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This winery is kind of off the Margaret River beaten track but it's worth a trip down to visit them. Because they are on the southern edge of the Margaret River appellation, their wines reflect the cooler temperatures.

2006 "Rampant" White
A Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay blend reminiscent of Conundrum. Pale, sandy colored. It has a complex nose, you can smell the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay as separate layers. Taste is very citrusy, lemon, some kiwi and grass. Nice finish. Great stuff. AU$18

2006 "Five Ashes" Sauvignon Blanc
Very clear. Nice typical Sauvignon Blanc nose, slight honey notes nestled in the lime. Gentle taste, not too acidic. Plenty of lime and kiwi, hints of vanilla. A little bit of barrel fermentation comes through. Beautiful finish - very long. AU$20

2006 "Five Ashes" Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc
Very muted nose, can't get much. Very clear. Zesty kiwi flavors. Nice long finish. AU$20

2005 "Five Ashes" Chardonnay
Light colored, almost pale. Fruitcake, maybe almond on the nose. Pear tastes, very clean, light on the oak and malolactic flavors, delicate. Interesting layers of flavor. A very long finish. Well made, very approachable. AU$26

2004 "Rampant" Red
Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot blend. Brick-purple color, some opacity. Bit sour smell - burnt spices, tar, anise. Taste is very different from nose - nice plums & earthyness. Finishes with some coconut and vanilla flavors. AU$20

2002 Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
Brownish red color. Wet wool nose, prunes. Serious tastes of chocolate and peat. Finishes with more fruit. AU$26

2003 Shiraz
Kind of dull color. Nose has some mint candy in it. Cottony mouth-feel, milk chocolate tastes. Finishes with nutmeg and cocoa. AU$29

Posted by Bruce on April 11, 2007 4:44 AM

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