Mount Barker is a region at the southernmost point of Western Australia, eastward of famed and coastal Margaret River, and gaining acclaim on its own stead. This is classic Western Oz, with juicy, full-bodied blue and black fruits, plush tannins and ample coastal freshness to carry. Eucalyptus is omnipresent, from first sniff to lingering finish, flushed out with plum, blueberry, cassis on a steely, lingering finish. Tannins are ample, but comfortable in the background, supporting the fruit. This strikes the ideal balance between ripeness, acidity, fruit — plus that bonus point of restraint.