Woodlands 'Margaret Reserve' Cabernet Merlot 2016
1 or more bottles$64.99
Joe Czerwinski91 points
Huon Hooke96 points
A blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 16% Malbec, the 2016 Margaret is a smooth, fine-textured red. Medium to full-bodied, it's less concentrated and robust than the Clementine, but it's nicely aromatic and supple, with a long, elegant finish.
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"A blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 16% Malbec, the 2016 Margaret is a smooth, fine-textured red. Medium to full-bodied, it's less concentrated and robust than the Clementine, but it's nicely aromatic and supple, with a long, elegant finish."
"Deepish red colour with a glint of purple. The bouquet is superbly fragrant with a rose petal, subtle violet and red and dark fruit fragrance, edged with exotic spices. Very intense flavour, full-bodied, with a sweet fruit core, firm tannins and great elegance, its wonderful spectrum of flavour lasting very long on the palate. There's a lot of detail here. A majestic cabernet blend, with a glorious future. (Grown on the original Woodlands Vineyard on Caves Road, planted 1973)"
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The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.
Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.
The wine regions of WA sit at the state’s southwest tip. The famed Margaret River region, with its warm maritime climate, lies roughly 200 kilometres south of Perth. Rainfall is high here compared with other Australian wine regions, but it falls mainly during the winter. Cabernet Sauvignon is a popular planting, and winemakers often blend it with Merlot to create Bordeaux-style wines. Margaret River is also distinguished for its Chardonnays, with their high natural acidity and concentrated stone-fruit aromas. Malolactic fermentation and barrel ageing further lend complexity to these special wines. Sauvignon Blanc is also widely planted here and often goes into blends with Semillon. Wine production also occurs in the Great Southern region, which includes the subregions of Frankland River and Mount Barker. Here, they produce floral Rieslings, peppery and elegant Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Other wine regions in this large state include Blackwood Valley, Geographe, Peel, Pemberton, Manjimup, and Swan District.
Margaret River is the name of a river, town and key wine region. It is one of the younger viticultural regions in Australia, quickly gaining popularity for its world-class wine. Located 280km South of Perth in Western Australia, the first plantings were only made in 1967. The region has grown rapidly and is recognised as one of the great wine-producing regions of the world, with over 200 wineries in operation. Made up of predominantly boutique producers, with a number of big player wineries also, the region makes up only 3% of the Australian wine production, but commands over 20% of the premium wine market. The wineries in the region are vibrant, innovative and progressive in their approach to viticulture.
The Mediterranean style climate provides superior maritime growing conditions, with vines not affected by extreme summer and winter temperatures. The region is well known for producing outstanding red wines; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and to a lesser extent Shiraz, Tempranillo and Malbec. Both straight varietals and famous Bordeaux blends can be outstanding.
In the white wines, Chardonnays of great depth and character, and fresh Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends are the main varietals the region is famous for. Lesser quantities of Viognier, Riesling and Muscat are also produced.
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About the brand Woodlands
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.
They maintain a 5 red star rating with James Halliday's Wine Companion. The Woodlands' Vineyards are dry grown and maintained by hand using organic and traditional methods.