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2023 Ephraim

Ephraim Mayo Clarke, Kevin John Cullen’s grandfather, property owner and Member of Parliament, who established the first winery in the southwest in Bunbury in 1896. Hand harvested grapes of the best blocks of biodynamically certified Mangan Vineyard Malbec and Petit Verdot were naturally fermented and basket pressed and then matured in 35% new oak for 8 months.

The resultant blend is 70% Malbec and 30% Petit Verdot. A naturally fermented wine with no additions other than minimal sulphur dioxide to catch the terroir of Mangan vineyard in Wilyabrup. The 2023 vintage was excellent especially for red and colour and this wine is no exception. No fining.

 

 

Vintage Notes

Vintage 2023 was a low yielding vintage which resulted in some stunning grapes and hence quality wine. In particular Cabernet Sauvignon exhibited the best typicity of varietal manifestation. The 52 year old vines consistently yield well year on year out.

The growing conditions until December were cold and wet and due to the negative Indian dipole and La Niña effects finishing in December 2022 we had an unprecedented dry spell from December until the end of harvest.

Small berry size particularly in white grape varieties produced beautifully balanced wines; Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, Cabernet and Malbec all outstanding.

Winemaker Notes

Vineyard:  100% Mangan vineyard

Varieties:  70% Malbec,  30% Petit Verdot

Harvest Dates:  23rd March – New Moon Super Moon flower day, and 30th March – flower day

Alcohol:  13.5%

Oak:  35% New oak for 8 months

 

Tasting Notes

Colour: Vibrant ruby, Garnet purple.. dense and concentrated Cellar: Enjoy now or for up to 20 years Bouquet: Dense flavours of berry, cherry, salty plum, violets Food: Lamb, venison, chicken Palate: Cherry, mulberry, salty plum, sage, thyme… This wine has rich fruit concentration. Delicious on the first encounter, finishing with a vibrant chocolate berry lift.

$65.00

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