Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Petit Verdot Margaret River Western Australia
The archetypal west coast Bordeaux style, a vibrant cépage of Cabernet and Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, from the first vineyards ever planted on Margaret River. A component from the younger Woodlands Brook site contributes structure and aromatics. Woodlands remains an enigma, as the vineyard team place great trust in the quality of fruit, the finished wine can be both pretty and powerful. Vinified exclusively out of Wilyabrup parcels, painstakingly hand sorted, berry by berry, the graceful tannins continue to soften as its fruit learns to sing.
Woodlands Brook is currently planted to six hectares of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot on a north facing slope of loam soils. Grapes are hand picked, sorted and cleaned by hand, batches are crushed and fermented separately to retain integrity of varietals, most parcels are treated to a closed fermentation, a process called upon to enhance the intensity and power of the fruit. Other smaller batches are treated to open ferments, a technique which enhances aromaticness. Some batches can be treated to full or partial malolactic to add complexity and enhance the integration with oak. Woodlands is transferred to a selection of French oak barriques to be aged fourteen months before assemblage.
Intense crimson in colour. The nose shows brooding characters of mulberries, blackberries and dark cherry combined with toasty French oak notes. Best described as classic and refined, the palate is very rich and dense, with considerable weight and power. Woodland finishes with ripe fine grained tannins.