World-class examples of Shiraz can be grown in Margaret River, Evans & Tate senior winemaker Matt Byrne says.
“Even if vineyards of this pedigree are few and far between,” he says, referring to the Redbrook vineyard in Wilyabrup.
The vineyard produced the grapes for Evans & Tate 2019 Redbrook Estate Shiraz, which won the Max Schubert Trophy for Most Outstanding Red Wine of Show at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show.
The wine also won Best Shiraz of Show and Best Shiraz 2020 Vintage or Older.
The Redbrook vineyard in Wilyabrup is a 20-hectare parcel of land home to some of the region’s oldest producing vines (40 years old).
“The proximity of this subregion to the Indian Ocean provides cooling maritime breezes, offering ideal growing conditions for high-quality fruit,” Matt says.
“The vines on our Redbrook Vineyard have a remarkable natural balance in terms of vegetative and fruit loads, with the end result being wines that are perfumed and elegant but with enduring flavour, and a hallmark silky tannin that is effortlessly woven into the heart of the wine.
“When a vintage such as 2019 aligns with old vines in such a location, it produces a super-charismatic wine with sublime longevity – something that the judging team recognised out of the 2,500+ wines tasted.
“It is something the team and I are very proud to have achieved.”
Evans & Tate has won 17 trophies and more than 30 gold medals this year at national and international wine shows.
The brand is owned by the Fogarty Wine Group, which picked up 13 gold medals at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show.
The Fogarty Wine Group is a Western Australian-based, family-controlled wine group.
In just over 25 years, Peter Fogarty and his family have created a portfolio of wine assets across Australia that make up a stunning collection of wine brands from six different regions. They include Dalwhinnie in the Pyrenees, Victoria; Lake’s Folly in the Hunter Valley; Deep Woods Estate and Evans & Tate in Margaret River; Millbrook Winery in the Perth Hills and Smithbrook in Pemberton; and Lowestoft, Thalia, Strelley Farm Estate and Tasmanian Vintners in Tasmania.
Photo: Winemaker Matt Byrne in the Redbrook vineyard.