12 expert panelists support the Margaret River Region Project

Last Monday the 30th of November, 12 expert panelists took part in yet another significant milestone for the Margaret River Region Project (MRRP).

Through consultation and support from AWRI, the Pivot Profile Method was used to evaluate unblended samples of 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon submitted from locations throughout the region.  Among a list of criteria, samples were all Houghton clone and from older oak.

Ely Jarvis, member of the MRRP sub-committee, worked closely with Wes Pearson from AWRI to plan and implement the process which involves comparing each sample against a control, or “Pivot” wine. The Pivot Profile Method was developed in France in 2014 and is being utilized internationally as a frequency-based, free-descriptive analysis method which has proven to be both robust and inexpensive comparative to many other sensory evaluation protocols.

We look forward to publishing the results once processing is complete and feel confident that the data will help us describe and define Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon in an increasingly meaningful way.  If the outcomes look promising, we aim to also use this methodology with 2021 Chardonnay wines.

We are pleased to see that The Margaret River Region Project is steadily progressing and advancing towards a comprehensive narrative which combines the science and romance of our region.

Expert Panelists

  • Frederique Perrin - Miles from Nowhere

  • Bruce Dukes - Domaine Naturaliste

  • Brad Wehr - Amato Vino

  • Mark Bailey - Howard Park

  • Glenn Goodall - Xanadu Wines

  • Courtney Treacher - Brookland Valley

  • Richard Fennessy - DPIRD

  • Robert Mann - Corymbia

  • Severine Logan - Calneggia Family Vineyards

  • Virgina Willcock - Vasse Felix

  • Trent Kelly - Credaro Family Estate

  • Steve James - Voyager Estate