About Woodlands Wines

THE BEGINNING

1973

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

EARLY SUCCESS

1981

Woodlands came to fame early on with the release of our 1981 ‘Andrew’ Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine won trophies for ‘Best Red Wine’ at the Perth Wine Show, the Mt Barker Wine Show, and the National Wine Show. This wine was the first from Margaret River to achieve a National Red Wine Trophy. Subsequent Cabernets made by David Watson won trophies and critical acclaim across the country.

THE BREAK

1992 – 1999

In 1992 Woodlands production virtually ceased while David and Heather brought their children up in private schools in Perth, and fruit was sold to other high profile producers in the region.In 1999, with the children out of school, Woodlands began to produce wines again, making the most of its fully mature vines.

SECOND GENERATION

2002

Stuart Watson took the reins as Winemaker in 2002 and Andrew Watson joined Woodlands full time in 2005. Stuart and Andrew carry on the family love for Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet blends.

WOODLANDS BROOK

2007

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.

TODAY

2017

Woodlands now has an annual production of 12000 cases, specialising 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.

In 2016 David & Heather were the joint recipients of the prestigious Jack Mann Memorial Medal. The medal is awarded annually to those who have made a significant contribution to the WA Wine Industry.

Woodlands’ premier wine, the Cabernet Sauvignon, is still made from the same planting originally made by David and Heather in 1973. Woodlands Cabernet Sauvignon continues to garner awards and critical acclaim, including being listed in the Langton’s Classification of Fine Wines.

Woodlands Wines

This picturesque little vineyard planted in 1973 opposite Metricup Road is one of the finest small producers in Australia, with the trio of founder David Watson and sons Stuart and Andrew producing a remarkable range of wines. The wines, especially the cabernets and cabernet blends, are consistently exceptional, reflecting both region and site. Worth going to the cellar door to check out some special limited release wines.

OWNERS : David Watson and Heather Watson
WINEMAKERS : Stuart Watson
ESTABLISHED : 1973
VINEYARD LOCATION : Wilyabrup
ANNUAL CRUSH : 285 tonnes
VARIETIES : Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot

CELLAR DOOR : 3948 Caves Road, Wilyabrup
OPEN : Monday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm
WINE PRICES : $25 – 150
PHONE : 9755 6226
EMAIL : mail@woodlandswines.com
WEBSITE : www.woodlandswines.com
DISTRIBUTION : Cellar Door, Retail, Mail Order, Online

Woodlands Wilyabrup Valley chardonnay 2016 ($28)

A lighter-bodied chardonnay, but one displaying admirable complexity and subtleties. Aromas of light white peach and smoky light char. The palate is beautifully precise and elegantly long. There is so much subtle intrigue in here and yet it is so modestly priced. Will be on my shopping list
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 5 Years

Woodlands Wilyabrup Valley cabernet sauvignon merlot 2015 ($28)

There is a high degree of class and sophistication in this cabernet merlot. It is yet another of the Woodlands wines that delivers well beyond its price point. The oak use is excellent while the fruit intensity speaks of vineyard and region. Excellent value wine.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 5 years

Woodlands Clementine 2015 ($39)

This new release is a blend of 55 per cent cabernet with the remainder mainly merlot and malbec, and just a small amount of petit verdot. The remarkable thing is that this sophisticated and most expressive wine is selling for less than $40. The fruit intensity is superb and the oak so well managed. It is quality through and through and clearly has class stamped all over it.
SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 10 years

Woodlands Margaret 2015 ($55)

This is a blend of cabernet merlot and malbec. Always been one of my favourite wines from Woodlands and this cracker hasn’t disappointed. Beautiful sweet succulent fruit held with fine grainy and slightly chalky tannins and some perfectly judged oak. Oak, as always, is a feature of these wines and the balance is just so good. Super fine and elegant. A wine of great charm and poise.
SCORE 97/100 CELLAR 15 years

Woodlands Matthew cabernet sauvignon 2014 ($150)

I expected that this just might be a pretty good wine, coming from this great Margaret River vintage. Well, it hasn’t disappointed. One of the most elegant and stylish super cabernets I can recall from Woodlands. There is a delicious understatement that gradually builds to a super long finish. Oak and fruit hold the succulent fruit perfectly, A little leaf, a trace of graphite and black olive. So much to take in. As good as I have tasted in this distinguished line.
SCORE 98/100 CELLAR 20 years

Woodlands Vineyard

Woodlands has two vineyards, located within 2km of each other in the Wilyabrup Valley. At both vineyards each variety is planted in its particular location due to the soil composition and plot aspect. All vines are dry grown and farmed using traditional and organic methods. Both vineyards are maintained by hand and attention includes undervine cultivating, hand weeding, cane pruning, bunch and crop thinning, leaf removal and hand picking.

In 1973 cuttings were taken from a nearby vineyard, and an initial planting of eight acres was made in rows heading east-west along the contour of the property – 3 meters between rows and 1.75 meters between vines. The initial planting comprised 3 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. A further 5 acres was planted between 1974 and 1976, comprising Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. The old block was completed in 1985, with 4 acres of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon planted. Subsequent plantings now sees Woodlands with a total of twenty six acres (ten hectares) of vines.

Wine Making Process

Cellar Door

3948 Caves Road
Wilyabrup
Western Australia, 6280

CONTACT

Phone Mobile: 0409 115 476 Phone: 08 9755 6226
Fax 08 9755 6236
andrew@woodlandswines.com

Website

www.woodlandswines.com

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