Woodlands is a family run 10 hectare vineyard in the heart of Margaret River: Wilyabrup. Started in 1973, dry grown and doing as much by hand as is practicle. They make wines that are elegant, refined and the essence of everything great about Margaret River.
An elegant, soft and supple red that shows menthol, black & red berry fruit with oak evident too. Just starting to show some smoke and leather the palate is balanced, smooth with a lovely flourish on the finish. Drink over the next 7-15 years. Pair with roast lamb, it might seem like a cliche but it works so well.
Three hours South of Perth is this land of Cabernet and Chardonnay. Right on the ocean the climate allows the grapes to mature slowly on the vine. The wine are more powerful in the North and more elegant in the south. The best wines are world class and are priced to reflect this.
The noble variety of Bordeaux’s left bank. Firm tannins, a streak of acidity and punctuated by flavours of cassis, violets, spice and leather. The best examples can age for the long term. Often blending with Merlot, Cabernet Franc or Shiraz will fix the hole Cabernet has in its middle palate.
It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus they are almost not needed.