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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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36th International Chardonnay Tasting

36th International Chardonnay Tasting

The 36th Annual International Chardonnay Tasting was held at Cullen Wines on Saturday benchmarking Margaret River Chardonnay against the worlds best. Guests were treated to 24 remarkable wines from the 2017 vintage followed by a long lunch in the vineyard.

Thank you Cullen Wines for hosting such an amazing event and showcasing our 2017 Reserve Chardonnay.

We have released the last remaining cases of this award winning wine for purchase online via the website or visit our Wilyabrup Cellar Door.

Shop - 2017 Reserve Chardonnay

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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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Nominated for Wine of the Year - 98 Points

Nominated for Wine of the Year - 98 Points

2017 Reserve Chardonnay 
In the latest edition of Winestate Magazine our Chardonnay has been awarded 98 points and is in the running for Wine of the Year. We are very proud of this wine and it’s string of accolades. The pristine fruit is intense and layered with minerality, smoky oak and linear acidity which form a taut framework that hallmarks future greatness. 

A still amazingly youthful, fruit driven style with lovely flow and balance of pretty pear and stone fruit varietal characters. The acid backbone ties it all together.
98 Points Winestate Magazine 2021

Hint of bay leaf, snappy green apple and grapefruit to both nose and palate. There’s a terrific Margaret River purity of fruit expression. Purity without being a zinger. Some apple skin bloom and a vinous, wild lift to the finish. Very tightly wound, but pure and long!” 
98 Points Decanter Magazine - Exceptional

Big, bold grapefruit, peach and apricot aromas here with a gently flinty and toasty edge. The palate has a very composed, seamless and fresh feel with juicy, focused and smooth-honed peaches and lemons.” 
James Suckling

This wine has sold out at Cellar Door, get in touch if you would like to purchase... info@gralyn.com.au

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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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2021 Vintage - New Release Wines

2021 Vintage - New Release Wines

Wilyabrup White 2021
This latest release shines a light on the region's premium Chardonnay and Semillon grapes. It is an unoaked, off-dry, easy drinking style with enticing aromas of white peach, nectarine and apple. Pure fruit, finessed with a touch of sweetness and delicate acidity.

Other new releases on the website include;
2021 Late Harvest White
2021 Racy Red
2021 Unoaked Cabernet

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Watch our latest video - Wilyabrup Valley

Watch our latest video - Wilyabrup Valley

The Wilyabrup Valley is a place of unparalleled beauty where the forest meets the sea.

We have been farming this land since 1968. The Wilyabrup brook carves its way through the property and offers a vital source of water for the farm and habitat for wildlife.

In 1975 we established a 4.5ha vineyard. The vines are now mature - forty five years old, non-irrigated and planted on some of the finest gravelly loam soils in the Wilyabrup region.

The quality of the fruit being produced is exceptional, with organic vineyard practices producing grapes with perfect balance, intense flavour and fine ripe tannins - essential building blocks for great wine.

Visit us… we are open daily, we would love to share more of our story with you on your next visit to Gralyn Estate

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Decanter Magazine has classified the 2017 Gralyn Reserve Chardonnay ‘Exceptional’

Decanter Magazine has classified the 2017 Gralyn Reserve Chardonnay ‘Exceptional’

Decanter Magazine has classified the 2017 Gralyn Reserve Chardonnay ‘Exceptional’, giving a score of 98 points in the latest issue.

The 2014 Gralyn Reserve Chardonnay achieved an ‘Outstanding’ classification with 95 points...

The Decanter January 2019 tasting of Western Australian Chardonnay saw Gralyn top 60 of WA’s best

“Those (wines) in the top flight of exceptional were everything we hoped for from Margaret River: Beautifully crafted, powerfully expressive Chardonnays with complexity, fruit concentration, length, balance and ageworthiness”

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