back label states whole-bunch pressed and partial-barrel fermentation. It has more phenolic grip as a result. It’s textural and honeyed on the palate. Lemon blossom, fresh herbs with lots of ginger and spices on the nose.

2018 Laissez Faire Vermentino 2018 - 95 points

It has a depth of flavour often missing with Australian renditions. Sure it has the lemon saline allure, the camomile and blossom, but it’s the palate that stands out – textural, some phenolics adding a comment. 

2018 Laissez Faire Field Blend 2018 - 95 points

Gewurztraminer, pinot grigio, riesling and pinot blanc form the quartet. No information other than the back label claiming hand-harvested and natural fermentation. It tastes as if there’s been some skin contact, heady aromatics spicy and citrussy with the palate in tow. Well handled phenolics and a savoury, moreish finish. Love it. 

2018 Laissez Faire Syrah - 95 points

Estate-grown (Riversdale Vineyard); hand-picked and sorted, matured for 10 months in French oak. This is high  quality shiraz fruit handled with attention to detail. It is fragrant and juicy, long  and very well balanced. Texture and structure in a medium-bodied guise, and a cornucopia of black fruits. 

2018 Cherubino Frankland River Shiraz - 95 points

It has regional appeal aplenty – black–blue fruits, squid ink and black pepper; on first pour, somewhat hammered by lots of varnishy-sweet-charry oak. Yet all that fades with air, to reveal a vibrancy and plushness. Ripe, dense tannins and appealing in the end.

2018 Uovo Grenache - 95 points

This is the essence of grenache. Heady aromatics of florals, red fruits, musk and a touch of cherry cola, but it’s the palate that makes this special. Medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins and, while the fruit is delicious, the enjoyment is in its savouriness. Grenache in Frankland River is proving to be something special. 

2017 The Yard Riversdale Cabernet Sauvignon - 95 points

The substantial Riversdale Vineyard was originally planted in the mid-’90s, so the vines are relatively young. One can only imagine how good it will be in another 10 years. Not that this wine needs any excuses, it’s classic cabernet with blackcurrant, black olive and bay leaf aromas/flavours supported by firm tannins that are the markers of prime quality cabernet sauvignon. 

2017 Cherubino Rivers End Cabernet Sauvignon - 95 points

Percentage unknown but a blend of fruit is from Frankland River and Margaret River, the latter taking the lead: mulberry, earth, lead pencil and warm spices. Lots to take away and enjoy with its soft, shapely tannins and freshness throughout. It’s in the zone.

2017 Cherubino Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon - 95 point

Fruit sourced from Wilyabrup sites so it is full of cassis, mulberries, licorice and violets. A lovely start .A vibrancy throughout with finely chiselled tannins and bright acidity working across the medium-bodied palate. Approachable now and will reward the patient. 

2017 Cherubino Beautiful South Red Wine 2017 - 95 points

A blend of cabernet sauvignon and malbec from the Riversdale Vineyard in Frankland River. Shot with savouryflavours of licorice, warm earth and wood spices. There’s a flutter of leafy freshness, cassis with captivating tannins. 

Cherubino Frankland River 'Budworth' Cabernet Sauvignon - 99 points!

Nick Stock the Executive Editor of www.jamessuckling.com was recently in the Margaret River region and wrote “The 2018 vintage is one to celebrate and collect as wines come out on the market”.

He reviewed a multitude of wines from the region with 16 of our wines reviewed and rated. The 2018 Cherubino Frankland River ‘Budworth’ Cabernet Sauvignon received an amazing 99 points!

Below is a full list of the wines reviewed and their rating.

2018 Cherubino Frankland River ‘Budworth’ Cabernet Sauvignon - 99 points

Such impressive red plums and mulberries are delivered in bright, pure style here with dark, violet florals. Then there’s a wealth of savory notes, such as cedar, gun flint and cloves. It is so complex already. The palate delivers a very convincing array of purple-berry and plum flavors that completely coat the mouth. So harmonious, the resolve, depth and purity this wields is so impressive. Long and pure dark-berry flavors abound. Like a great young Cos d’Estournel! Drink or cellar for 15 plus years.

2019 Cherubino Margaret River Chardonnay - 97 points

Such a complex chardonnay with lime-peel, yellow-grapefruit and grilled-lemon aromas, as well as nectarines and white peaches. Grilled hazelnuts, too. The palate has a super fleshy and bold feel with a very intense, very long and juicy core of rich, stone-fruit flavors. Grilled-hazelnut finish. Drink or hold.

2019 Cherubino Dijon Chardonnay - 97 points

This has very impressive, flinty and fresh yellow grapefruit with white peaches and wet stones. The complexity is beautifully judged. The palate has such riveting freshness and concentration. The pithy peach and grapefruit flavors are so, so intense here. Long, fresh and deep. This is spectacular. Drink or hold. 

2018 Cherubino Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon - 96 points

Super deep, rich aromas of raspberries, dark cherries, blackcurrants and plums here with attractive cedary oak also in the mix. The palate delivers such depth and effortlessly rich, smooth dark-berry flavors fill the mouth, amid velvety, ribbon-like tannins. Silky and beautifully resolved. Drink or hold.

2018 Cherubino Gin Gin Chardonnay - 95 points

There’s density here with bold peaches and apricots, as well as dried peach and savory notes of biscuit, toasted almond and praline. The palate is very juicy, very rich and dense. This clone delivers such intensity. Good potential for this wine to age. Big flavors. Drink or hold.

2019 Cherubino Porongurup Riesling - 95 points

This has a beautifully crisp and dry feel with a wealth of very vivid notes of lemons, wet stones and hints of herbs and green apples. The palate has such freshness and verve and really strikes the finish cleanly. So long, dry and pure. Drink or hold.

2019 Cherubino Great Southern Riesling - 94 points

This has attractive mineral-salt perfume, together with dried stone fruit, limes and lemons. Flinty notes, too. The palate is fresh, lively and pithy with salty appeal and a succulent, juicy draw of intense lime flavor. Drink or hold.

2018 Cherubino Beautiful South Red - 94 points

Rich aromas of blueberries, currants, mint and wild herbs here with a very sleek, plush and juicy palate that trades on polished tannins, which carve a smooth, long shape. Fresh, spiced blueberry and plum flavors hold long. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and malbec. Drink or hold.

2019 Cherubino Pemberton Sauvignon Blanc - 94 points

Cherubino manages to get the absolute most from his sauvignon blanc. Intense green mangoes, peaches and limes are lightly glazed with some careful oak fermentation. The palate is beautifully fresh and layered with intense, lemon and grapefruit flavors. Long and satisfying. Drink or hold.

2018 Cherubino Frankland River Shiraz - 94 points

This has sultry, wet-stone aromas with fresh red flowers and spiced red plums on offer. Super fresh. The palate has a plush, succulent and juicy feel with a vibrant, spicy delivery of red-plum flavors and smoothly layered tannins. Fresh and alluring. Drink or hold. 

2018 Uovo Grenache - 93 points

A sultry nose with terra-cotta, gunflint and bright red-fruit aromas on offer, as well as some mountain herbs in the background. The palate has a very smooth, juicy core of raspberries with a sleek delivery of fine, granular tannin. Savory, yet fruit-focused style here. Drink now.

2018 The Yard Riversdale Cabernet Sauvignon - 92 points

An accessible yet impressive take on Frankland River cabernet with aromas of rose and red cherries. The medium-bodied, very plush and juicy palate carries delightfully fresh, charming red-plum and berry flavors. Drink now. 

2018 Cherubino Pemberton Chardonnay - 92 points

Attractive, toasty praline and lemon-butter aromas here. The palate has a smooth, fleshy core of nectarines and white peaches and some buttery notes to close. Drink now.

2019 Laissez Faire Riesling - 92 points

The most approachable of the Cherubino rieslings with a softer stance and a style that melds the intense citrus into pears and apples. Drink now. 

2019 Laissez Faire Chardonnay - 91 points

This has a fresh array of peaches and pears with a smooth, dry palate that delivers attractive, savory-pastry flavors. Drink now.

2019 Laissez Faire Mencia - 91 points

A complex nose with spices, fresh earth, fresh leather and brambly, redder-fruit aromas on offer. The palate has a sleek, fine-boned feel with an elegant, crisp, slate, berry and rose finish. Drink now. 

Taste Great Southern - TWO WATERS DINNER BY FERVOR

A 6-course degustation plus canapes by Fervor, with a focus on local and native Australian ingredients at the beautiful and iconic Emu point in Albany. An incredible dinner with guest chef appearance by Guy Jeffreys and wines matched by Cherubino Wines. 

Ticket includes a six course degustation and canapes by Paul Iskov and Guy Jeffreys with matched Larry Cherubino wines.

Sunday 29th March, 2020
5pm - 9pm
Emu Point, Albany
In front of Emu Point Cafe
Tickets - $165
 

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2020

Ray Jordan has just released his annual Wine Guide for 2020. Along with some brililant reviews Larry had the honour of being named Winemaker of the Year by Ray! Here's what Ray had to say about Larry:

Cherubino is one of the state's finest winemakers. Since arriving back in Western Australia as a precocious young winemaker in charge of Houghton some years ago, he has established his own label in addition to making wines for other producers such as Robert Oatley wines. He also consults for others, including Wise Wines, which has been transformed in recent years. Cherubino's wines have the stamp of class. They are polished and perfectly finished and he is not afraid to push the envelope in style.

Ray also included 6 of our wines in the guide which all received some great ratings:

2019 LAISSEZ FAIRE RIESLING

A great example of how Larry Cherubino as adopted a minimal-intervention approach with this range. Hand harvesting and sorting and then not much more. It’s minerally and quite spicy, with a dusting of bath salts and lemon zest. Restrained yet with lovely delicate flavours. Very attractive wine for the next few years.
93/100
 

2018 LAISSEZ FAIRE SYRAH

What a thoroughly gorgeous example of Frankland syrah from the famous Riversdale vineyard. This is made to be more delicate and restrained but a combination of a very good vintage and high-class vineyard pumps plenty of sumptuous, plush fruit into the palate. Minimal intervention and no filtration with only minimal sulphites. Seamless and textured with a fine gravelly palate. Just terrific.
95/100
 

2018 LAISSEZ FAIRE MENCIA

Unusual variety that is native to Portugal and Spain on the Iberian Peninsula. Plush fruit with a palate feel that is more towards varieties such as gamay or even pinot noir. Bright and vibrant colours and a smooth friendly palate. In fact, the palate is a feature. Just so soft and velvety yet there is a fine tannin spine for structure.
92/100
 

2018 THE YARD ACACIA SHIRAZ

Superb wine from this exceptional vintage. So much depth and concentration in the palate. Yet it has been deftly presented with powdery tannins, neatly weighted oak and a fine acidity to being the wine to life. Rich and delicious. Love the dark plum and black cherry flavours with a dab of spice.
95/100
 

2018 THE YARD RIVERSDALE SHIRAZ

A beautifully seductive and captivating wine from this excellent vineyard. Has such a wonderful palate structure, with silky fine tannins and fine-grained oak working harmoniously with the gorgeously vibrant fruit. There is a so much life and energy in the palate. Complex mix of liqueurs and spices make for great drinking.
96 /100
 

2017 THE YARD RIVERSDALE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

This is a generous and smooth expression of Frankland cabernet from a vintage that presented a few problems. Not that you would really know it from such an excellent wine. Deep blackcurrant and gamey characters within, plus a dollop of dark chocolate. Fine powdery tannins and a hint of oak. Bright and lively.
92/100

James Suckling Top 100 Australian Wines

James Suckling & his team have tasted and rated more than 2,700 Australian wines in 2019. Of those 2,700 wines we have had 2 of ours make their Top 100 Australian Wines of 2019!

2017 Cherubino Frankland River SHiraz

Vibrant, ripe and attractive dark berries with blue cherries, blueberries and cassis. The palate has pomegranate, pepper and red plums at the core with sweetly fragrant spices, licorice and pepper notes at the finish. There's a lot to like here. It really holds well.
96 points
 

2017 cherubino margaret river cabernet sauvignon

The blackcurrant, fresh herb, blueberry and hazelnut character is very impressive, yet this remains refined and subtle. Full-bodied, firm and silky with chewy tannins that are polished and so pointed. Beauty all around. Shows precision and polish. 
96 points

2019 Halliday Top 100

We were lucky enough to once again be included in this year's Halliday Top 100 with 3 of our wines making the list. These wines are as follows:

2018 Ad HOc Hen & Chicken Chardonnay

'The name refers to the clone that produces radically different sized berries on each bunch. The result is a wine with great concentration and depth that will leave all other chardonnays at this price gasping for breath - there is a full panoply of chardonnay fruit flavours from melon to vanilla and white peach.'
95 points
 

2019 apostrophe stone's throw white

'Made to measure for restaurant dining, but has a broader market because riesling is the dominant partner, and such residual sugar as there is in the wine isn't obvious. It's crisp, lively and jumping with citrus juice/citrus zest flavours.'
94 points
 

2019 folklore classic white

'A sauvignon blanc/semillon sourced from the Great Southern. Has attitude and drive, the fruit a shimmering bundle of passionfruit, citrus of all kinds, and Granny Smith apple. Spectacular bargain a la Cherubino.'
92 points

La Dolce Vita

This festive season we are bringing a little slice of the beautiful Italian summer life to Caves Road. Through the last week in December and every Saturday in January join us for 'La Dolce Vita'.

To set the scene we have invited the amazing Cassandra Charlick with her Italian jazz trio and Salento Catering of Pizzica fame will be there to serve up some delicious Italian fare. In addition to Cherubino wines there will also be a selection of Italian inspired cocktails and beer for you to enjoy perhaps while you play a game of bocce or two.

Running from 12-4pm from 26th December through to the 30th December and then every Saturday during January.

We look forward to seeing you there!

2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

The 2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards have been announced and we had a very successful showing winning the Best Sauvignon Blanc Trophy for the 2018 The Yard Channybearup Sauvignon Blanc. 

Along with this trophy we received 3 x Silver & 8 x Bronze medals.

Here is the full list of Trophy & Medal wins:

2018 The Yard Channybearup Sauvignon Blanc - TROPHY - Best Sauvignon Blanc

 

GOLD MEDAL

2018 The Yard Channybearup Sauvignon Blanc
 

SILVER MEDAL

2019 Cherubino Porongurup Riesling
2019 Laissez Faire Riesling
2018 Laissez Faire Syrah
 

BRONZE MEDAL

2019 Cherubino Great Southern Riesling
2018 Cherubino Gin Gin Chardonnay
2018 Cherubino Dijon Chardonnay
2018 Pemberton Chardonnay
2018 Laissez Faire Chardonnay
2019 Apostrophe Stone’s Throw White
2019 Ad Hoc PIP Rose
2018 Uovo Grenache

2019 Australian Alternative Varietals Wine Show

The results for the 2019 Australian Alternative Varietals Wine Show have been announced. Our 2018 Laissez Faire Mencia won a Gold Medal along with 2 x Silver's and 4 x Bronze Medals.

GOLD MEDAL

2018 Laissez Faire Mencia

SILVER MEDAL

2018 Laissez Faire Pinot Blanc
2018 LC Malbec
 

BRONZE MEDAL

2017 Cherubino Frankland River Malbec
2018 Laissez Faire Arneis
2018 Laissez Faire Fiano
2017 The Yard Riversdale Fiano

2019 Perth Royal Wine Show

On Friday it was announced that we were this years Most Successful Western Australian Wine Exhibitor at the Perth Royal Wine Show! Our second Trophy win for this show was for Wines of Provenance Best Red or White Varietal for our Cherubino Porongurup Riesling.

Along with these 2 Trophy's we won 3 x Gold. 6 x Silver & 12 x Bronze Medals. A very successful outing for Cherubino Wines. 

Here is the full list of Trophys & Medals:

Most Successful Western Australian Exhibitor - TROPHY

 

Wines of Provenance Best Red or White Varietal - TROPHY

Cherubino Porongurup Riesling 2018, 2011, 2008

GOLD MEDAL

2019 Ad Hoc Wallflower Riesling - TOP GOLD
2018 Laissez Faire Pinot Blanc
2018 Folklore Shiraz
 

SILVER MEDAL

2018 Cherubino Margaret River Chardonnay
2018 The Yard Riversdale Riesling
2018 The Yard Channybearup Sauvignon Blanc 
2017 Cherubino Margaret River Cabernet 
2017 The Yard Riversdale Shiraz 
2018 LC Malbec 
 

BRONZE MEDAL

2018 Cherubino Pemberton Chardonnay
2018 Laissez Faire Chardonnay 
2019 Cherubino Porongurup Riesling 
2019 Laissez Faire Riesling 
2019 Cherubino Great Southern Riesling 
2018 Laissez Faire Fiano 
2018 Laissez Faire Vermentino 
2018 Cherubino Beautiful South White 
2019 Apostrophe Stones Throw White 
2017 The Yard Riversdale Cabernet 
2017 Ad Hoc Avant Gardening Cabernet Malbec 
2018 Laissez Faire Syrah 

2019 Margaret River Wine Show

The results for this years Margaret River Wine Show have been announced where we have won a Gold Medal for our 2018 Cherubino Dijon Chardonnay!

Along with this Gold we have won 4 x Bronze Medals. Our full medal list is as follows:

GOLD MEDAL

2018 Cherubino Dijon Chardonnay

Bronze MEdal

2019 Ad Hoc PIP Rose
2019 Pedestal Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
2018 Cherubino Margaret River Chardonnay
2017 Cherubino Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 National Cool Climate Wine Show

The results for the 2019 National Cool Climate Wine Show have been announced. We are proud to announce we have won the Champion Chardonnay Trophy with our 2018 Cherubino Margaret River Chardonnay!

Along with this Trophy we won another 4 Gold's, 4 Silver's and multiple Bronze Medals.

The full list of medal winning wines is as follows:

2018 Cherubino Margaret River Chardonnay- TROPHY - Champion Chardonnay

 
GOLD MEDAL
2018 Cherubino Margaret River Chardonnay
2018 Cherubino Gin Gin Chardonnay
2018 Cherubino Dijon Chardonnay
2018 Laissez Faire ‘IV’ Grenache, Shiraz, Counoise, Mataro
 

SILVER MEDAL

2017 Cherubino Frankland River Malbec
2018 Laissez Faire Chardonnay
2018 The Yard Riversdale Shiraz
2018 Apostrophe Possessive Reds’
 

BRONZE MEDAL

2018 Cherubino Frankland River Shiraz
2018 Laissez Faire Syrah
2017 Cherubino Beautiful South White
2017 Cherubino Mount Barker Riesling
2018 Cherubino Shiraz Malbec
2017 Cherubino Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Cherubino Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon
2018 Laissez Faire Pinot Blanc
2018 Laissez Faire Field Blend
2019 Laissez Faire Riesling
2019 Laissez Faire Fiano
2018 The Yard Channybearup Sauvignon Blanc
2017 The Yard Riversdale Cabernet Sauvignon
2018 Pedestal Chardonnay
2017 Pedestal Elevation
2017 Ad Hoc Avant Gardening Cabernet Malbec
2019 Apostrophe Stones Throw White
2018 Folklore Shiraz
2018 Uovo Grenache
2018 LC Malbec

 

Matthew Jukes - 100 Best Australian Wines

The Sixteenth Edition of Matthew Jukes' 100 Best Australian Wines Report represents the finest one hundred Australian wines available on the shelves in the UK for the coming twelve months.
 
It is designed as a balanced, modern collection of all styles of wine, including sparklers, whites, reds, sweet and fortified wines.
 

We are lucky enough to have four wines included in this edition. These wines are:

2018 Laissez Faire Riesling

2017 Laissez Faire Syrah

2017 Cherubino Margaret River Chardonnay

2017 Ad Hoc Middle of Everywhere Shiraz

2019 Wine Show of Western Australia

This years Wine Show of WA results have just been announced and we have taken out 2 x Trophy's!! These are for Most Successful Exhibitor & Best Blended White for our 2019 Apostrophe Stone's Throw White. 

Along with these 2 x Trophy wins we have received 7 x Gold Medals, 14 X Silver Medals & 34 Bronze Medals!

Here is the full list of  our Trophy’s & Medals from this years show:

Most Successful Exhibitor - TROPHY

 

2019 Apostrophe Stones Throw White – TROPHY, Best Blended White

 

GOLD MEDAL

2017 Cherubino Gin Gin Chardonnay
2018 Cherubino Porongurup Riesling
2018 Ad Hoc Wallflower Riesling
2019 Apostrophe Stone's Throw White
2018 The Yard Acacia Shiraz
2017 The Yard Riversdale Shiraz
2018 Laissez Faire ‘IV’ Grenache, Shiraz, Counoise, Mataro
 

SILVER MEDAL

2018 Cherubino Margaret River Chardonnay
2019 Cherubino Porongurup Riesling
2017 Cherubino Mount Barker Riesling
2017 Ad Hoc Wallflower Riesling
2015 Cherubino Porongurup Riesling
2007 The Yard Riesling
2018 Laissez Faire Pinot Blanc
2018 Folklore Shiraz
2017 Ad Hoc Middle of Everywhere Shiraz
2014 Cherubino Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon
2018 Apostrophe Possessive Reds’
2017 Pedestal ‘Elevation’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc
2017 Cherubino Beautiful South Red
2018 LC Malbec
 

BRONZE MEDAL

2018 Pedestal Chardonnay
2018 Cherubino Dijon Chardonnay
2018 Cherubino Gin Gin Chardonnay
2019 Ad Hoc Wallflower Riesling
2019 Laissez Faire Riesling
2019 Cherubino Great Southern Riesling
2018 The Yard Riverdale Riesling
2017 Cherubino Porongurup Riesling
2016 Ad Hoc Wallflower Riesling
2019 Folklore Sauvignon Blanc
2019 Cherubino Pemberton Sauvignon Blanc
2018 Cherubino Beautiful South White
2019 Folklore Classic White
2019 Pedestal Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
2017 Laissez Faire Field Blend
2019 Pedestal Pinot Gris
2018 Laissez Faire Fiano
2010 The Yard Bimbimbi Riesling
2018 Ad Hoc Cruel Mistress Pinot Noir
2018 Laissez Faire Porongurup Pinot Noir
2018 Folklore Classic Red
2018 Laissez Faire Syrah
2017 The Yard Acacia Shiraz
2017 Cherubino Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Cherubino Rivers End Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 The Yard Riversdale Cabernet Sauvignon
2015 Cherubino Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 The Yard Riversdale Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Pedestal Cabernet Merlot
2017 Ad Hoc Avant Gardening Cabernet Malbec
2016 Laissez Faire ‘IV’ Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro, Counoise
2018 Uovo Grenache
2018 Laissez Faire Mencia
2017 Cherubino Frankland River Malbec

2019 National Wine Show of Australia

The results for the 2019 National Wine Show of Australia have been announced. Our 2019 Apostrophe Stone's Throw White has won a Gold Medal along with 1 x Silver and 6 x Bronze Medals.

The full results are as follows:

GOLD MEDAL

2019 Apostrophe Stone’s Throw White - Top of Class

SILVER MEDAL

2018 The Yard Channybearup Sauvignon Blanc

BRONZE MEDAL

2019 Cherubino Porongurup Riesling
2019 Laissez Faire Riesling
2019 Ad Hoc Wallflower Riesling
2017 The Yard Riversdale Shiraz
2018 Apostrophe Possessive Reds’
2018 Folklore Shiraz

2020 Halliday Wine Companion Results

The 2020 Halliday Wine Companion has just been released and we have been very successful once again. We have 30 wines included in this year’s publication with 17 being rated a Gold Medal (95-99 points) and the other 13 being a Silver Medal (90-94 points).

The reviews and ratings are as follows:

2016 CHERUBINO FRANKLAND RIVER CABERNET SAUVIGNON

From the estate Riversdale Vineyard, hand-picked and sorted, fermented and macerated on skins for 2 months before maturation in new and 1yo French barrels. Fuller-bodied than any prior Cherubino  cabernet I can remember, but carries its weight with grace approaching nonchalance. The bouquet and palate are equally deep in their expression of varietal character. The quality of the persistent, yet unexpectedly soft, tannins is a high point, and doesn't leave anything getting in the way of the finish and aftertaste.

98 POINTS

 

2017 CHERUBINO FRANKLAND RIVER SHIRAZ

Made from four clones, hand-picked from Larry Cherubino's Riversdale Vineyard. After sorting, the wine spent 6 weeks on skins in the ferments, matured in new and 1yo French barrels. It is very complex, ribbons of oak stretched through spicy aniseed black fruits and fine tannins of a palate that continuously throws down challenges to you. Should be spectacular in 10 years' time.

97 POINTS

 

2016 CHERUBINO MARGARET RIVER CABERNET SAUVIGNON

From several vineyards in Wilyabrup, hand-picked and sorted, fermented and macerated for 6 weeks,  matured in new and 1yo French oak for 12 months. The complexity starts with the fragrant bouquet and continues on the supple palate with totally beguiling and intense, yet light-footed, red berries and fruits.

97 POINTS

 

2018 THE YARD RIVERSDALE RIESLING

Hand-picked from the Riversdale Vineyard, its floral bouquet has wafts of spice, talc and apple blossom, the palate, with all encompassing drive and intensity as citrus and minerally acidity compete for  dominance. Neither wins, an honourable draw the outcome.

96 POINTS

 

2017 CHERUBINO MARGARET RIVER CHARDONNAY

This is from the cool Karridale district of southern Margaret River, and vinified in the same fashion as its siblings. It is as fresh as a daisy, bursting with energy, yet retaining focus and poise. Despite the expansive use of new/near new oak, the finesse and intensity of the fruit is more than a match.

96 POINTS

 

2018 CHERUBINO GREAT SOUTHERN RIESLING

Forged from equal shares of grapes grown in the Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup. While boasting layers of citrus-based fruits, it has a delicious silver line of acidity giving it vibrant flavours now, and more to come over the next 10 or so years.

95 POINTS

 

2018 AD HOC WALLFLOWER RIESLING

Wallflower indeed. The bouquet is full of high-pitched citrus and wild flower aromas, the palate beating a tattoo of drums with its intensity and insistent length. The name suggests it's a shy and unassuming wine, and I totally disagree with that. The value offered needs no comment.

95 POINTS

 

2011 CHERUBINO PORONGURUP RIESLING

Mid straw-green, bright for its age. It sets the scene for a Peter Pan wine, leaving you to wonder when it will ever reach full maturity. But that's looking a gift horse in the mouth. As it is, it combines a crisp mouthfeel, and evenly balanced citrus/apple fruit, retaining the delicacy it had in its youth.

95 POINTS

 

2018 CHERUBINO PEMBERTON SAUVIGNON BLANC

From the estate Channybearup Vineyard, wild-fermented, matured in French barrels for 4 months. The oak is evident on the bouquet, but it's the texture, structure and flavour of the palate that really benefits. The complexity comes from a gently smoky overlay to the fruit flavours, the mouthfeel softened and expanded.

95 POINTS

 

2018 THE YARD CHANNYBEARUP SAUVIGNON BLANC

This has exceptional varietal flavour, both complex and long; it's not obvious, but the wine was partially fermented in French oak, which hasn't diminished the fruit expression, but has subtly increased the complexity. Appropriate terroir, high quality grapes and good winemaking at work.

95 POINTS

 

2017 CHERUBINO DIJON CHARDONNAY

A blend of clones 95 and 96, hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, fermented and matured in new and 1yo French barriques for 6 months. It has the delicate touch that Cherubino uses with all his white wines. This is a baby, with fresh citrus and stone fruits to the fore, and will steadily develop in bottle through to '24 and beyond. Cool Karridale is an ideal site for the French clones.

95 POINTS

 

2017 CHERUBINO GINGIN CHARDONNAY

Identical vinification to its Karridale sibling, only clones (and terroir) separating them. This has more depth and richness, strictly the outcome of using this clone, the two wines making a classic wine masterclass, the other variable. The warmer climate of Wilyabrup compared to Karridale.

95 POINTS

 

2017 AD HOC MIDDLE OF EVERYWHERE SHIRAZ

A plume of exotic spices is threaded through the fragrant bouquet of plum and blackberry fruit, and the vibrant palate follows the lead with enthusiastic support. The texture and structure of the mouthfeel add a further dimension to a very, very smart wine. A knockout at this price.

95 POINTS

 

2017 PEDESTAL CABERNET MERLOT

From vineyards in the highly esteemed Wilyabrup district, matured in French oak for 12 months. The bouquet opens with dried bay leaf and foresty aromas, the palate picking up pace with similar flavours   given extra drive by ripe gravelly tannins.

95 POINTS

 

2017 THE YARD RIVERSDALE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

The substantial Riversdale Vineyard was planted as recently as '97, so the vines are relatively young. One can only imagine how good it will be in another 10 years. Not that this wine needs any excuses, it's classic cabernet, with blackcurrant, black olive and bay leaf aromas/flavours supported by firm tannins that are the markers of prime quality cabernet sauvignon.

95 POINTS

 

2016 CHERUBINO BEAUTIFUL SOUTH RED WINE

Cabernet sauvignon, merlot and malbec grown on the estate Riversdale Vineyard in Frankland River. From the opening bell of the bouquet, French oak makes a statement, coupled with rich blackcurrant fruit and dusty cabernet tannins. Bred to stay.

95 POINTS

 

2016 PEDESTAL ELEVATION

88% cabernet sauvignon, 12% malbec, planted in '98 at the highest point of the Wilyabrup Valley, hand-picked from specific rows, the parcels berry-sorted, matured in French oak for 12 months and held in bottle for a further 12 months before release. There's a lot of wine here, and further time (2-3 years) will be repaid with interest.

95 POINTS

 

2018 Cherubino Porongurup Riesling - 94 points

2017 Laissez Faire Chardonnay - 94 points

2018 Ad Hoc PIP Rose - 94 points

2017 The Yard Riversdale Shiraz - 94 points

2018 Laissez Faire Riesling - 93 points

2018 Pedestal Semillon Sauvignon Blanc - 93 points

2016 Cherubino Rivers End Cabernet Sauvignon - 93 points

2018 Apostrophe Stones Throw White - 92 points

2017 Laissez Faire Syrah - 92 points

2018 Ad Hoc Strawman Sauvignon Blanc Semillon - 91 points

2018 Laissez Faire Fiano - 91 points

2018 Laissez Faire Pinot Blanc - 91 points

2017 The Yard Acacia Shiraz - 91 points

Australian Single Vineyard Wine Show - 3 x Trophy Winner!

The results for the 2019 Australian Single Vineyard Wine Show have been published and we are very excited to announce we have won 3 x Trophies!!  

MOST SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITOR

Larry Cherubino Wines

BEST WHITE OTHER VARIETY TROPHY   

2018 The Yard Channybearup Sauvignon Blanc

BEST SHIRAZ TROPHY

2018 Laissez Faire Syrah

Along with these Trophies we also won a total of 15 medals, 4 of these being gold:

GOLD MEDAL 

2018 The Yard Channybearup Sauvignon Blanc 
2018 Laissez Faire Syrah
2018 Cherubino Margaret River Chardonnay
2018 Laissez Faire IV Blend
 

SILVER MEDAL 

2018 Cherubino Dijon Chardonnay
2019 Cherubino Porongurup Riesling
2018 UOVO Grenache
 

BRONZE MEDAL

2018 The Yard Riversdale Riesling
2018 Cherubino Porongurup Riesling
2017 Cherubino Margaret River Semillon
2017 Cherubino Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 The Yard Riversdale Cabernet Sauvignon
2018 The Yard Acacia Shiraz
2018 Laissez Faire Mencia
2017 Cherubino Beautiful South Red

Biggest Australian Wine Tasting ever

Four locations, six states, more than 2,700 wines rated and countless winery visits and meetings later, James Suckling, Nick Stock & Jack Suckling traveled thousands of kilometers from Perth to Sydney in a three-week tasting tour that encompassed the wines from the very best producers across Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales.

The #realaussiewine mission they set themselves was clearly stated from the beginning: rate the best and most authentic Australian wine on offer.

Without question the biggest change to the landscape of Australian wine is a redefined idea of quality that is founded, defined and delivered by the vineyard and not by winemaking or in the winery. This idea underscores the true, the great and the #realaussiewines of today.

We were lucky enough to have 13 of our wines rated in this tasting. The results are as follows:

2017 Cherubino Frankland River Shiraz - 96 points
2018 Cherubino Porongurup Riesling - 96 points
2017 Cherubino Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon - 96 points
2013 Cherubino Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon - 96 points
2018 Cherubino Margaret River Chardonnay - 95 points
2018 Cherubino Dijon Chardonnay - 95 points
2018 Laissez Faire IV Blend - 94 points
2018 Laissez Faire Syrah - 94 points
2017 Cherubino Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon - 93 points
2017 The Yard Riversdale Cabernet Sauvignon - 93 points
2018 Laissez Faire Pemberton Pinot Noir - 93 points
2018 The Yard Acacia Shiraz - 92 points
2018 Cherubino Pemberton Sauvignon Blanc - 91 points

Dieline Awards - 1st Place!

The Dieline Awards recognise the absolute best in consumer packaging design world wide. Last week the winners were announced and Uovo was awarded first place in its category out of 1450 entries - not bad for a little egg from W.A.! A huge thank you and congratulations to Denomination Design for the label.

Wine Show of WA - Most Successful Exhibitor!

Last Friday at the Wine Show of WA Awards held in Mount Barker, we were named the Most Successful Exhibitor for 2018! We received 38 Awards in total including 5 Gold, 9 Silver and 24 Bronze. The following wines were awarded Gold:
 

2016 Cherubino Margaret River Chardonnay

2018 Cherubino Porongurup Riesling

2007 The Yard Riesling

2018 The Yard Channybearup Sauvignon Blanc

2017 Ad Hoc Middle of Everywhere Shiraz

 
A huge congratulations to the Winemaking and Viticulture team!
 

Pictured - Winemakers Matt Buchan, Andrew Siddell & Tarun Victor-Gordon

Halliday Top 100

We were lucky enough to be included in this year's Halliday Top 100 with 3 of our wines making the list. The following wines were all awarded 95 points:                                                          

2018 The Yard Channybearup Sauvignon Blanc

2017 Ad Hoc Middle of Everywhere Shiraz

2018 Ad Hoc Wallflower Riesling                                                    

 

 

 

 

 

A Perfect 10 in The Weekend Australian

Our cellar door made the Weekend Australian's top 10 best places to visit in the Margaret River region. Jennifer Ennion wrote the article; we've pasted the relevant bits in this PDF.

Feature article in Sunday Times

Gail Williams has written a four page article about us in the Sunday Times. Click here to read it in full.

Larry Cherubino Wines listed as one of the world's Top 50 Wine Experiences

We're pleased to have been listed as one of the best wine travel experiences in the world by Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine! If you're interested in sampling any of the rare and/or back vintages mentioned in the article, we look forward to hosting you at our Margaret River cellar door.

Summer in Calabria by Natalina Cherubino

Inspired by a love of fresh ingredients, her grandchildren and the joy of cooking for others, Natalina has compiled her story into 370 pages of memories and photographs with over 60 recipes from the heart.

Summer in Calabria' tells the story of Natalina's return to the remote southern Italian village of La Rocca, where she was born. After nearly six decades of living in Australia, Natalina knew she had come home.

Reviews

"Natalina's recipes come from the heart. They are authentic and celebrate her love of fresh, local produce." - Guy Grossi

"This book of memories and recipes charmingly illustrates Natalina's strong ties to Calabria." - Antonio Carluccio, OBE OMRI

Click here to purchase

Larry Cherubino Wines shine at the 2017 Qantas epiQure Halliday Wine Companion Awards

Halliday has spoken, and once again it’s excellent news for Western Australian wine, with Larry Cherubino Wines awarded Best Value Winery of the Year in the 2017 Qantas epiQure Halliday Wine Companion Awards. Recognised as one of the Australian wine industry’s highest honours, Halliday’s Best Value Winery award recognises producers whose portfolio confidently displays that most holy of unions – outstanding wines and great value for money. Click here for the full story and our James Halliday's Wine Companion ratings  >

FOUR the love of Wine

Larry’s wines were presented at a James Halliday led tasting at Vue De Monde in Melbourne, and Quay Restaurant in Sydney alongside Robert Oatley and Charles Heidsieck wines. 

'Best Value Winery 2017' James Halliday Wine Companion

'Winery of the Year 2011' James Halliday Wine Companion

'Producer of the Year 2011' Matt Skinner's Wine Guide

Finalist ‘Winemaker of the Year 2009’ Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine

Listed as one of the ‘Ten Best New Wineries in Australia’ & five star rating 2009 and 2010 James Halliday Wine Companion

Finalist ‘Winemaker of the Year 2003’ Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine

Nominated ‘Best Young Australian Winemaker 2004’ Decanter Magazine

Awarded ‘Winemaker of the Year 2003/2004’ Guide to Western Australian Wine 2005

Nominated ‘International Winemaker of the Year 2003’ International Wine and Spirit Competition

Finalist ‘Winemaker of the Year 2009’ Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine

Nominated ‘Best Young Australian Winemaker 2004’ Decanter Magazine