Friday, October 16, 2009
Our first post-lunch stop was at Gralyn Estate- a family-owned wine estate that produces just 3000 cases per year and whose wines are exclusively available at their cellar door.
The feel of the cellar door was very different from Sandalford and Cullen Wines. Gralyn Estate oozes a very modern, simplistic style....with large sliding glass doors that gave full view of...
their vines! I could wake up to a scene like that every morning. Ah yes, BIG dreams...
Gralyn Estate doesn't seem to do much whites and focuses more on the reds. For those who are new to wines or prefer sweeter styles, the Late Harvest Cabernet Sauvignon would certainly please. Think sweet, ripe berries (Ribena!) with a faint minty scent. My sis was sold on this!
What impressed me more was their Cabernet Sauvignon 2005- dark, intense and powerful with aromas of black fruits, wood and chocolate. The tanins were fine, making this firm yet very smooth. I'm keeping this one for many years to come! Will be excited to see how it evolves. :D
Gralyn Estate also offers quite a few ports. Pink port, white port, vintage port, ruby anniversary port, tawny port etc. These were pretty good as well. Because of their higher alcohol content, drivers should go very easy on these or taste and spit them out.
Wine shopping is fun!! She's happy! I'm happy! Parents were taking a quick afternoon nap in the car...so they're well-rested and happy too! Lol.
4145 Caves Road
Willyabrup Western Australia 6280
Opens: 10.30am to 4.30pm
Chew On This:
Wondering what are those white collars around the vine stock? They are acutally cotton rings which protect the vines from garden weevil attack. A simple and cost-effective measure instead of spraying chemicals!