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WOODLANDS Thomas 2012

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WOODLANDS Thomas Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River
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WOODLANDS Thomas Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River
  • Style: Red
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Region: Margaret River
  • Code: WFRTC
  • Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Country: Australia

Region Margaret River

Margaret River 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 tem

Margaret River

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.

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Winery WOODLANDS

Established in 1973 by David and Heather Watson, Woodlands was one of the first 5 vineyards planted in the Margaret River region. The first cuttings were taken from the adjacent Moss Wood vineyard. The original dry grown 8 acres, planted between 1973 and 1976, has now expanded over time to 10 ha on prime classic rolling Wilyabrup landscape. The classic sandy loams over ancient gravelly red/brown loam over clay are especially suited to Cabernet Sauvignon and Margaret River’s remarkable “Gin Gin” clone Chardonnay. Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir are also grown. For much of the 1990’s the fruit was sold to nearby wineries, however in 1999 production under the Woodlands name began once in again. Since 2002 David Watson’s son Stuart has been the full time winemaker. His highly intuitive and laissez faire approach to winemaking, together with a superb vineyard site, has resulted in a flurry of interest from the media and fine wine collectors particularly for the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.