DIRECTION SERIES, FLORIS
New French oak for 10 months
Floris is a modern and engaging expression of our local clone into wine. This style is a coevolution of Modern Australian food and wine culture, which has great emphasis on balance, freshness and hedonistic pleasure. The sustainably farmed vineyard is in the cool southern end of Margaret River.
Margaret River Syrah is noteworthy because of its fragrance and attractiveness in it’s youth. Aromas of juicy black cherries and boysenberries with a grind of black pepper. The palate possesses a fine grained texture comprising of ripe tannin which adds to the structure and texture of the wine.
It has to be something special for me to go against my own rule of not having more than one brand in my portfolio from the same region. So when Matt contacted me out of the blue back in April-15, after several chats I discovered that we shared too many views and philosophies to simply overlook it.
Bruce Dukes had been making wine in Margaret River for a long time at his own custom crush winery under contract for other brands. He wanted to launch his own brand using premium Margaret River fruit, the finest components and his own wine-making know-how. Although Bruce was an assistant winemaker for Francis Ford Coppola in the Napa Valley, he does not use a single grain of American oak in any of this wines.. everything is French.
The first vintages were released late 2014 and the results have been sensational! The Direction series “Sauvage” Sauv-Sem was awarded the IWC trophy for best Margaret River Sauv-Sem and the “Artus” Chardonnay was awarded the IWC trophy for best Margaret River Chardonnaythe two principal white wines from the region! Also the Direction “Rebus” Cabernet was the joint highest scoring Cabernet in the 2016 James Halliday wine companion.
All of the wines from Domaine Naturaliste show unbelievable varietal characteristics, opulent fruit, gorgeous texture and subtle oak. World class wines made by someone who is on top of their game!
Used French oak for one year on fine lees.
DIRECTION SERIES, SAUVAGE
Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
FLAGSHIP SERIES, PURUS
40% new French oak for 10 months (0% Malo)
FLAGSHIP SERIES, ARTUS
42% new French oak for 10 months (100% Malo)
Sauvignon contributing fragrance and Semillon texture and capacity for aging. They are proven as successful long term partners. They are from the cooler southern end of Margaret River, which is renowned for its fragrant white wines. Sauvage refers to the part wild ferment. Bold aromas of red currant, passion fruit and orange blossom laced with exotic notes of lychee and clove.
Vibrant perfumes and aromas of lime, orange blossom and honeysuckle. The palate is richly fruited and reveals a balance of expansive fruit, texture and sophisticated elegance. Flavours of nashi pear, stone fruit and dried figs with notes of hazelnut and creamy vanilla bean. The wine stays true to its purity with a beautifully focused mineral structure.
Flavours reminiscent of crème brulee and candied citrus peel with a background of toasty oak. The palate is rich with a viscous creamy texture. A balanced wine expressing intensity and layered complexity promising further evolution over time.
DIRECTION SERIES, REBUS
1/3 new French oak barriques for 12 months
FLAGSHIP SERIES, MORUS
52% in new French oak for 18 months.
Fragrant, complex aromas of bing cherry and mulberry are presented on a framework of fine tannins giving a decadent, silky texture and lingering finish. A combination of concentration, refinement and elegance.
Mulberry, cassis and cocoa flavours mingle with exotic spices, anise and a hint of aromatic violet. This wine has extraordinary fruit character displaying depth and poise. Elegantly structured with fine, silky ripe tannins, this wine is to be cherished and is destined to evolve over time. A finely detailed wine.
".....It has to be something special for me to go against my own rule of not having more than one brand in my portfolio from the same region. So when Matt contacted me out of the blue back in April-15, after several chats I discovered that we shared too many views and philosophies to simply overlook it......"