Margaret River Western Australia
The Fuddling Cup vineyard began on a small pocket of land where Colin and Gail Higgins planted premium Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the Tuart sandy loam soil of Geographe, South Western Australia near Capel within sight of the ocean in 2000. Although our plantings were new, award winning Cabernet has been grown in the vicinity for almost 30 years.
The goal to be a small, integrated boutique wine business making very high quality Cabernet Sauvignon 'from vine to the glass' has been achieved with the very first vintage attracting critical acclaim and each vintage building on that success.
In response to many requests, in late 2009, Fuddling Cup added a small production of white wine to complement our Cabernet. This wine — a Semillon Sauvignon Blanc — is made from fruit sourced in the Margaret River Region. We have worked with our winemaker to produce a wonderfully fresh wine. Subtle complexity has been added by fermenting a little of the Sauvignon Blanc component in new French oak without detracting from the fruit driven style for which Margaret River has become renowned.
From 2010, a single vineyard in the Wilyabrup sub-region has become the exclusive source of fruit for our Cabernet, the result of this first vintage being ackowledged with Silver Medals in both 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards and 2012 International Wine Challenge. We continue the tradition of first class viticulture and winemaking practices producing outstanding wines.
Fuddling Cup is a consistent provider of premium boutique Western Australian wine. Despite our relatively small production, we are proud of our product and undertake to maintain and build our reputation on the basis of quality and value.
The Geographe Region has developed into one of Western Australia's most exciting wine regions. From the pristine shores of Geographe Bay in the Indian Ocean, it stretches across a wide area of coastal plain and rolling hills of the Darling Range from Harvey, south to Busselton and inland to Donnybrook and Collie.
The Geographe climate is obviously influenced by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The Fuddling Cup Cabernet was grown on a north facing slope in a well drained Tuart loam with afternoon summer sea breezes dropping the temperature to an ideal range to ripen the fruit.
Margaret River/Wilyabrup sub-region:
Surrounded by Ocean on three sides the Margaret River region benefits from a true maritime climate, cool wet winters with warm dry summers. Regional variation from north to south is pronounced with the northern end of the cape region experiencing a warmer and dryer ripening period whilst the southern end of the cape region experiences a cooler ripening period with an impact being seen from the southern ocean influence. The Wilyabrup sub-region lies in the middle of the two extremes of the cape and benefits from both the cool southern ocean influence whilst still experiencing warmth and dryness through the ripening period, a true sweet-spot of the Margaret river region. The soils are variable with the main type being a gravely loam over clay. Moderate fertility allows for good vine health without excessive vigour.
The vineyard the fruit was sourced from for our Wilyabrup wines is typified by a warm and dry ripening period giving rise to fruit of perfect ripeness.