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Wine Styles

The Range
At Gralyn Estate we pride ourselves on the wide range of wine styles that we have on offer. The website Shopping Cart will allow for easy selection of your favourite wine style; be it dry, sweet, red, white or fortified. You will also be able to 'read more' and print the Tasting Note for each wine. Whatever your preference in wines, you can be assured that the same high quality parameters have been followed in both grape and wine production. As you browse the website you will discover the awards and accolades that bear testimony to the Gralyn philosophy – "an uncompromising pursuit of excellence."

Chardonnay Varietal Wine Styles
The fruit for the Reserve Chardonnay, Late Harvest White, White Fortified, White Chocolate Fortified and Coffee Fortified, is all sourced from a single vineyard, "Wildberry Springs," located in Wilyabrup. The grapes are exceptional and produce wines with great class and refinement. Many customers will recall the Gralyn Riesling styles (dry, sweet and fortified) however, the Rhine Riesling vines have been removed due to age, and the Wildberry Springs Chardonnay has replaced the Riesling, producing excellent results.

Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon Varietal Wine Styles
The Estate grown fruit from the old unirrigated vines planted in 1975, is superlative and producing some of Margaret River's most highly regarded dry red wines. They are superb examples of strength and finesse, with the ability to age gracefully. The same grapes are used for the Rosé, Unoaked Cabernet and sweet Cabernet styles, namely Racy Red and Late Harvest Cabernet - hence the superb flavour and balance seen in all these wines. The sweetness is the result of controlled fermentation, with the wine chilled to minus zero degrees, to stop the ferment and leave some of the natural grape sugar in the wine. These are popular wines, especially among customers who may profess 'not to like red wine.'

Fortified Styles
Gralyn Estate was the pioneer of port styles in the Margaret River region with the first Vintage Port made in 1978, first White Port in 1984, and first Pink Port in 1991. The range has been expanded to include nine different fortified wines. Shiraz is used to make a very small quantity of Vintage Fortified. It is an excellent wine, reflecting the age of the vines and the quality of the grapes. This style can be enjoyed young or cellared for many years to develop further bottle age. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are used to make the very popular Chocolate Ruby Fortified, from the owners' secret recipe - a taste sensation!
The Tawny and Muscat styles are the product of a solera system, which is a blending system of casks of wines of varying ages. The youngest wines are blended into a series of casks holding progressively older wine, resulting in consistent, high quality wines that all share a portion of the oldest material. These wines do not have a vintage date, as they are a blend of many years - hence the term 'non vintage' or NV. The Tawny, Classic Muscat, Artizan Rare Muscat and Museum Rare Muscat have an average barrel age that varies from nine to thirty five years. They have been judged as some of Australia's finest fortifieds. There is no substitute for 'barrel age' - they are the result of many years care and patience and reflect the passion and craft of the winemaker. The Trophies on display in the Gralyn Cellar Door bear testimony to the quality of these aged wines.

Museum Wines
Over the years the owners have cellared wines and ports from outstanding vintages. From time to time, small quantities are released from the owners' Private Collection. These wines provide a rare taste of Margaret River history - they are a Connoisseurs delight!

Gralyn Estate Margaret River Wine Styles