Margaret River has always been famous for the Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet, Merlot and Malbec. Cabernet is more robust, performing well in most years with consistently good quality, given the temperate ripening conditions. Merlot and Malbec prefer the cooler vintages and less exposed vineyard sites. The small portion of Merlot and Malbec help soften the tannin profile on the palate and give a perfumed floral lift to the nose.
A warm dry spring and warm to hot conditions leading up to vintage in a low yielding year led to an extremely early and compressed vintage. Exceptional colours, high sugar ripeness, and lower acidities were a feature of the 2003 vintage.