Colour: Medium crimson red with a slight purple edge.
Nose: A generous combination of lifted forest berry fruits, cassis, and dark cherry fragrances upfront with underlying black olive and blackcurrant nuances. Subtle sweet cinnamon oak spice, violets and savoury dried herbs adds a further depth of complexity.
Palate: Medium bodied wine with elegant, well integrated red berry fruit flavours fill the palate followed by a succulent, fleshy but firm tannin structure. Juicy red berry fruit flavours persist endlessly with a hint of dark chocolate mocha on the finish.
Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 88%, Malbec 5% , Cabernet Franc 5% & Merlot 2%
History of Thompson Estate
Jane and Peter Thompson purchased the Thompson Estate property in 1994, and the first plantings of chardonnay and pinot were in 1997, followed by the cabernet plantings in 1998. New plantings include new Burgundian clones of chardonnay, a total of 20 hectares under vine.
From the outset at Thompson Estate, the focus has been on high quality wine production and this has been recognized in a large number of wine show medals and accolades from the wine press.
The most treasured has been the recognition by James Halliday, Australia’s premier wine critic, that Thompson Estate is a Five Red Star winery, placing it in the top echelon of Australian wineries.
The vineyard gains unique advantages from its Wilyabrup location. John Gladstones’ seminal work in the 1960’s showed that Margaret River had climatic features similar to the great years of Bordeaux. His predictions have been borne out and the Margaret River region is now recognized as one of the premium wine grape growing areas in the world.