Deep Woods’ most vaunted red earned its place in the Langton’s Classification in 2018 (7th Edition) after displaying consistent quality and demand for the required minimum ten vintages. It is one of those wines at the tip of the Margaret River spear - demonstrating the brilliance that continues to come from that corner of Cabernet Country.
Deep Woods Estate’s sustainable and minimal-intervention farming and new trellising systems to optimise exposure have brought the vineyard into the big time. Vinification on skins (12 to 22 days depending on the season) is followed by 16 to 22 months maturation in new (40%) and seasoned French oak barrels.
An emerging classic.
Royal Sydney Wine Show 2019
Trophy - Best Cabernet Sauvignon
This has very attractive aromas of dried wild flowers and cedar with mint, bay leaf, sage and a base of redcurrants, red berries, plums and cherries. Some gently savory and flinty, gravely notes, too. The palate offers a very detailed and elegantly powerful brand of layered tannin that carries intense blueberry,cherry and blackcurrant flavors, in a shroud of oak spice. So much to come here. Try from 2023 and a decade after that.
98 points, JamesSuckling.com (April 2020)
Sourced entirely from the original estate vines planted in '87, matured for 18 months in new and used French oak. A wine of immediate power, coupled with the balance to guide it through the decades ahead. The flavours are grounded on blackcurrant and bay leaf, the tannins ripe.
97 points, Wine Companion (September 2019)
Very deep, rich red/purple colour, a concentrated appearance, while the bouquet is also firmly concentrated and lavishly-fruited, with masses of blackberry, cassis and cedar aromas and flavours, and well-sculpted tannins. The fruit-sweet centre is delicious. A succulent wine. Great flavour and structure. Most impressive. It has a huge future. (From the original vines, 30 years old in 2017)
96 points, The Real Review (January 2020)
This is another excellent release. So velvety, so firm, so plush and powerful. Blackcurrant and mint, violet undergrowth, cedar-cream and tobacco. It has lift and verve but it’s essentially brooding. It walks in your front door and heads straight to the cellar for a lie down. It’s a beautiful example of the cabernet breed.
95 points, The Wine Front (March 2020)
The 2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon highlights the advantages of sourcing fruit from the warm northern portion of Margaret River. It's all violets, cassis and plum, full-bodied, rich and velvety, despite the cool year. The ripe dark-fruit flavors remain fresh and mouthwatering, then pick up an appealing hint of cocoa on the lingering finish.
94 points, Wine Advocate (January 2020)
Located three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Serious vineyard development began only in the late 1960’s following the publication of a report by John Gladstones in 1965 stating that the area had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures within the growing season promoting even ripening. Margaret River’s climate is warm and maritime, with some cooling influence provided by southeast trade winds. The soils derive from granitic and a gneissic rock over which laterite has formed. The region can be divided in three sub-regions: the cooler south between Yallingup and Karridale with predominantly lateritic gravelly loamy sands and sandy loams; the warm and sunnier Willyabrup in the centre with predominantly gravelly loams, but some gritty sandy loams and granitic gravels; and Margaret River in the north with similar soils, but slightly cooler temperatures. This is entirely consistent with style; the wines from Willyabrup being more generous than the highly structured wines of the north and the elegant styles of the south. Margaret River is best known for high quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends and top notch Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Over the years, the region has established an astonishing reputation illustrating a consistency in quality and a strongly focused winemaking culture.