Woodlands Thomas cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($150)

Each year our Cabernet Sauvignon is named after a family member or family friend. This year our Cabernet Sauvignon is entitled “Thomas” after Stuart and Shelley’s son, born in 2012.

2012 saw near perfect ripening conditions in Margaret River, with warm dry conditions from February onwards ripening the fruit to perfection. In particular, a dry and mild March enabled us to pick each plot at perfect ripeness.

Our Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from our original plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Cabernet Franc found on our south-facing slope. The soil profile of this slope is generally sandy loam over gravel and clay. The top of the slope, where the Cabernet Franc is planted, has significantly more gravel in its soil. These four small plots receive the greatest number of sunlight hours on our vineyard, but the east-west orientation of the vines ensures a slow fruit maturation. These are the last batches we harvest each year.

This wine was harvested between 26 March and 3 April, yielding 7.78 tonnes per hectare (or 54 hectolites per hectare). After being picked, the fruit was destemmed before passing over our sorting table. Although this wine is hand picked, there are still many vegetal items to be removed – such as the remainders of stems and green berries. The table also guards against over ripe characters, as we also remove any raisoned berries.

Once sorted and crushed, this wine was fermented in small closed fermenters. Following fermentation, the must remained on skins for 35 days before being pressed for the secondary malolactic fermentation to occur. Afterwards, the wine was transferred into new French medium toast barrels to mature for 19 months.

This wine is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. The colour is a deep crimson. The nose is dense and brooding, with red and black fruits, dark chocolate and toasty barrel notes. The palate is supple, balanced and refined, with fine-grained tannins running the length. A very aristocratic wine, it promises to be absolute classic.

Destined for a great future in the cellar, our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon will be best enjoyed from 2025 to 2042.


Technical Data

  • Varietal : Cabernet Sauvignon ,

  • Brand name : Woodlands Thomas cabernet sauvignon 2012,

  • Liquor style : red Wine,

  • Country : Australia,

  • Region : Margaret River wineries,

  • State : Western Australia,

  • Varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon ,

Buy it Now

Ray Jordan

Wine Guide 2016

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

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

11/03/2016 The Wine Advocate Reviews the Woodlands Range

Drink 2016 – 2030 Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Thomas Cabernet Sauvignon opens with sweet black plums, warm black currants, blueberries and spice box plus subtle mocha and chocolate box hints. Rich, medium-bodied, and evolving very slowly in the mouth, it has firm, grainy tannins, great length with a wonderfully spicy finish. Approachable yet still very youthful, this is one for the cellar.

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