Over the years Ashbrook have consistently produced a most drinkable semillon and this is another. Loads of deep tropical fruit held with typical semillon restraint. A trace of light herbaceousness and a little varietal citrus hangs in there to focus and define the finish. Really clean and flavorsome at the same time in the mouth. A lovely example of a style we really should drink more of.
A new wine for Ashbrook that marks a significant step up in approach and outcome. This is a chardonnay that captures the essential fruit quality that is grown on this estate. It’s been well handled in the winery to bring a layered complexity and refinement. Eight months on lees has introduced both texture and a nutty creaminess which complements the steely thread. Long and flavoursome.
Another significant step forward for Ashbrook. This excellent wine has small amounts of merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot. Hardly surprising it’s a very complete wine. The aromas show a distinct leafy perfumed lift with that cab franc playing a hand. The palate is certainly firm but there is sweet ripe fruit in there harnessed with quality French oak. Retains a smooth silkiness and it is a wine that will certainly benefit from cellaring.
Ashbrook Estate semillon 2015 ($24)
Ashbrook has consistently produced some of the best semillon in Margaret River. Great that they have chosen to stay with the straight varietal against the wave of
blended white alternatives. This is fiercely intense with a penetrating lemon zest and grassy character on the nose. The palate is racy with a zingy finish.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 6 years
Ashbrook Estate chardonnay 2013 ($32)
This appears to be a slight departure from the traditional creamy, highly-textural Ashbrook chardonnay. It is leaner and tighter with a distinctive precision that holds an acutely focused line through to the finish. Still has good mouthfeel but that balance of oak and fruit with the minerally acid is an impressive feature.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 7 years
Ashbrook Estate shiraz 2012 ($29)
Margaret River’s savoury and earthy characters are well to the fore in this strikingly good shiraz from these now mature vines. There are deep plum and mocha chocolate characters but the spicy savoury overtones really take control. The palate is warm and generous with excellent balance. This is a classy shiraz with the indelible stamp of the region.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 10 years
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