Sunshine in the Vines at Aravina Estate! September 18 2017

It has been a very exciting month here at Aravina Estate both in the vines and with our wines scooping up a host of awards.

Australia's most respected wine guide, James Halliday's 2018 Wine Companion has recently been released for wine enthusiasts throughout the country. Aravina Estate is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a 5 Red Star winery rating alongside a number of outstanding reviews for our wines including:

96 points - Wildwood Ridge Reserve Margaret River Chardonnay 2015

"A very attractive, high class chardonnay with an effortless display of fruit on both the bouquet and palate, oak the messenger, but not the message per se. Pink grapefruit, white peach and a hint of cashew decorously fill the mouth; great line and legnth"

95 points - Wildwood Ridge Reserve Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

"Fragrent, with high-toned cassis aromas that replay on the palate, cassis again to the fore before French oak adds to the complexity and appeal of the wine."

95 points - Wildwood Ridge Reserve Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 SOLD OUT

94 points - Margaret River Shiraz 2014

"Both slippery smooth and peppery with black cherry, asphalt and clove notes combining to put on quite a show. Creamy oak adds velvet to the parade of savoury flavours. Tannin is beautifully massaged and the length is excellent."

93 points - Margaret River Vermentino 2015

91 points - Block 4 Margaret River Chenin Blanc 2015

   

Additionally the best selling Halliday magazine has included both our iconic wines, the 2014 Wildwood Ridge Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2015 Wildwood Ridge Chardonnay in their 'Red Hot and Rated' and 'WOW Factor Whites' supplements which highlight the top pick of current release Australian wines.

In 'A' Collection news our 2014 Shiraz Tempranillo has scooped up gold in the recent Perth Royal Wine Show and our 2017 Rosé has seen customers excited at its return after selling out of our previous vintage.

In the vines our Chief Winemaker Ryan Aggiss has an update on the upcoming vintages.

"It has been an amazing few weeks in the South West. A run of +20’C days and the vineyard is in full bloom with every variety except our Cabernet now through budburst and showing healthy green leaves signifying the start of the growing season.

In the vines we are 95% through winter pruning, with only the hanging cane Sab and the J block Cab to finish, and this generally coincides with viticulturalists heading to a warmer climate for a week to defrost…

We have good growth across all varietals, meaning we are about 3 weeks ahead of this time last year in regard to vine development. We will be mulching the entire vineyard to break down pruning debris and winter weed growth, and after this the estate will look amazing, so please bear with me while we get this done (Im aiming for late this week). Over the coming weeks we will be installing a roo fence and this will greatly reduce our kangaroo damage to both the vines and the gardens.

We commence our soil conditioning over the coming weeks and this will ensure we have sufficient natural minerals and assumable carbon to maintain healthy and living soil.

The winery is taking shape. By the end of next week we will have our next run of tanks installed and I will also be setting up our lab and tasting area. I expect to be fully operational by the end of October.

Its been a long week with some late nights and early starts as we have bottled some exciting new wines that will be announced soon. Keep your ears to the ground as you won't want to miss these small batch gems and the Botrytis Semillon is now being packaged in early October so not far away now.

I'm excited about the new SBS being released, it wont be long until we roll into the new vintage and it's looking like a top drop!"