"A blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 16% Malbec, the 2016 Margaret is a smooth, fine-textured red. Medium to full-bodied, it's less concentrated and robust than the Clementine, but it's nicely aromatic and supple, with a long, elegant finish."
91 points, Wine Advocate (February 2019)
"A three-way split between 67% cabernet sauvignon, 17% merlot and 16% malbec, and they are completely in sync. Violets, cassis, mulberries and a baker's box of spices; firm but fine-grained tannins. The palate is fuller-bodied yet finely textured. Superb wine."
96 points, Wine Companion (February 2019)
"Blackberry, cherry, tobacco and ash, mint chocolate, cedar, flowers and dried herb. Medium-bodied, cherry pie, a bit of spice too, with earth, pencil and dried herb accents, grainy open-weave tannin, a cool and minerally feel, a long perfumed mixed berry finish to close. Excellent."
95 points, The Wine Front (July 2019)
"Deepish red colour with a glint of purple. The bouquet is superbly fragrant with a rose petal,
subtle violet and red and dark fruit fragrance, edged with exotic spices. Very intense flavour, full-bodied, with a
sweet fruit core, firm tannins and great elegance, its wonderful spectrum of flavour lasting very long on the palate.
There's a lot of detail here. A majestic cabernet blend, with a glorious future.
(Grown on the original Woodlands Vineyard on Caves Road, planted 1973)
17 MAR 2020 DRINK: 2020–2040"
96 Points, The Real Review
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.