Wine Words

MARCH 2015 NEWSLETTER

 

Amazing things happen down at Victory Point!

From this April morning in 2010...

To this... ready for you!

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

NEW RELEASE

We are proud to announce the Release of the Victory Point 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon.

This is the eighth vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon from the vineyard and truly reflects a great Margaret River vintage and the distinctive style that Victory Point Cabernet has developed.

Vingtage Notes

Margaret River's 2010 vintage is predicted to be something truly special; with both Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines rated outstanding. After a hot January, the extended period of warm weather and cool nights at the end of summer brought about concentrated red currant flavours mixed with mulberry and blueberry aromas in the red varieties.

The natural fruit flavours had time to balance off with seed ripeness which allowed the fruit to be harvested in optimum condition, just before the rains hit in mid April.

Victory Point 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaking Notes

On delivery to the winery the hand picked, whole bunches are destemed in individual batches to open fermenters. The tanks were hand plunged and regularly tasted to determine completion of ferment.

The wine was basket pressed and racked to barrel where malolactic fermentation took place. French oak barrels were used, 50% of which were new. The wine was aged in barrel for 19 months before extensive blending trials were undertaken to determine the composition for the 2010 vintage.

The final blend is made up of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc.

The wine was bottled on the 23rd May, 2012.

Volunteer Picking Team
The volunteer(?)
picking team of 2010

Tasting Notes from Mark Messenger:

Crimson colour, cassis, raspberry, red cherry, black olive fruit aromas while the French oak offers cedar and mocha vanilla notes. The palate offers more fruit richness and depth than the nose suggests with succulent juicy berry fruits, a hint of dry sage and a long even structure provided by fine powdery tannins. 10+ years cellaring.

2012 Malbec

NEW RELASE

As most of you will be aware we have a special interest in the Malbec variety.

From inception these vines have performed extremely well at the Victory Point site.

Each vintage, on arrival at the winery, the quality of the fruit stands out and our winemakers love working with the small quantities available for blending with the cabernet sauvignon fruit. As production has slowly increased the quality has also developed and in the perfect conditions of the 2012 and 2013 vintage the flavours were exceptional and inspired us to keep a parcel of the fruit aside to produce a straight varietal wine.

Tasting Notes:

Dark red with a hint of purple still present. Black cherry, ripe blackcurrant, plum, licorice all sorts and spicy vanillin oak are lifted on the nose.

The palate is generously full flavoured, silky smooth and rich yet with restraint while the length and structure are provided by the slightly chalky tannins.

At least eight years cellaring potential.

The 2012 Malbec is now available to our mail list customers only.

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2015 Summer "Down South"

Summer in the vineyard, in Margaret River, is the time for the vines to grow and spread their canopy of leaves to protect the fruit from the hot sun. Time for the fruit to develop and ripen in the pristine conditions and the gentle sea breeze to cool the afternoons. After the warm day, we look forward to the cool evenings to slow the ripening process to ensure the long slow development of flavours in the fruit.

Victory Point Vineyard 2002
Victory Point Vineyard 2002

Victory Point Vineyard 2002
Victory Point Vineyard 2015

Summer 2014/15, followed a less than favourable Spring and flowering period, but provided mostly the classic grape growing conditions in the south west. However, the Spring "breezes" continued right through January and while there was no rain recorded the temperatures rarely reached above 30 degrees.

The Berson family enjoy the summer in the region and now the vines are established we don't need to call on the kids to help in the vineyard so often ...our willing helpers of times past seem to have other activites now.

Eldest daughter, Sophie, maintained our connection with the crew at Moss Wood and was able to get some part time work in the office, Claudia put in the hours on the beach: Centre Supervisor of VacSwim, Cowaramup Bay, and after his "gap" year of hard labour at Moss Wood, Charlie took some time off...

Family Snaps
Claudia with friends and Charlie

Margaret River in the Media

Margaret River receiving the attention it deserves as a fine wine region of world renown!

A recent article in Wine Spectator magazine by Matt Kramer is drawing attention to our beautiful region. Titled:

''The World's Most Overlooked Fine Wine Region; Here's one nomination anyway' - Margaret River

In the article, Matt quickly defined the word ‘overlooked’ to mean “a district or region not being recognised as a benchmark; that it’s a place that cannot (or at least should not) be ignored for its chosen varieties or style of wine, yet largely is.”

The concluding few paragraphs really bring home the point Matt is making about Margaret River being a fine wine region of international renown and we quote.

“The top rank of Margaret River Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon is, simply put, in the top rank in the world. And by that, I’m including the likes of Burgundy (for the Chardonnay) and Bordeaux and Napa Valley (for Cabernet Sauvignon).”

Do the best Margaret River versions of these two varieties resemble these benchmarks? Not at all. And that's a good thing. They are as fine, in their fashion, as all but the highest achievers of those more famous zones. Yet they are different. It's originality that we should be seeking in our finest wines, not replication.

Enjoy the full article here.

Vintage 2015

Due to the late flowering of the native Marri trees this year, the birds have been voracious and despite acquiring some extra netting for protection of the fruit, damage has been done. As well as the hungry silver eyes and parrots, we even had crows trying to get at the cabernet fruit this year. Through selective harvesting the damaged fruit is not used for making our wines, but the resulting yields are way down on previous years.

We've enjoyed meeting with many wine lovers out at the vineyard over summer. As the fruit ripens it’s an interesting experience to sample the fruit off the vine, followed by a tasting of the finished product up in the "cellar door" (shed).


Netted vines still didn’t stop some from getting to our fruit!

If you are planning a trip to the region, please call us and we will try to arrange a meeting at the vineyard.


Great to meet Liz & Arthur from NSW out at Victory Point vineyard in February.

2014 ROSÉ

RAVE REVIEWS

Sheep on a spit

Summer may be over but the popularity of our Rosé does not slow down. This beautiful wine received some great reviews from the "experts" but more importantly, we are thrilled with the response from consumers – switching to Rosé and choosing the dry style of Victory Point. And it's not just for Summer.

We have a few cases left for mail orders and it is available in retail outlets in Perth.

Reviews of Victory Point 2014 Rosé

James Halliday Wine Companion - 92 points

A pale bright pink 85/15% blend of cabernet franc and malbec, hand-picked, crush and 4 hours skin contact; largely fermented in tank, part barrel. A superior Rosé, bone dry, but with clear red fruits and a refreshing finish with balanced acidity.

Ray Jordan – WA Wine Guide - 93 points

One of the best Rosés made in this state. It is made from Cabernet Franc and Malbec which both contribute to its highly aromatic appeal. The palate is light bodied with a dry crisp finish. This is very much in the Provence style.

The Wine Genius.Com - 92 points

Highly refreshing, with bright red currant, strawberry and musky / meaty tones. This textural rose offers an enjoyable mouth feel and displays more complexity that many of its contemporaries.

Victory Point eNewsletter Members

March Offer

Order our current release wines through this newsletter before the end of March and receive your 15% discount

Wine Selection

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon$34 
2012 The Mallee Root$22.10 
2012 Malbec$29.75 
2011 Chardonnay$34 
2014 Rosé$17 

Orders received in March will receive a 15% discount by applying the code: "VNBFAI".

We are happy to package straight or mixed cases of any of our wines in 6 or 12 bottles cartons, with free delivery across Australia.

If you would like to join the Victory Point Wine Club and received twice yearly delivery of our wines, as well as 25% discount on all cases ordered, please visit the Victory Point Wines website.

Food and Wine Match

Victory Point Wines Dinner

Pata Negra, April 22nd, 2015

Hosted by Vintage Cellars, Shenton Park & Gary & Jude Berson from Victory Point, this will be a fabulous night tasting our new release wines, matched with dishes created by David Coomer of Pata Negra, Nedlands.

Tickets are available from Vintage Cellars, Nicholson Rd, Shenton Park, T: 9381 6555.

Aboriginal Heritage

We hope you have enjoyed our reminders about the six seasons as defined by the Wardandi people. We are now in the Bunuru season, February – March.

Many of us have come to recognise this is the best season "down south" and obviously the traditional custodians of the region established this in their cultural activities.

Bunuru Season

This is season is known as the time of the Marri flowers.

  • It is the time to go ngari (salmon) fishing on the coast.
  • It is the time the by-yu (zamia palm seeds) ripen.
  • And the time of great gatherings for dance, trade and love.

Victory Point Wine Club Selection

The Autumn 2015 selection has been dispatched.

The selection comprised the following New releases and wines from our Museum stocks:

3 bottles2010 Cabernet Sauvignon 
3 bottles2012 Malbec 
3 bottles2013 Malbec 
1 bottle2009 Cabernet Sauvignon 
1 bottle2008 Cabernet Sauvignon 
1 bottle2007 Cabernet Sauvignon 

Sign up to our Wine Club and you will receive 1 case of carefully selected Victory Point wines, twice a year, or make your own selection of or your favourite Victory Point wines.

As a member of our Wine Club, you also receive a 25% discount on all wines purchased.

Should you wish to receive the Autumn Selection, at the Members only price of $300, join here: Wine Club.

ph 0417 954 655 | jberson@bigpond.net.au | www.victorypointwines.com

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