Jilyara

Western Australia | Margaret River

Our Review

The Cotterell family planted the 9.7ha Jilyara Vineyard in ‘95. Until ‘17 the crop was sold to other producers in the region, but the game changed that year. They have 6.4ha of cabernet sauvignon, 0.9ha each of malbec and sauvignon blanc, 0.8ha of chardonnay, 0.4ha of merlot and 0.3ha of petit verdot. There are 3 tiers: at the top The Williams’ Block duo of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon (incorporating small amounts of malbec and petit verdot); next comes the Heath Road banner with Chardonnay, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon; the last group is Honeycomb Corner with a Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The packaging is very smart, a design-house dream, visually bringing together the local Noongar word of ‘Djilyaro’ for bee (there is a beehive at each corner of the block). Exports to NZ. -JAMES HALLIDAY

About

Our family-owned and operated vineyard is located in Wilyabrup, the heart of the Margaret River wine region. With the area’s perfect combination of the right soil and supreme climate, Jilyara has the terroir to grow fruit of outstanding quality.

The vineyard was planted 1995-1997 by the Cotterell family. With a north-south aspect and nestled within undulating valleys, it is protected from the elements behind a nature reserve, yet near enough to the ocean to hear the surf. In our nine hectare vineyard, we grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. After having produced grapes for twenty-three years supplying some of the area’s prime producers, we embarked in 2017 on an exciting venture in producing our own wine.

To produce the best possible fruit, we hand prune and pick our grapes with care. We shoot thin, leaf pluck and trim to ensure adequate air flow and light to provide a healthy micro-climate and to minimise the use of fungicidal sprays. Craig Cotterell, the owner-operator, does all of the spraying, netting, and mulching himself, and by using minimal contractor equipment he ensures a sound and disease free vineyard. Tillage and soil compaction is kept to a minimum, and our sheep graze the vineyard post-harvest promoting natural weed suppression. Craig has managed every aspect of the vineyard since the beginning and strives to grow grapes of superior quality. Our hands-on approach guarantees the viticultural practices are closely monitored.

Jilyara is also home to the Cotterell-Bergstrom family, a playground for their children and a space where they indulge in their passion for exceptional wine every day. Craig and his partner in crime Maria, along with their four children are all an integral part of the vineyard. ‘We feel truly lucky to be custodians of such a special piece of land’.

Specialities

Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc

Cellar Door

Information

Urban Cellar Door at Origins Market in Busselton
86 West St, Busselton

Hours

Urban Cellar Door at Origins Market | Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-6pm

Details are correct at time of writing

Please check winery website for up to date details

Stockist Information

Distribution Information

Claret & Co, Carboot WInes

International Sales Information

Summit in Canada.

Stockist

See website

Details

Jilyara
Rating
Winemaker Kate Morgan
Established 2018
Dozens 3500
Vineyards (area) 9.7 ha
Viticulturist Craig Cotterell
Opening Hours Thurs 10–6, Fri 10–9, Sat 10–9, Sun 10–6 at Origins Market
Address 2 Heath Road, Wilyabrup, WA 6280
Telephone 0407 552 402
Website www.jilyara.com.au