Woodside Valley Estate Margaret River
The Gunyulgup Valley near Yallingup is at the northern end of the Margaret River region. Here an exceptional new project is unfolding. Contrary to the accepted wisdom, the vines have been planted on south-facing slopes rather than the usual north-facing slopes. Production is currently around 1,000 cases, with 5,000 the eventual aim. Four varietals are made by Kevin McKay, each named for members of a French expedition that mapped Western Australia in 1801–03: Le Bas Chardonnay, Bissy Merlot, Bonnefoy Shiraz and Baudin Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are distinguished by their elegance and purity and a beautifully delineated fruit expression, though Merlot and Chardonnay want for more depth (perhaps due to the relatively young vine age). As good as they are, prices are high.
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