Nestled in a valley in Yallingup, at the northern end of the Margaret River Region, the Simpson Estate vineyard was planted in 1998 by respected wine industry authority Albert Haak and was purchased by Paul and Jenny Simpson in 2006.
Encompassing 4.5 hectares of the 6.5-hectare property, the vineyard features predominately Cabernet Sauvignon, along with small amount of Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Shiraz.
With the Margaret River region's established track record of producing premium Cabernet blends in Australia, the valley in which the Simpson Estate vineyard is nestled is arguably the region's premium winegrowing few hectares.
The vineyard is north-facing, sloping to the south, with excellent drainage. The fruit is dry grown and in the process of conversion and certification as Organic producer.
The property is 4km south-east of the famous Yallingup Beach, and this proximity to the ocean ensures moderation of temperatures throughout the year. Sitting at an elevation of 100m above sea level, the vineyard enjoys ocean views, yet its vines are protected from the prevailing south-westerly winds by nearby elevated bushland.
The vineyard’s soil is made up of an extremely well-draining gravelly loam, over a clay and granite base.
The vineyard sits on a north-facing slope; the vine rows are planted east-west. True to the region’s typical Mediterranean climate, the vineyard enjoys cool and moderately wet winters and long, dry, mild summers.
The combination of vine age, soil composition, vineyard aspect, vine row orientation, wind protection, soil drainage and the Margaret River Wine Region’s wonderful climate, result in a terroir and viticultural environment that are a joy to work with.