Margaret River is effectively surrounded on three sides of ocean. It’s a little cape that pops out into the middle of a big cold ocean. In a Mediterranean climate, we have a warm dry summer but we have a cool wet winter. We have phenomenal rain during the winter months. We recharge the ground. We recharge all the organic matter in the soil. And then spring comes along and we have a beautiful warm dry summer where the grapevines just love it. They grow to a beautiful canopy size. Then as the season tapers off, and the ground dries out, the grapes start to ripen. The breeze cools those grapes and preserves their fruit flavours. So you end up with a vibrancy of fruit here. Every varietal tastes like a distinctive grape. Chardonnay tastes like Chardonnay, Cabernet tastes like Cabernet. It’s phenomenal, the preservation of characteristics.
Also most vineyards are surrounded by beautiful natural forest environments, where you’ve got birds, trees, a recharged natural environment with little vineyards popped amongst them. Margaret River is in a unique place in the world. There is no other place with that incredible Southern Ocean influence where you’ve got the westerlies coming across. We have no land in front of us coming from the west and that’s where all our breezes come from. It’s the freshest, most beautiful breeze coming across a cool ocean and it’s so vibrant. Everything in Margaret River feels so alive.