Ashbrook Estate is the very essence of a Margaret River winery. Small, out of the way with a dedication to making the finest wines possible.
Although the Devitt family had owned land in Margaret River for more than 50 years it was not until 1975 that they purchased what was to become Ashbrook Estate.
The choice of the property was based on the presence of deep red brown loamy soils covering gently undulating terrain dissected by streams. The natural vegetation of large Eucalyptus trees suggested well drained soils, eminently suitable to premium wine grape production.
The first vines were planted in 1976, and 1979 saw the first commercial vintage at Ashbrook Estate.
The Devitt's concentrate on maximising the varietal characteristics of their white wines. Riesling, Semillon and Verdelho are all unwooded and show fresh lively fruit characters, while the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay undergo barrel fermentation and maturation in high quality French oak barriques, which add complexity to the already flavoursome wines.
The Cabernet Merlot is a blend of 85% of Cabernet Sauvignon and the remainder is equally Cabernet Franc and Merlot The wine matures for two years in French oak barriques and puncheons, is bottled then matures for at least two more years in a temperature controlled cellar, before market release.
Ashbrook aims to develop a complex estate style with excellent cellaring potential rather than a simple varietal dry red.
Recently, Ashbrook have been very successful with their 2001/2 Sauvignon Blanc. The 2001 won Silver at the 2001 Sheraton Wine Awards. The 2002 went one step better and picked up the Gold at the 2002 show. Both are outstanding wines and worthy winners.
Production is expected to peak at 10,000 cases over the next two years.