2012 saw near perfect ripening conditions in Margaret River, with warm dry conditions from February onwards ripening the fruit to perfection. In particular, the dry and mild March enabled us to pick each plot at perfect ripeness. With the new sorting table being used, we were able to take fantastic fruit and make it even better.
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 ‘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.
This wine was hand picked in small batches from 9th of March to the 3rd of April. Following harvest, the fruit was destemmed, hand sorted, 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. 44 percent of the barrels used to mature this wine were new.
Our 2012 ‘Margaret’ is a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 12% Malbec. The colour is a deep crimson. The nose shows a brooding mix of spice, blackberry, violets, and toasty tight grain French oak. The palate is dense and complex, with red berry fruits combining with violet notes. Seamlessly balanced, the wine shows velvety tannins on the finish.
Bottled in Stelvin, our 2012 ‘Margaret’ will be best enjoyed from 2020 to 2032.
95 Points – James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015
97 Points – Tyson Stelzer
96 Points Ray Jordan’s Guide to WA Wines 2015
94 Points – Jeremy Oliver 01 Jan 2014
‘Gold Medal’ Vintage Cellars Margaret River Wine Show 2014