Cloudburst is a boutique Margaret River wine project from US transplant Will Berliner. In a region renowned for its Cabernets, the Cloudburst expression stands out. Full bodied and pure, it is rich with black fruits, chocolate and spice. There is a subtle herbal element, and a pleasing minerality. An intense and deeply satisfying Cabernet Sauvignon.
Nutty, nutmeg, plenty of oak here, biscuit, ginger snaps, bay leaf, melting Bournville chocolate tannin, roasted red pepper and paprika. It’s red fruited, fresh, ‘mineral’, with heaps good length. Has a feeling of integrity, if a wine can have such a thing, and offers a kind of supple excitement and sense of luxury.
95+ points, The Wine Front (April 2020)
This is a tiny-production, beautifully drinkable cabernet with currants and plums, as well as shell and hints of fresh herbs. Medium to full body, round and lightly velvety texture and a juicy finish. From organically grown grapes. This will drink incredibly well now, but will improve with age.
95 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2019)
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is a smooth, medium-bodied effort that comes across as a bit tight and reticent in its youth. Hints of violets and delicate herb shadings join raspberry fruit notes, picking up cranberry and mocha on the long, silky-textured finish. This should steadily gain interest over the next several years and drink well through 2035.
92+ points, Wine Advocate (January 2020)
Very youthful, bright purple colour; very floral aromas, and very herbal too. There are some greener fruit notes and the palate is leaner and lighter than expected, with some stalky malbec-like nuances. It's finely-textured and the persistence is good. A very young cabernet that's a little unready right now and could surprise given more time.
91 points, The Real Review (March 2020)
Precise, alluvial ball-bearing tannins spooling cassis, sage, olive, thyme and brush across a chassis of sexy oak and moreish acidity. A prodigious finish. Sap, pulse and flow. Expands in the glass. This wine cleans up so much in its path and is destined for greatness.
98 points, Wine Companion (March 2020)
Youthful, vibrant cabernet sauvignon that is elegant rather than blockbuster with seamless, fine-grained flavours that include cherry, blackberry, herbs, roasted chestnuts, anise and a solid helping of classy oak. It has that rare quality - subtle power. Great cellaring potential.
95 points, The Real Review (October 2020)
This style of Cabernet Sauvignon is what you come to Margaret River for. Blueberry flavours that are both concentrated and creamy, dripping with savoury herbs and cocoa dusting. Liquorice root runs through the precisely held in place tannins, and this is a gorgeous wine from what was a relatively cool and long growing season in Margaret River. 3.8pH. Entirely dry grown, organic.
97 points, Decanter (August 2020)
Located three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Serious vineyard development began only in the late 1960’s following the publication of a report by John Gladstones in 1965 stating that the area had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures within the growing season promoting even ripening. Margaret River’s climate is warm and maritime, with some cooling influence provided by southeast trade winds. The soils derive from granitic and a gneissic rock over which laterite has formed. The region can be divided in three sub-regions: the cooler south between Yallingup and Karridale with predominantly lateritic gravelly loamy sands and sandy loams; the warm and sunnier Willyabrup in the centre with predominantly gravelly loams, but some gritty sandy loams and granitic gravels; and Margaret River in the north with similar soils, but slightly cooler temperatures. This is entirely consistent with style; the wines from Willyabrup being more generous than the highly structured wines of the north and the elegant styles of the south. Margaret River is best known for high quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends and top notch Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Over the years, the region has established an astonishing reputation illustrating a consistency in quality and a strongly focused winemaking culture.