Woodlands Wines Margaret River
In a remarkably short period of time, Woodlands has firmly established itself in the uppermost echelon of Margaret River Cabernet producers, alongside CULLEN and MOSS WOOD. The secret to its success? Like Cullen and Moss Wood, the 11ha vineyard is based in Wilyabrup which, with its high gravel content, is regarded as the Pauillac of Margaret River. What’s more, David and Heather Watson planted the vineyard in 1973, so the vines are among Margaret River’s oldest. Though David’s early Cabernets bagged trophies on the show circuit, production under the Woodlands’ name all but ground to a halt in 1992. Most of the fruit was sold to third parties until 2002, when David’s son Stuart took charge of winemaking. Father and son’s love of Bordeaux influences the beautifully structured, textured style with, as Stuart puts it, “concentration without sweetness…I like savoury.” Each year the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine of immense concentration, structure and balance, is named after a different family member or friend. The more approachable, lifted and fleshy Reserve Margaret Cabernet blend contains a significant proportion of Malbec as well as Merlot. Also deeply impressive, it will reward ageing for at least a decade. In 2007, a terrific vintage, both reds are a tour de force. In 2005, another great vintage, Woodlands produced a sensual single varietal Cabernet Franc and builtto- last Malbec. They also make tiny quantities of Pinot Noir (not tasted). Though not on par with the reds, an unoaked Chardonnay and oaked Chardonnay (Chloe) show a delicate touch. (SA)
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