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Vineyard: Pedestal

At the edge of a national park, right on the ocean, the vines of Pedestal vineyard are twenty years of age and sit at the highest point of the Wilyabrup Valley. Here, on top of the hill, there isn’t as much loam and the soils are faster draining. Whereas other vineyards in the region are northwest facing, the slopes in this vineyard are south facing. The vineyard doesn’t see afternoon heat, and takes longer for the fruit to develop, making more delicate and more intense Cabernets. The vineyard produces finer boned claret blends.

These soils in the northern part of Margaret River are iron rich laterite* loams with a good amount of gravel content, which drain freely and warm up quickly in the spring – vital for later ripening varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon.

Region:

Margaret River

From Cape to Cape, Margaret River is around 100 kilometres long and 10 kilometres wide. North to south, the sub regions of Yallingup, Carbunup, Wilyabrup, Treeton, Wallcliffe and Karridale all have their distinct characteristics, divided by creeks or rivers in much the same way the appellations of the left bank in Bordeaux are. Generally, the reds are grown in warmer northern vineyards of Yallingup, Wilyabrup and Carbanup. Whilst the whites span all areas, they tend to have more verve in southern Margaret River, which is defined by the influences of both the Southern and Indian Oceans, making a very unique climate for Chardonnay and aromatic whites.

Location:

Willyabarup, Margaret River Western Australia

Elevation:

100 meters

Orientation:

Southern Aspect

Varietals:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Semillon
  • Sauvignon Blanc

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'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