A restrained and quite tight and taut young chardonnay, but one as you get into it that gradually releases some really attractive fruit characters. Aromas of light nutty and grapefruit with a subtle toasty oak. The palate is crunchy and minerally with a lively mouth feel. Held tight and precise with a zippy fine acidity. Nice wine in the short term.
Here’s a Spanish variety I would love to see more of in Australia, especially when you see wines of this quality. A small amount of a more famous Spanish variety tempranillo has been added to add some texture. The result is a strong fruit-driven wine showing a delicious mix of sweet and sour cherry with a spicy and slightly savoury influence. Smooth and tactile.
You don’t even want to know how the name Killdog Creek came about, though the back label will tell you. But you will want to know about the wine. It’s a lovely smooth and generously supple wine made from this famous Spanish variety. Fruit raspberry and confectionary with a little deeper earthy savoury character Supple tannins and fine acid support the fruit driven palate which is ideal for current drinking.
So soft, generous and all round cuddly. Such a good example of the generous fuller bodied style of some sections of Margaret River. Beautiful plum plummy fruit with a little licorice and spicy peppery characters The palate is velvety and plush with a seamless merging of tannins and oak supporting the fruit through to an impressively long finish. Slightly savoury edge on the finish completes a very good wine with cellaring potential.
This wine is now consistently among the finest Margaret River cabernets and this vintage is as good as any I have tasted. Exotic highly scented aroma of leafy minty blackcurrant notes on the nose. The palate is so deep and hugely concentrated with all that cabernet power, yet there is a high degree of finesse and refined elegance that creates an effortless yet immensely long finish. A beauty.
Woody Nook Gallagher’s Choice cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($65)
Consistently a very good wine. This one is very ripe and generous with stacks of attractive blackcurrant and black olive influences on both the palate and the nose. Lovely integration of cedary oak with a sprinkle of herbs and leafy tobacco adding further interest. So well balanced. It will cellar happily for a number of years.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 12 years
Woody Nook Single Vineyard chardonnay 2014 ($32)
A tight and crunchy young chardonnay still to reveal its best qualities. Has distinct melon and celery characters on the nose with a trace of lightly toasted oak. The palate has a keen edge of acid and minerals with a sustained finish. Clean and crisp on the finish.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 6 years
Woody Nook Limited Release graciano and tempranillo 2013 ($26)
A blend of two famous Spanish varieties. A soft and generously rounded red blend with a soft and supple middle palate. Blackberry and spices with a dry savoury and slightly dusty finish. Some lifted primary fruit characters of cherry and raspberry stamp the tempranillo influence. One for those big plates of pasta and meat sauce.
SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 5 years
Woody Nook Single Vineyard cabernet merlot 2013 ($32)
Classic Margaret River blend. It offers a real feast of blackcurrant and plummy blackberry aromas and flavours. The palate is powerful with deep concentration of fruit supported with firm tannins and a decent lick of oak. Finish is slightly astringent but there is plenty of fruit sweetness in there.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 7 years
Woody Nook Single Vineyard shiraz 2012 ($32)
Excellent shiraz which highlights the savoury dusty Margaret River style while delivering some rather delicious fruit sweetness underneath. This is a substantial wine with the influence of American oak important and profound. The mix of spices and pepper with that sweet vanillin oak is so well managed. Will continue to evolve.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 10 years
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