2016
Woodlands
Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot
Wilyabrup Valley

2016
Woodlands
Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot 
Wilyabrup Valley

2016 was a stellar vintage, and certainly one that will reward extended cellaring. Winter rainfall was lower than average, October was warm and dry, and flowering was short. A heavy deluge of rain in mid January was appreciated, and dry mild conditions continued through an extended ripening period.

The 2016 Wilyabrup Valley blend comprises 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 11% Malbec, 1.5% Petit Verdot and 0.5% Cabernet Franc, and has matured in French oak for 14 months. Like all Woodlands wines, the Cabernet Merlot is produced solely from the Wilyabrup Valley, an area located in the heart of the Margaret River region with sandy loam soils, excellent drainage, and a moderate to warm climate.

In the glass the wine displays a vibrant garnet. The nose opens to display bright varietal characters of blackcurrant, combined with subtle lifted aromatics of strawberries and the floral scent of rose. Deeper layers then emerge bringing black tea, aniseed, maple and cocoa. At the heart of the nose lies the beauty of fresh clay, capturing the essence of the earth itself. The palate has the zing of raspberry and some spiciness of black pepper and gentle oak.

This is a youthful and lively wine, balanced with fine tannins to create an excellent structure and a savory finish. To appreciate this wine fully, we suggest opening one hour before drinking.

  • Region: Margaret River
  • Varietal: 46% Cabernet Sauvignon ~ 41% Merlot ~ 11% Malbec ~ 1.5% Petit Verdot ~ 0.5% Cabernet Franc
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Vine Age: 14 years old
  • Yield: 2.5 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Sandy Loam and Gravel
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Oak: 14 months in neutral French oak
  • Production: 500 cases
Winery & Regional Information
MARGARET RIVER

One of the most vibrant and popular wine destinations in Australia, the Margaret River has an exceptional range of restaurants, accommodation and tourist activities. After a much-publicized birth in the early 1970s prompted, in part, by Professor Harold Olmo's research but, more importantly, that of Dr John Gladstones in 1965, the region briefly lost its momentum in the late 1980s... Learn More »

WOODLANDS

MARGARET RIVER

Woodlands vineyard was established in 1973 by David & Heather Watson on Caves Road in Wilyabrup, and was one of the first five vineyards to be planted in the Margaret River Wine Region. David and Heather aimed to create wines to emulate the great vineyards of Bordeaux.  Woodlands came to fame early on with the release of the 1981 ‘Andrew’ Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine won trophies for ‘Best Red Wine’ at the Perth Wine Show, the Mt Barker Wine Show, and the National Wine Show. This wine was the first from Margaret River to achieve a National Red Wine Trophy. ... Learn More »

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