A brief history
Planted in 1997, Wildberry Springs Estate vineyard is situated in the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, Western Australia. The site covers ancient forest soils layered with chocolate loam topsoil rich in microbial activity over sandy gravelly loam. The subsoil is a mixture of clay, sand and gravel allowing roots to penetrate and access the water table below.
The stand of pines that flank the property originally protected livestock from cool winds coming off the Indian Ocean. These days they play an important role in sheltering the vines. Their imposing presence remains an unmissable feature as you enter the property and are depicted on the label.
The 5.5 Ha planted to Chardonnay is predominantly the Gingin clone known for producing many of the exceptional wines in the region. The balance is a mix of clones 3 and 5 which as a minor blending component can help restrain the power of the Gingin clone.
Owner John Durack and vineyard manager Scott Miller have built an enviable reputation for growing premium quality grapes highly sought after by winemakers throughout the region. Having been a winemaker in Margaret River for over two decades, I have been fortunate to work with Chardonnay from Wildberry Springs Estate since 2007. The quality of fruit consistently exceeds my expectations.
Despite the extremely limited production of this single vineyard wine I look forward to bringing Wildberry Chardonnay in subsequent years to showcase the site and season in which the fruit was grown at this unique vineyard.
Brad Hutton, Winemaker