- Ashbrook Estate is one of the oldest established wineries in the Margaret River region located in the heart of Wilyabrup. Truly family owned and operated since 1975, all wines are handpicked and crafted from only Estate grown fruit. All processing, winemaking, bottling and packaging are done on site using the Estate’s own private facilities. 2018 sees Ashbrook Estate complete its 40th Vintage, one of only 5 Margaret River wineries to do so!
James Halliday says: “This estate is one of the quietest and highest achievers in Australia, maintaining excellent viticulture and fastidious winemaking.”
The 2017/18 growing season was up there with one of Margaret River’s best. Our Wilyabrup weather station recorded higher than average rainfall from June to September. Low rainfall, warm temperatures and moderate winds in October and November were perfect conditions for flowering and fruit set across all varieties while a rain event in December helped refresh the vines and was followed by dry, warm conditions, as was a mid-January rain event. Thanks to Margaret River’s quintessential cool summer nights and no heat events, maximum temperatures remained below average from early December until early April ensuring a steady ripening period. Ample Red Gum blossom and the application of nets kept the silvereyes away. The result, good yields across all varieties, slowly ripened fruit with retained natural acidity and elegant flavour profiles.
In the mid 1980’s a small block of Riesling vines was planted on a north facing slope of a valley intensely protected by natural bush on both the Southern and Western sides. The gentle maritime climate provides excellent growing conditions for this delicate variety and the site is perfectly protected from late spring storms and strong winds which can upset flowering and fruit set. Cane pruned and arched to force even bud burst, all fruit is handpicked and hand pruned. Composted mulch has been spread throughout the vineyard since 2007 producing exceptional health and balance.
Region: Margaret River, WA
95 Points - James Suckling
This is a beautiful riesling with sliced-lime and stone character. Flint, too. Full-bodied and dry. Beautiful finish. So much going on. Clear and vivid. Hello Alsace.... Drink now.
94 Points - James Halliday
Hand-picked and planted on a north-facing slope to maximise the virtues of the maritime climate, this has been a favourite Australian riesling since my teens although the pH could do with a calming hand. All free-run, a stream of quince and ripe citrus tones are flecked with ginger candy. The finish is long and mineral-defined. Taut. Needs time.