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Willespie Vineyard, Margaret River

The Road to Margaret river and beyond………into the wilderness of the Great Southern wine region.

I walked to Willespie vineyard on a quiet afternoon in late summer, well April it was, so Autumn, 2000. Actually that’s not true, I remember a lovely old lady picked me up and drove me the last two miles to the end of the drive leading to the vineyard. This was the start of something special. I remember tasting their 1996 Cabernet and loving it. So much so that I transported a bottle all the way back to the UK through April, May and June 2000, via Ayers rock, Cape Tribulation and New Zealand. In October 2000 I tasted this wine and thought yes, these guys are special.

The winemaker’s and owner’s are Marian and Kevin Squance. It is family owned and the grapes are Estate grown. This vineyard is tucked in between Cullens and Mosswood, two very high profile wineries. Vasse felix also finishes off the quartet of wineries and this was the first vineyard to plant grapes here in Margaret River in 1979. Willespie followed a few years later. The terroir is perfect for producing some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon wines in Australia.