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Flying Fish Cove

Lot 125, Caves Rd, Wilyabrup, 6284

Cellar Door: Daily (11-5)

Ph: (08) 9755 6600

wine label

In 2000 a group of 20 grape growers in the region invested in the construction of the Flying Fish Cove winery, which carried out it’s first vintage in 2001. In 2003 it fully processed over 1,700 tonnes.

Flying Fish Cove wine-making facility produces wine for over 20 customers as well as the Flying Fish Cove brand. The wine was first released under the brand name in early 2003. The budget range is the 4 Boards, with the premium releases comng out as Wildberry Reserve. The main varieties are Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

The 130 ha property is in the central area of Wilyabrup with a friendly, modern cellar door that celebrates the region's surf culture (a passion shared by some of the staff).

The wines are made by Damon Eastaugh and Simon Ding

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Flying Fish Cove Wildberry Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2027

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2017, Gold Medal at Perth Royal Wine Show 2016, perfumed and powerful mulberry, redcurrant and cassis with bay leaf, mint and violet notes, earthy and medium-full bodied with firm powdery tannins and good persistence, assertive cedar and dark chocolate oak on the finish (****1/2)

Flying Fish Cove Wildberry Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2030

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2017, Silver Medal at Margaret River Wine Show 2015, floral and intense mulberry, dark plums and black cherry with anise, violet and white pepper notes, medium-full bodied with good length, a firm chassis of powdery tannins and cedar/chocolate oak (****)

Flying Fish Cove The Wildberry Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2013,  plush and richly flavoured mulberry and cassis with violet and eucalypt notes, the medium-full bodied palate has good length, slightly open knit grainy tannins with balanced cedar oak (****)

Flying Fish Cove Cabernet Merlot 2007

Purchased: Lygon St, IGA, Carlton (Vic) ($20)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2010, earthy and medium bodied mulberry and cassis fruits, with tobacco and mint notes, fairly overt coffee-cedar-vanilla oak, fine tannins (***1/2)

Flying Fish Cove Cabernet Merlot 2005

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, tightly wound core of mulberry and cassis fruits, medium bodied palate shows earthy and savoury features, balanced vanilla-cedar oak, fine grained tannins (***1/2)

Flying Fish Cove Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: March 2006, ripe cassis and plum nose with clove and pepper notes, fruit-driven palate is backed with subtle sweet vanilla oaking, tannins are quite firm, food suitable for pasta (***1/2)

Flying Fish Cove Cabernet Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: March 2006, 90% Cab Sav, 10% Merlot,quite intense mulberry and cassis nose, medium bodied palate shows earthy and savoury features complemented with subtle vanilla oak, smooth tannins, popular, drink now style (***1/2)

Flying Fish Cove Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not: ($20)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: March 2006, light bodied, melon and peach flavours with subtle buttery palate, light toasty sweet oak and crisp acid (***1/2)

Flying Fish Cove Chenin Blanc 2005

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: March 2006, drier style although shows some tropical fruit sweetness to complement the green apple flavours light and fruity palate, dry finish with a hint of residual sugar, a bit short (***)