Woodlands

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.
David’s son Stuart took the reins as Winemaker in 2002. Andrew Watson joined Woodlands full time in 2005. Stuart and Andrew (pictured right) carry on the family love for Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet blends.
In 2005 and 2006 Woodlands won Trophies at the Margaret River W
ine Show, the Winewise Small Vignerons Awards, and the Boutique Wine Awards. Woodlands also won gold medals at the National Wine Show, the Margaret River Wine Show, the Perth Royal Wine Show, the Rutherglen Wine Show, the Winewise Small Vignerons Awards, and the Boutique Winemaker’s Awards. 
In 2007 the Watson family purchased the Woodlands Brook vineyard, located on Puzey road in the Wilyabrup Valley. With Woodlands Brook, the Watsons see a great opportunity to plant more Cabernet Sauvignon on free-draining, south facing Wilyabrup soils. 
Woodlands now has an annual production of 9000 cases, specializing in red wine, and remains owned and operated by the Watson family. In 2010 David and Heather were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Margaret River Wine Industry Association.

Cabernet Sauvignon Heather Jean

The 'Estate' Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from the original Woodlands plantings on a south-facing slope. These four small plots receive the greatest number of sunlight hours at Woodlands, but the east-west orientation of the vines ensures a slow fruit maturation. These plots are almost always picked last.
Woodlands have observed that some plots of their vineyard produce aromatic ferments, while others are more structured. The most pungent batches are treated to small open fermenters enhancing aromatics. Parcels showing greater structure are vinified in small closed fermenters, where they remained on skins over a period of forty five days. The best of both worlds, a wine that retains vibrant aromatic fruit whilst gaining structure and adding weight. After twelve months, the best barrels of each batch are determined and set aside for the final assemblage. The completed wine will have remained in exclusively new French oak barrels for twenty one months.
94% Cabernet, 4% Malbec, 2% Cab franc

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Price: Fl $960
 
Margaret River Wilyabrup Valley Margaret

Wilyabrup is famous for yielding some of the finest Cabernet in the world and Woodlands take aim at creating a wine that emulates the great vineyards of Bordeaux. Grapes from soil of heavy loam over clay & gravel (70% Cabernet Sauvignon - 16% Merlot - 14% Malbec) are hand picked in mid March, sorted, destemmed and crushed into small closed fermenters. Vinification begins quickly and musts are pumped over four times daily. Upon completion, the Cabernet component is treated to thirty days on skins, followed by transfer of all batches to French oak barrels for a full malolactic and eighteen months maturation before assembling into the finished wine.

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2011, Steven Tanzer - 92

Price: Fl $400
 
Wilyabrup Valley Cabernet Franc Merlot

Our Cabernet Franc Merlot is produced from our Woodlands Brook Vineyard, located two kilometres north east of Woodlands. The vineyard faces gently to the northwest, and the soil is composed of Bordeaux-like soil of quartz, gravel and loam over clay. This vineyard, like Woodlands, is unirrigated. This wine is a blend of 47% Cabernet Franc, 46% Merlot, 4% Malbec, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon that has spent 10 months maturing in one, two and three year old French barrels.

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Price: Fl $248, 2cs $232
 
Wilyabrup Valley Chardonnay Chloe

The ‘Chloe’ Chardonnay plot was hand picked on the 27th of February at just over 12 Baumé. There is a harmony of acidity and fruit that is prized in the northern reaches of Margaret River. Often this is seen in riper vintages in Karridale & Wallcliffe or balanced to cooler vintages in Wilyabrup and Margaret River proper. Once the fruit was pressed and settled for 7 days, the clear juice was transferred into French barrels, of which just over one-third were new. Fermentation proceeded quickly and cleanly. Following fermentation the wine remained in barrel, with the lees stirred once a month. This wine was bottled in January 2013 after 11 months in barrel.

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"The 2012 'Chloe' Chardonnay offers notes of nectarines, green guava and honeydew melons with nuances of struck match, baking bread, cashews and cedar. Medium-bodied with an elegant, very fine structure, it gives plenty of primary flavors and tension at this youthful stage, finishing with great persistence. Drink this one 2014 to 2019+. Rating: 93+" - Wine Advocate

Price: (6 bottle case) Fl $300