The first thing I would say is that a wine of this quality selling for $25 has to be one of the bargains of the year. It is a hugely complex wine displaying excellent oak handling and such a delicate fine palate, but one with such deep layers of fruit working in harmony with the oak. Has a pristine fine palate that pierces through to a very long finish. Excellent.
This super chardonnay has now well and truly joined the ranks of the very best in the region. This is stunning wine displaying some wonderful aromatics of savoury light stone fruit and pear. The palate shows the result of delicate handling and finesse allowing the fruit to express itself beautifully. It’s so long and precise with incredible depth and power. The best Chloe yet.
A beautifully fragrant wine based on the classic Right Bank Bordeaux varieties in combination. Has a spicy floral red berry nose with a trace of light cedar. So appealing. The palate is medium bodied and supremely elegant and stylish. Fine firmish tannins and a lick of oak hold the palate precisely. Has the fruit and the structure for a few more years. Another wine that clearly over delivers at this price.
A blend of cabernet sauvignon merlot and a small amount of malbec. Shows the distinctive Woodlands stamp of great oak use and fruit handling. There is a brightness and vitality about the wine which displays great structure and poise. Lifted floral notes on the nose and a palate that runs with intensity and purpose to a very long focused finish. There is a sweet fruit succulence in the middle palate balance by those fine tannins.
Another outstanding cabernet from the guys at Woodlands. It’s largely cabernet sauvignon with a small addition of malbec and cabernet franc. Gets 21 months in new French oak which the powerful fruit needs to capture its best. Showing more fruit flesh and opulence than the tighter 2012 but as it breathes he succulent deep concentrated fruit reveals more of itself. Great tannin and oak balance. A cracking wine.
Winemaker of the Year – Stuart Watson
Woodlands cabernet merlot 2014 ($25)
Another totally engaging young red from these guys. This is less opulent and more understated than some and yet such is the elegance that it presents with a great level of sophistication. Such poise and expression for a wine of this price. Leafy red fruits, a trace of black olive and cedary tobacco. A lot happening in there within such a poised and elegant palate. Gorgeous stuff.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 4 years
Woodlands chardonnay 2014 ($25)
A keenly acute and precise young chardonnay displaying pristine fruit. Citrus and grapefruit with a touch of minerality. The palate has good texture but retains a lively fresh racy feel through to its long finish. Nice wine for drinking over the next couple of years.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 2 years
Woodlands Chloe chardonnay 2014 ($75)
A first-rate chardonnay displaying such compelling complexity at an early stage in its development. Augurs well for the future. Mealy cereal and savoury nuances on the nose with a sort of funky feel. The palate is lavish and rich with layers of flavour building to the finish. The precision of the acid and subtle citrusy fruit provides focus.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 5 years
Woodlands Margaret Reserve cabernet merlot malbec 2013 ($45)
I love this wine. There is a real sense of place and vineyard from the time you take in those heady aromas through to the palate with its steely minerally thread carrying through to a long finish. Elegant and most stylish and making the most of some exceptional merlot and malbec to support the cabernet. First-rate wine of real class.
SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 12 years
Woodlands Thomas cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($150)
Wine of the Year, Red Wine of the Year and Best of the West 2016 – cabernet sauvignon
Ranks with the finest Woodlands cabernets. In fact it might be the finest. It’s certainly the most elegant and poised, yet there is still that deep concentration of fruit weight that carries through the mid palate to a very long finish. Such silky fine oak and fine tannins hold it all creating an effortless length through to the very long finish. One of the greats of the region.
SCORE 98/100 CELLAR 20 years
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