Woodlands Cabernet Merlot 2013
Established in 1973 by David and Heather Watson, Woodlands is one of Margaret River's first five wineries. Woodlands produces wine from its two vineyards, both located in the Wilyabrup Valley of Margaret River. The original Woodlands Vineyard is located on Caves Road, while the Woodlands Brook Vineyard is located two kilometres to the northeast. Woodlands' Vineyards are dry grown and maintained by hand using organic and traditional methods. Wines produced include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Merlot blends, and Chardonnay. All Woodlands wines are made on site by the Watson family.
2013 was another in a string of wonderful Margaret River vintages. We consider 2013 to be similar to 2012 albeit with less rainfall over summer, and lower crops. The 2013 vintage is the second Woodlands Cabernet Merlot produced using a sorting table. With this equipment we can sort through the crush berry by berry. This process allows us to remove any leaves, stems, or green berries that can result in bitter or under ripe characters in the wine.
This wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 10% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. The colour is an intense crimson. The nose shows classic lifted Cabernet characters of brambly red berry fruits combining with French oak notes. The palate is refined and supple – with explosive fruit intensity and fine tannins.
Deep, bright crimson-purple; the siren allure of the bouquet is answered by the deliciously supple and rounded medium-bodied palate, which almost leads to swallowing it (a cardinal sin when tasting 80 wines a day); varietal blackcurrant is cut in crystal, tannin and oak minor players. Rating: 94 Points; James Halliday
Some whiffs of toast, licorice, Chinese five spice, ash, violets and dark berry fruit. Reserved kind of perfume, but plenty there to encourage you in. Firm tannins surrounding plushness of fruit with sour-sweet tang of herbs and bayleaf. Chalkiness, length and genrosity of wine all impressive. Slot it straight into your mid week repertoire. Rating: 92 Points; The Wine Front
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