Driftwood Wines The Collection Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
Driftwood Wines The Collection Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

Driftwood Wines The Collection Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

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A classic Margaret River blend with prominent aromas of plum pie, bramble berry, black olive and bay leaf.

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Driftwood Estate is a boutique winery set in the stunning Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, Western Australia. Established by Tom and Helen Galopoulos in 1989 on what had previously been a country retreat, the winery immediately received acclaim when its first wine, a Semillon produced in 1993, won a special commendation in a British competition.

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Tasting notes

A classic Margaret River blend with prominent aromas of plum pie, bramble berry, black olive and bay leaf. The smooth, balanced palate provides rich flavours of forest fruits coupled with spicy vanilla oak which leads to a lovely finish that is mouth-watering and delicious. Bright aromas of raspberry, blueberry and red cherry combine with vanilla pod and cacao on the nose. Forest fruits, mocha and coconut flavours dominate the palate balanced by juicy tannins, fresh acidity and vanillin oak leading to a long-lasting finish.

Winemaker notes

The shiraz and cabernet batches came in clean and vibrant between the 5th and 26th of March with a range of physiological ripeness: 13.6 – 13.8 °Be, 5.8 – 6.9 g/L TA and 3.62 – 3.78 ph. All batches were machine harvested in the cool of the night and crushed to static and open fermenters. A mixture of pre-fermentation cold soak and immediate cultured yeast inoculation techniques were used to harness the unique array of characteristics coming from each block and variety. Colour and phenolics were gently extracted using aerative and closed pump-over techniques.  All batches were co-inoculated for MLF and pressed off skins at or around 0°Be. 

Once primary fermentation and MLF were complete in tank they were transferred to a mixture of New, 2nd and 3rd year French and American oak barrels for 17 months’ maturation. Batches were blended in July before being filtered in preparation for bottling in August 2021.

Vintage report

Harvest of our premium Chardonnay commenced on the 31st January and continued through early February followed closely by the remaining white varietals. Whites were fermenting away as the first reds started coming in by the 21st of February. The weather was glorious through the end of February and March allowing the flavours to marry with the sugar levels in the grapes. 

Malbec and Shiraz proved fruitful and vibrant, then patience was rewarded with excellent varietal expression throughout the Cabernet and Merlot. Another vintage to remember from Margaret River. All the grapes were in by the end of March.

Awards & accolades

GOLD MEDAL | MARGARET RIVER WINE SHOW 2021

Product Specifications

Brand name: Driftwood Wines
Region: Margaret River
Appellation: Wilyabrup
Variety: 70% Shiraz, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec
Winemaker: Kane Grove
Current Vintage: 2021
Colour: Deep red with purple hues
Alcohol volume: 14.5%
pH: 3.58
Total acidity: 6.5 g/l
Residual sugar: 0.7 g/l
Harvest date: 5th – 26th March 2020
Bottling date: August 2021
Oak: New, 2nd and 3rd year French and American oak barrels 
Maturation: Tank and barrel for 17 months.
Cellaring: Designed to be enjoyed young while it is fresh and vibrant, but this wine will develop complexity while retaining freshness over the next 5-10 years