Named ‘Winery of the Year’ by James Halliday and Matt Skinner, Larry Cherubino wants his wines to be distinctive and to speak clearly of their variety and vineyard site. He believes in paying meticulous attention to the vineyard, canopy and water management, picking at the right time and minimal intervention in the winery. Larry also makes wine under the Laissez Faire label, an exquisite range of natural wines which are the ultimate expression of site, made in small batches from hand harvested grapes. From delicate whites to opulent reds, all his wines have pure class and finesse.
From the Margaret River and Pemberton to the regions of the Great Southern, Larry Cherubino's knowledge of these regions and his relationships with the growers enables him to source the best vineyards for each variety. The fruit for this wine was carefully sourced from a selection of vineyards in the Great Southern region in Western Australia. The vines are planted in granite laterite soils at a density of 2,020 per hectare and are planted on their own rootstocks using clones 777, MV6, 114 and 115.
The fruit was fermented using a combination of wild fermentation and selected yeasts. Once the fermentation was complete the wine was matured in a selection of one to three year old French oak barrels, for a period of six months.
The nose shows graphite, minerals and juicy black cherries. A hint of spicy oak plays a supporting role. The palate is softly textured, fresh and vibrant, the flavours of black cherry and earthy beetroot carried along by a fine, long acid finish. Ideal with pheasant stew or roasted game with a rich wine gravy.