70% Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 ranks with 2007 as one of the warmest and earliest Margaret River harvests, producing very polished and luscious wines.
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.
2011 saw the introduction of a sorting table into our winery. As in the case of the leading Chateaux of Bordeaux, this sorting table has been placed between our redesigned destemmer and the crusher, enabling us to sort through the crush berry by berry.
This wine was picked over 2 weeks beginning on the 19th of March. 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 2011 ‘Margaret’ is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 14% Malbec. The colour is intense deep red with crimson hues. The nose shows layers of toasty French oak, blackcurrant, mulberry and Satsuma plum. The palate is mouth filling, dense and layered, with the flavours mirroring the nose. The wine finishes with polished ripe tannins and great length.
Bottled in Stelvin, our 2011 ‘Margaret’ will be best enjoyed from 2016 to 2030.
92+ Points – Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate)
92 Points James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2014 01 Jan 2014
95 Points – Jeremy Oliver 01 Jan 2015
Gold Medal – Margaret River Wine Show 2013 01 Jan 2013
95 Points – Huon Hooke
Double Gold Medal – Sakura Women’s Wine Awards