High on the ridge of Yallingup in Abbeys Farm Road, Brash Vineyard is in the wine appellation of Margaret River and sub region of Yallingup.
Established in 2000, the vineyard produces cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, malbec, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc on the 18 hectares of vines surrounded by natural forest.
The focus of the vineyard owners is to produce high-quality grapes that will find their way into premium wineries in the region, and more recently to release limited cases of single vineyard wines under the Brash Vineyard label.
Brash Vineyard is situated in the wine appellation of Margaret River, in the sub-region of the Yallingup Hills.
The Yallingup Hills are located at the northern end of what is recognised as one of the finest viticulture climates in the world — a gentle Mediterranean climate further enhanced by the moderating effects of ocean on three sides. These positive effects include a lack of frost damage in vines as well as ensuring cool, relaxed evenings over summer months when vines can rest from the warm to hot days that prevail.
As far as wine regions go, Margaret River is but ‘a baby’ in international wine region terms. It is only 50 years since two well-known scholars Gladstone and Olmo recognised this unique viticulture location. Quickly followed several Perth doctors who established the first commercial wineries and now more than 50 years on, the baby is growing into a stunning young wine region that is the envy of many around the world.
Margaret River has become internationally renowned for producing premium table wines, in particular cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. However the region also produces shiraz, sauvignon blanc and several other varieties at world class standards. Only producing 3% of the Australian grape crop, Margaret River does contribute over 20% of the premium wine made in Australia. The region has quickly become a wine and food ‘must visit’ for visitors from all over the world.
Brash Vineyard has 18 hectares of vines situated amongst towering jarrah and marri trees, which provide wonderful amphitheatres for growing vines, protecting the grapes from the elements of weather. Grapes grown are:
Cabernet Sauvignon 8ha
Sauvignon Blanc 1.6ha
The vines were first planted in 2000 and years of subtle adjustment now sees the vineyard growing each of our varieties on the site best suited to that grape type.
Situated in the Yallingup Hills, Brash Vineyard produces limited release, single-vineyard wines to showcase a superb viticulture site and the high quality of fruit grown for several of the regions larger wine companies. In four years of production, Brash Vineyard wines have won 2 trophies and numerous gold and silver medals. Current releases include cabernet, shiraz, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc.
OWNERS : Chris Carter, Anne Carter, Brian McGuinness, Anne McGuinness, Rik Nitert, Jenny Nitert WINEMAKERS : Bruce Dukes ESTABLISHED : 1999 VINEYARD LOCATION : Brash Road, Yallingup ANNUAL CRUSH : 20 tonnes VARIETIES : Chardonnay, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc
Such a beautiful expression of sauvignon blanc with a vineyard stamp all over it. Crunchy passionfruit and pear with a crisp minerally acid bringing it all to life. It shows how good Marg savvies can be, delivering surprising complexity and flavour impact. SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 3 Years
Brash Vineyard chardonnay 2016 ($34.95)
Striking and complex chardonnay. Notes of brioche, pear and cashew on the nose with a subtle char. The palate has a juicy richness while the oak and fine acidity hold its lines to a sustained finish. There’s just that hint of vanillin oak and stone fruit on the finish that gives a little more when you think it’s done. SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 6 years
Brash Vineyard cabernet sauvignon 2015 ($39.95)
Comes off a single vineyard up on Yallingup Hills. These vines now have a bit of age on them and it shows. This is a lovely cabernet. It’s so well balanced and poised with the integration of fine chalky tannins, super fine oak and smooth intense fruit creating a polished glossy palate. Still reasonably tight, but there is a sweet fruit in there. It will cellar for a number of years. SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 15 years
Brash Vineyard shiraz 2015 ($34.95)
A most impressive shiraz. Spicy with notes of cherry and cinnamon with a little black pepper and even some interesting black olive. Smooth seamlessly structured palate with fine supportive tannins. This is the style of shiraz that northern Margaret River does so well. SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 12 years