Australia’s pre-eminent wine authority and critic, James Halliday, has awarded Ashbrook Estate a five red star rating, an accolade afforded to only Australia’s top 8% of wineries. He describes the meaning of his five red star rating as "Outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity. Will have at least two wines rated at 94 points or above, and have had a five-star rating for the previous two years.”
Halliday says: "This estate is one of the quietest and highest achievers in Australia, maintaining excellent viticulture and fastidious winemaking.”
Established by the Devitt family in 1975, Ashbrook produced its first commercial wine (Riesling) in 1979. Only grapes handpicked and grown on the Estate are used and all processing, winemaking, bottling and packaging are closely controlled using the Estate’s own state of the art facilities.
Extensive use of the sophisticated "lyre” trellising system in the vineyard maximizes flavour potential and allows Ashbrook to produce only a premium label for each grape variety. All vineyard management techniques, including the application of composted mulch, are focused on the sustainable maintenance of excellent vine health. All grape picking and all vine pruning are carried out by hand.
Margaret River is regarded as the premier region in Australia for Bordeaux blends as typified by Ashbrook’s blend of approximately 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Two years in French Oak and two years’ bottle maturation produce classical wines of elegance, intensity and opulence. Complex, elegant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Two years in top quality French oak barriques and further bottle maturation have produced a wine of great style and character.
2008 has already been acknowledged as an exceptional red vintage for Margaret River and our Cabernet is no exception. This blend is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Two years in French oak and two years bottle maturation produce a classical wine of elegance with complex flavours and fine tannins, an excellent example of the Margaret River "Bordeaux" style.
||Australian Wine Companion 2016