2010 was an excellent vintage in Wilyabrup, with excellent rainfall after flowering and dry warm weather all summer. The fourth in a string of great vintages, the 2010 red wines from Woodlands are viscous and powerful.
Woodlands ‘Margaret’ is sourced entirely from the Woodlands Vineyard. The Cabernet Sauvignon portion comes from a slope on the south of Woodlands that wraps around a 90 degree radius from east to north. The fruit on this slope receives a great deal of direct sunlight from morning to mid-afternoon, leading to rich full-bodied wines.
The Merlot and Malbec plots that make up the remainder of the ‘Margaret’ come from our west-facing slope of deep loam soil. This slope receives the most direct afternoon sunlight at Woodlands, and produces more exotic fruit characters in the finished wine. In certain years, including 2010, our ‘Margaret’ also includes Merlot and Malbec from our oldest plantings on the original south facing slope – the same fruit that makes up our Reserve de la Cave range.
This wine was picked over 2 weeks beginning on the 19th of March. Following harvest, the fruit was destemmed, crushed and fermented in small stainless steel fermenters. Following fermentation, the Cabernet Sauvignon portions remained on skins for 30 days for added complexity and tannin integration. Once fermentation was complete this wine was transferred into French oak where it remained for 18 months. 50% of the barrels used to mature this wine were new.
The colour is an intense crimson. The nose is very perfumed, showing cedar and blackcurrant, spice, and brambly dark berry fruits. The flavours of the palate mirror the nose, and combine with polished ripe tannins running through the wine. The wine finishes with lingering dark berry fruits and fine-grained tannins.
A great wine from a great vintage! Bottled in Stelvin, our 2010 ‘Margaret’ will be best enjoyed from 2023 to 2030.