Just gets it right for this blend. Grassy passionfruit and crunchy juicy citrus adding tang to complete a thoroughly engaging current drinking wine. So much flavour all held with a precise acidity to that sustained finish.
When you start fiddling with oak and sav blanc you can easily wreck the fruit with heavy handedness. Winemaker Severine Logan uses a dab hand to avoid any sense of that in making this wonderful expression of augmented sav blanc sing around 50 per cent barrel fermentation to brig just the right amount of texture and nutty richness to the naturally grassy tropical characters of the savvy. Always an excellent wine.
Plenty of well applied winemaking has gone into this chardonnay. It’s all barrel fermented in new and one-year-old barriques. The use of wild yeasts brings plenty of additional complexity into the mix. The palate is still so tightly wound but there is plenty in there with a little roast cashew and citrus tang. Some nice minerally brioche influenced flavours are superb.
Rich and opulent blended red offering stacks of goodies from the delicious blackcurrant to the fruit cake and dark plum. This is smooth and supple but still with a firm core of ripe tannin and subtle oak. Its chewy and its textured with a smooth finish. A little closing astringency keeps it perfectly defined.
Impressive shiraz from Margaret River. Aromas of coffee grinds, mocha chocolate and dark plum with a savoury loamy earthiness. The palate is so well managed with the tannin and oak regime perfectly aligned to the smooth concentrated fruit. There is a delightful silkiness in here that makes it such an appealing wine for current drinking but with the potential to age for a few years.
Watershed Single Block A1 Margaret River 2013 chardonnay ($44.95)
A smoothly textured, complex young chardonnay combining some excellent full-flavoured fruit with astute winemaking to capture it perfectly. Multi-layered palate with cashew and stone fruit flavours spruced up with a little toasty oak. The splash of citrus adds a further lift to the creamy rich palate. Nice wine.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 5 years
Watershed Shades sauvignon blanc semillon 2014 ($18.95)
Such an impressive blended white for this price. Lots of tropical fruit on the nose with a squeeze of passionfruit pulp and a lemony infusion. The palate is highly textural but with admirable crispness and finish. A lovely current drinking wine.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 2 years
Watershed Senses sauvignon blanc 2014 ($29.95)
This 50 per cent barrel fermented sauvignon blanc takes this variety to another level of sophistication and complexity. The highly scented aroma is immediately striking while the textural rich palate that retains its linear dimension is so intense and flavoursome. Love this style of wine that offers so much more than the norm.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 4 years
Watershed Senses cabernet merlot 2012 ($29.95)
Packs plenty of captivating Margaret River savoury blackcurrant into a high-class wine. There’s a bit of licorice, plum and black olive all swirling through its substantial structure and palate. Excellent tannin structure with a fine kick of oak support through to the finish. Like the dry savoury finish. Impressive.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 10 years
Watershed Senses shiraz 2012 ($29.95)
Spicy and slightly savoury Margaret River shiraz. Provides a distinct point of departure to the fleshier shiraz from the Great Southern. Its slightly gravelly tannins and substantial oak support a more angular palate profile. Lots of cherry and coffee chocolate flavours with a dry earthiness to finish. Impressively complex and interesting.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 10 years
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