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97 Points - 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon | The Vintage Journal - Andrew Caillard MW

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The Vintage Journal with Andrew Caillard MW

The Vintage Journal with Andrew Caillard MW

Internationally recognised Master of Wine Andrew Caillard has just reviewed our core range of premium wines for the Vintage Journal. The Vintage Journal is one of Australia's leading platforms for fine wine and Australian wine history. Andrew is a recognised industry authority and we are very proud of this latest review of Gralyn Estate.

We hope that you enjoy the read and perhaps treat yourself to some of Andrew's recommendations. With International borders now open, we look forward to welcoming you back to the estate.

Gralyn Estate - Classic Wilyabrup
"The Lilliputian Gralyn Estate vineyards are wrapped by around 200 hectares of prime grazing and dairying land in the heart of the Wilyabrup sub-region of the Margaret River. The property borders “First Growth” Margaret River producers Cullen, Moss Wood and Vasse Felix. Its limited unirrigated vineyard plantings from 1975 include 2.5 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and just 0.75 hectares of Shiraz. This is classic Wilyabrup country comprising free draining lateritic gravelly loams over a clay subsoil. The vineyard was established by farmers Merilyn and Graham Hutton."

"Gralyn Estate is now run by their daughter Annette and viticulturist husband Scott Baxter. Most of the publicity surrounds their fortified wine portfolio which is a rare category in Margaret River territory. Gralyn Estate’s cellar door, on the Caves Road tourist route, is also an attractive hitching station for travellers and Perth weekend trippers. The exotic offering of wine styles is clearly harnessed to an eclectic audience of wine drinkers and loyal customers. This review of Gralyn Estate’s reserve and fortified wines, however, reveals a core of very high-quality wines. The 2018 and 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignons are an outstanding foil to each other and highlight the provenance of vineyard site and ageing potential. Despite its wine show success and accolades, Gralyn Estate should be better known in fine wine circles." 
Andrew Caillard MW - The Vintage Journal March 2022

Scott and Annette Baxter Owners, Winemakers, Viticulturist of Gralyn Estate in Wilyabrup Margaret River

Image: Scott and Annette Baxter  March 2022

2018 Gralyn Estate Reserve Chardonnay, Margaret River Western Australia
Pale colour. Classic grapefruit, white peach aromas with marzipan, grilled nut notes. Well concentrated, creamy and minerally with lovely ripe grapefruit, white peach, apricot flavours, attractive mid palate viscosity and fresh indelible acidity. Finishes al-dente firm with attractive mineral length. This is textbook Margaret River Chardonnay showing superb complexity and torque. Sourced from the Wildberry Vineyard, Wilyabrup.
Now – 2028 13.4% alc 96 points

2013 Gralyn Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River Western Australia
Medium deep crimson. Fresh developed blackcurrant, roasted walnut, vanilla, marzipan aromas with subtle bush-garrigue notes. Inky deep and gravelly in structure with lovely cassis, dark plum fruits, fine cedar, firm tannins and integrated mocha oak notes. Finishes claret firm, sweet-fruited and minerally. Nearly ten years old, but still youthful, buoyant and fresh with a touch of cigar-box complexity. Impressively balanced and preserved. What a surprise!
Now – 2035 13.2% alc 97 points

NV Gralyn Estate Rare Tawny, Margaret River Western Australia
Medium deep tawny colour. Fresh espresso, toffee roasted hazelnut, mocha, marzipan, aniseed aromas. Richly flavoured and complex with toffee, crème brulée, roasted coffee, roasted hazelnut, liquorice flavours, a hint of rancio, fine chalky textures, superb mid-palate density and fresh linear aniseed notes. Finishes chocolatey and round with the alcohol driving the flavours to the back palate. A reference WA style.
Now – 2040 19.0% alc 95 points

NV Gralyn Estate Artizan Rare Muscat
Medium deep. Intense dried plum, raisin, paneforte, caramel, crème brulée, shellac aromas. Complex, concentrated and evolved with plentiful sweet prune, raisin, caramel, treacle, roasted cashew nut flavours, fine loose knit chalky textures, lovely mid-palate viscosity and fresh persistent aniseed notes. Very long treacly, after-taste. A stand-out Western Australian Muscat with extraordinary density and potency.
18% alc 96 points



Gralyn Estate 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon awarded 97 points by Andrew Caillard MW of the Vintage JournalImage:
97 points - 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Our organic vineyard is in full flower

Our organic vineyard is in full flower

Our vineyard is looking vibrant in its final stages of flowering and in the next few weeks we will see berry formation. 

Organically and sustainably farmed, using regenerative techniques and microbiology we nurture and enhance our soil to build resilient vines. Our vineyard has never looked better. Biologically active soils interact with the vines roots to supply mineral needs on demand to improve overall crop nutrition. We see this at harvest time in the flavour and intensity of our fruit. Great wine really does start in the vineyard. Watch our latest video...


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Equal Top Wine - World's Greatest Shiraz Challenge

Equal Top Wine - World's Greatest Shiraz Challenge

Our 2001 Shiraz Cabernet has done it again! Equal top wine in The World’s Greatest Shiraz Challenge in the latest issue of Winestate Magazine.
[September 2021]

This award winning shiraz blend has aged gracefully - achieving 5 Stars and 98 points in both The 2015 and 2021 World's Greatest Shiraz Challenge. In the latest competition it was equal top to Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace - a great accolade for an 'aged' Margaret River wine from one of the region's smallest, but most highly regarded boutique wineries. 

SHOP - 2001 Shiraz Cabernet

"A beautifully matured wine. Makes you think of a comfortable old leather chair. It is generous and brooding and drinking very well right now."
98 Points Winestate Magazine - Worlds Greatest Shiraz Challenge 2021

“An exceptional group of concentrated wines.” Agreed the judges. “I have not seen a better flight of shiraz and syrah wines with such a lovely level of elegance and concentration.” said one judge. “These are not over extracted and show beautiful balance of expensive, appropriately handled oak, with the expressive fruit.” “Again the aged wines showed their pedigree, fabulous wines of great character and consistency.” Said another.
Judges comments, Winestate Magazine - Worlds Greatest Shiraz Challenge 2021

“Lovely example of the great Aussie blend. It is still amazingly bright and alive, beautifully complex with a perfect, seamless palate.”
5 Stars Winestate Magazine - World’s Greatest Shiraz Challenge 2015

“An awesome class of iconic wines. Here we see delivery of harmonious, intense wines with length and complexity but above all - drinkability!”
Judge, Winestate Magazine - World's Greatest Shiraz Challenge 2015

World's Greatest Shiraz Challenge featuring Gralyn Estate's 2001 Shiraz Cabernet - Equal Top Wine With Hill Of Grace and Grange  
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A focus on soil health, microbiology and organic principles

A focus on soil health, microbiology and organic principles

Friday saw the last of our Cabernet Sauvignon vines pruned and wrapped. As we move into Spring and temperatures rise, our vines respond with amazing vigour. A carefully curated program in our vineyard, focuses on soil health, microbiology and organic principles, to maintain vine health. We look forward to seeing this season unfold…

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10.30am - 4.30pm
Caves Road, Wilyabrup

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Best Experiences In Margaret River...

Best Experiences In Margaret River...

We are thrilled to be featured in the latest Gourmet Traveller magazine shining a light on the best experiences in Margaret River… Thanks Samantha Payne for visiting us and sharing our story… Spring Issue out now, pick up a copy and read the full article… 

‘The River Wild’ - A trip to Margaret River promises a wine and food lovers Paradise as the region experiences a resurgence following last years upheaval writes Samantha Payne.

Margaret River’s community and hospitality industry have always been tight, there’s new life flowing through the area as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen everyone come together to support one another and focus on what makes the area special.

The realisation that Margaret River would be closed to international visitors - and the rest of Australia - was a significant blow to locals, who rely heavily on tourists, the pause allowed them to think honestly about the services and produce they were providing to the public.

Scott and Annette Baxter from Gralyn Estate know better than most the power of community support. Annette’s parents, who first opened Gralyn’s door to the public in 1978 - becoming Margaret River’s first commercial cellar door - were largely unknown in the region before that.

The history of camaraderie within the area is what they’re celebrating with the upcoming reopening of the original cellar door space in September. “Annette and I are proud to carry the Gralyn Estate story forward, introducing another generation of visitors to the estate.” says Scott. “We are both excited to share our little piece of Margaret River history, giving guests an idea fo what it would have been like back in 1978, tasting the first wines in the then-emerging Margaret River wine region,: he says. Sometimes when change is thrust upon us, it is about embracing the old and bringing it to life in a new way.

Visit us, we are open daily #gourmettraveller

 

The Best Experiences In Margaret River - Gralyn Estate's Cellar Door and Fortified Wines

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Winter Pruning...

Winter Pruning...
Winter Pruning
The removal of old canes and wood from our 46 year old vines is a very careful process… Pruning at Gralyn Estate is not a race, all work is performed by hand; each and every vine requires individual attention ensuring we produce fruit of the highest quality.

We are half way through pruning our Cabernet Sauvignon and the cool wet winter has provided excellent dormancy and topped up our soil profile nicely.

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Late Harvest Cabernet

Late Harvest Cabernet

Late Harvest Cabernet

Take me anywhere! An alluring wine, bright crimson red in colour and full of flavour from our premium old vine Cabernet Sauvignon.

A vibrant sweet red wine for any occasion, with enticing aromas of violets, mulberry and blackberry. The palate is perfectly balanced, soft and full, with fine tannins adding texture - serve chilled

Available from our Cellar Door or online via our website.

SHOP - Late Harvest Cabernet

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Our Vintage Port has a long history...

Our Vintage Port has a long history...

Our Vintage Port has a long history… When we first opened our doors in 1978, our ports were a big hit with the surfing and fishing community. Gralyn was the first stop for many in their search for ‘something special’ along the raw and untamed Leeuwin-Naturaliste coast.

Vintage Port has the ability to age for many years in the bottle.  We have cellared each and every vintage dating back to 1978, preserving a piece of Margaret River wine history.

Our current release is the 2018 Vintage Fortified, (image below) made from Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.  Inky crimson in colour with a complex bouquet and silky palate of mulberry and blackberry.

Get in touch if you are seeking a special vintage year. We have a comprehensive back catalogue of wines available... info@gralyn.com.au 

 Gralyn Estate Vintage Fortified
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Two Gold Medals - Decanter World Wine Awards

Two Gold Medals - Decanter World Wine Awards

2021 Decanter World Wine Awards
Results from the world’s largest and most influential wine competition have been announced overnight in London. Our 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and 2018 Reserve Chardonnay have just won GOLD!  
Wonderful recognition for these two International superstars! 

2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Remarkably solid for a wine at this age. Cassis and fresh blackcurrant still at the fore with subtle notes of undergrowth. Still lots of energy.
Gold Medal - 95 points Decanter World Wine Awards 

2018 Reserve Chardonnay 
Super-pungent in style, with an alluring perfume augmented by gunflint, coriander and bay leaf, couched in explosive citrus, guava and glossy exotic fruit. Silky and fine, with a salty texture.
Gold Medal - 95 points Decanter World Wine Awards 

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Gralyn Reserve Chardonnay - Decanter World Wine Awards
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Vintage 2021

Vintage 2021

It was a wild ride to the finish line here in Margaret River!

We harvested our Cabernet Sauvignon over the weekend of the 9th and 10th of April with multiple cyclones brewing off the north west coast. We were fortunate to have our fruit in good condition, with full flavour and ripe tannins ready for harvest. We assembled a small team of locals to assist with our handpick and conditions couldn't have been better, it was clear skies and sunshine until the last bucket was lifted. Cyclone Seroja ended up crossing the coast the following evening, bringing 58mm of rain to the estate over 24hrs. The region experienced one of its most abrupt ends to vintage we can recall. We are very thankful to all those who helped us wrap up vintage 2021.

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