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Margaret River has courted this native grape of Portugal to make it, it's very own. Small wonder, as the maritime climes and sultry Indian Ocean breezes have blessed the vines with the perfect conditions to conjure up the heightened flavour profiles and quenching minerality that resides within every grape of Verdelho. Ashbrook is one of the oldest producers in the Margaret River and has been fashioning Verdelho wines of some profile for over a quarter of a century. The vines are fully mature and the vinication techniques are finely honed

Verdelho first came to prominence in the early days of West Australian viticulture when the patriarch of Swan Valley winemakers, Jack Mann, saw the potential of the variety for making fresh, lively table wines that were immediately approachable and aged beautifully. The development of the Margaret River saw Verdelho planted to cooler environments, permitting the grape to fully develop it's clean and frank nature. Surrounded by large eucalyptus trees, the mild, sunny seasons around Ashbrook Estate accentuate the fruit flavours and the natural crisp acidity of Verdelho. The vines have yielded grapes with exceptional concentration of fruit, vinified unoaked and unwooded, to express the vital fruit driven varietal characters

Pale green/ straw colour. Ashbrook displays varietal bouquets of orange and passionfruit. The palate mirrors the aromatics, the naturally assertive acidity of Verdelho complements the elegant flavours and gives the wine a refreshing finish. An excellent depth and fullness of fruit, Ashbrook is sure to develop attractive honeyed characters. But who can wait? Serve chilled as the perfect accompaniment to fresh seafood and spicy dishes.

A fastidious maker of consistently excellent estate-grown table wines which shuns publicity and the wine show system alike and is less well known than it deserves to be, selling much of its wine through the cellar door and by an understandably very loyal mailing list clientele. All of the white wines are of the highest quality, year in, year out. James Halliday

Fruit-filled but it's the structure here that sets it apart. It's not just acid, it's the way the wine organises itself as it rolls through the mouth. Apple, spice and melon with a grippiness to the finish. Deserves consideration. Drink By: 2017; Price: $24.00; Date Tasted: 01 Jan 2015; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 92 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion



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