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.
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.
Willyabarup, Margaret River Western Australia
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Sauvignon Blanc