Blind Corner Rouge 2017 - Margaret River, Western Australia

Blind Corner Rouge 2017 - Margaret River, Western Australia


The Story

The Deep Woods family vineyard in Yallingup was sold in 2005, and son Ben Gould and his wife Naomi decided to put everything on red, choosing to sell their house to fund the purchase of a small 4 hectare vineyard at Wilyabrup. While their new patch of dirt was being weaned off irrigation and chemicals, the pair took off to Europe. Before leaving Gould had already developed a strong interest in organic viticulture, a passion that became armour-plated after visiting some of Europe’s more storied regions. Upon his return, Gould took a job at Howard Park Wines while he prepared his estate to be known as Blind Corner, a 20 hectare vineyard 19 km to the northeast, at Quindalup. Surrounded on three sides by the ocean, Gould wasted no time in converting the previously conventional viticulture to organic and biodynamic in 2015. These are becoming quickly known as unpretentious, easy to drink wines that deliver great quality with the organic certification.

M+Q Notes

Blind Corner's Rouge is a blend of Quindalup Cabernet and Shiraz ferments, with 5% Merlot from the estate's young 'Petrus' clone grafts at Wilyabrup. The Cabernet component includes a percentage of barrels declassified from the Cabernet bottling below. The wine is drawn from 20+ year-old vines, handpicked, foot-crushed and wild fermented and basket pressed to old oak for a few months before bottling. It's a juicy, jubey, medium-bodied wine that delivers plenty of blackcurrant and graphite-scented fruit and value that's hard to believe.

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