Wilyabrup, in many ways, offers the quintessential flavour of Margaret River cabernet sauvignon, the region’s celebrated red wine. You smell it, taste it immediately in the 2016 Cornerstone cabernet.
It’s like being air dropped into a local karri (aka, eucalyptus diversicolor) forest. The indelible scent of the Aussie bush, of bay leaf, earth and briar mixes beautifully with ripe red fruits, cassis. If ever there was a case of the terroir speaking through a wine, this is it.
Wine show judges can be harsh if eucalyptus/mint/bay leaf (it has many descriptors) dominates a wine. In this case, it’s a tantalising force for good, a condiment that elevates. And it must be said that while it is part of the tasting experience, the character acts in unison. Red and black fruits, spice, a light dusting of cedary, toasty oak all held in place in a net of fine tannins. The finish, long and clean, completes the complex picture. Longevity is impossible to guess but it is drinking very well right now.
Juniper Cornerstone Karridale Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 92pts