Blind Corner Wilyabrup Bernard 2017 (6 Bottles) Margaret River

$410.00 GST Included


Taking its cue from Valpolicella’s Amarone, Gould handpicks his fruit and air-dries the bunches prior to fermentation. This, he finds, not only intensifies the flavours of the fruit, and gives it a more potent edge, but also softens and lengthens the wine’s tannins. The grapes are then foot-crushed, hand-plunged during wild-fermentation, and basket pressed into mature French oak barrels. There the blend matures for 12 months before being bottled without any fining.

Qantas Magazine has previously described this wine as, “like Margaret River Cabernet with the volume turned way up”. Ben Gould likes to think his Bernard Cab is more like watching a band live versus hearing them on the radio. Either way, this deep, punchy Cab is made from a single block of Cabernet Sauvignon on Blind Corner’s Wilyabrup vineyard, certified organic and biodynamic in 2016.



About Blind Corner

Nestled amidst the coastal flats of Quindalup in Margaret River, Blind Corner is a serene haven bordered by the Indian Ocean, with sandy soils layered with pea gravel, coffee rock, and ironstone. Embracing rigorous organic practices since 2016, Ben and Naomi cultivate their vineyard with care, employing cover crops to enrich the soil and utilizing a finger weeder for meticulous vineyard maintenance. Their dedication extends to the cellar, where they handle everything in-house, from winemaking to bottling, powered by solar energy and homemade biodiesel.

Ben, a passionate vigneron, employs a variety of vessels, including concrete eggs and old barrels, eschewing manipulation and embracing minimal intervention winemaking. Rejecting conventional practices, Blind Corner eschews mobile concentrators, opting instead for natural methods like using Aligoté to maintain freshness in their Chardonnay.

The name Blind Corner reflects the Goulds’ unconventional approach to winemaking, emphasizing organic certification and accessible pricing. Their eclectic range exudes energy and a bohemian spirit, offering wines that are approachable, delicious, and true to their down-to-earth ethos.

The journey to Blind Corner began with Ben and Naomi’s desire for a vineyard where their children could roam freely. Inspired by a European vineyard tour, they blend old-world techniques with modern knowledge, continuously refining their craft. Their expansion includes a second vineyard, complete with a bottling line, and additions like a biodynamic vegetable garden, beehives, and free-range chickens, embodying their commitment to sustainability and self-sufficiency.

Though their journey hasn’t been without challenges, Ben and Naomi are proud to share their wines with fellow enthusiasts, embracing transparency and inviting others to join them on their journey toward a better world.

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