This is a wine that Cherubino makes with minimal intervention in the vineyard or the winery. It’s naturally fermented and designed to produce a subtle wine of texture and pleasing mouthfeel. Fine light brioche and citrus characters with a slightly mealy influence. Nice minerally cut gives definition.
The fruit is sourced from south of Margaret River at Karridale and Cherubino uses several clones including the standard WA Mendoza. It’s one of the lowest alcohol chardonnays I can recall, et there is so much flavour intensity and persistence through the palate. There’s a crunchy cereal and light minerally nutty character. It’s got such beautiful mouth feel.
This is back to basics winemaking and viticulture. The fruit is sourced from low yielding Great Southern bush vines while the winemaking is very much a hands-off minimalistic approach. Yet the wine has such poise and presence with a beautiful softness and richness delivered elegantly and effortlessly. Super stuff.
This is from both Margaret River and Frankland and it makes a compelling case for more combinations these great regions. It is so exquisitely balanced and with some much intensity and fruit concentration. Leafy blackcurrant notes with a slightly meaty character. On the palate she really comes to life with that deep and powerful intensity a feature. Tightly coiled oak and fine purposeful tannins lace it up perfectly. A wine with a great future.
This is a stunning blend of cabernet sauvignon merlot and malbec off the Riversdale vineyard inn Frankland. It is so bright and lively on the nose and the palate. Bursting with life from the brilliant fruit characters on the nose through to the juicy and plush palate. The tannins keep it honest and the oak has been neatly laced into it. Excellent.
Ripe, juicy and delicious. This is a mouthful of power packed flavour intensity that puts you almost into palate overload. Spicy blue fruits on the nose which is highly perfumed. The palate delivers ripe satsuma plumminess with an understated amount of oak. The ripe tannins help it along beautifully. Spices and cloves with so much happening at every twist and turn down a long palate path. Super.
Larry Cherubino Pedestal chardonnay 2014 ($25)
A lighter-bodied chardonnay sourced from this established Margaret River vineyard. It’s made with a degree of finesse to entice subtle characters from the wine both on the nose and the palate. Toasty cashew and brioche characters emerge from the nose while the palate has a steely fine thread of minerally acidity that carries long.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 5 years
Larry Cherubino Cherubino sauvignon blanc 2014 ($35)
This is a high-class savvy which Cherubino sources from Pemberton. That use of lemon oak works so beautifully with the high-quality savvy fruit. It retains a fine delicacy yet there is deep fruit concentration and power held with kid gloves through to a very long focused finish. Slightly creamy texture adds further drinkability.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 6 years
Larry Cherubino Cherubino chardonnay 2014 ($49)
Brilliantly crafted Margaret River chardonnay that combines power and graceful lines in a most elegant expression of this variety. Maximises the quality and power of the region’s chardie fruit but with such a high degree of subtlety. Lovely texture and mouthfeel with flavours of cereal and grapefruit working with a brioche butterscotch richness. Long and fine.
SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 6 years
Larry Cherubino The Yard Riversdale shiraz 2014 ($35)
So beautifully elegant and poised from every angle. This marvellous shiraz comes from the Riversdale vineyard at Frankland River. It is such a captivating wine. Scented and spicy notes on the nose with plum and licorice plus a little mocha and cinnamon character. The palate is luscious with a deep fruit concentration and power. Savoury with dry tannins and some dusty oak apply the brakes and hold the lines through to a perfect finish.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 10 years
Larry Cherubino Cherubino Frankland cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($110)
Superb cabernet from Frankland River. Has the soft generosity of the region but still backs plenty of weight into the powerfully presented palate. Blackcurrant and savoury plum with a little leafy tobacco edginess. Ripe supple tannins and smoky oak in support. It’s a wine with great breeding and poise and will reward extended cellaring.
SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 15 years
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