The Lenton Brae vineyard is located on the northern slopes of the Wilyabrup Valley. Click here for an aerial view
Wilyabrup was the chosen location for the first vines planted in Margaret River. Pioneers included Dr Tom Cullity, Dianna and Kevin Cullen and Bill Pannel. Today Wilyabrup is acknowledged as the epicentre for superior Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon and superb Chardonnay and Semillon.
The typical soil profile is gravelly loam of depth between 500 -800mm over a clay base. The gravel facilitates water drainage whilst not supporting excessive vigour. The clay base retains moisture and encourages root penetration.
The estate vineyard comprises some 8 hectares. Chardonnay (clones Gin Gin, P58, 76, 95 and 96) and Cabernet Sauvignon (Houghton clone) predominate with smaller parcels of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, and Merlot. Yields are typically low and average approximately 5 tonnes per HA for Chardonnay and Cabernet and 6-8 tonnes per Ha for Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.
The climate in Margaret River provides superior growing conditions that are seasonally consistent and best surmised as Mediterranean. The long-term average rainfall is 1125mm, although the average over the last 10 years has been closer to 800-900mm.
The rainfall is winter dominant, with approximately 80% falling between April and September. The prevailing dry conditions during the final fruit ripening period in early Autumn allow for low humidity and disease incidence.
Edwards wine making philosophy is to specialise in the wine styles in which the Margaret River region excels and for each example to be amongst the best of it’s type.
All stages of production are carried out onsite and the estate is entirely hand harvested. Small batch processing and minimal intervention strategies within the vineyard and winery maintain and highlight fruit quality and purity.