Woodlands Clementine Cabernet Malbec Merlot, Margaret River
‘Clémentine’ is sourced entirely from the Woodlands Brook Vineyard, part of Woodlands since 2008. It is also on this property that Andrew and Marie fell in love, leading to their daughter ‘Clémentine’!
Notes from the Winery
"Dense and brooding, with plenty of high quality toasty/pencilly oak, black fruits, some marker pen lift, spice and dried herb perfume. Full bodied, lavish tannin, charred and tightly packed, distinct mineral feel here, red and black fruit pushing through on a long and inky finish. Bordeaux coursing through its veins, but with the personality of Margaret. It’s a much better wine than the 2015, for me, and deserves a good spell in the cellar."
94 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Very deep, dark purple/red colour. The bouquet is fresh and bright, fruity and cabernet-herbal, with violet high notes. The palate is intense, refined and elegant, understated but quietly powerful. There is freshness and intensity here, too. Delicious wine, beautifully balanced and elegant. (55% cabernet sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 15% Merlot, 14% Petit Verdot, all Wilyabrup Valley) Drink 2018 to 2033.
95 points, Real Review (8/2018).
55% cabernet sauvignon, 16% malbec, 15% merlot, 14% petit verdot matured in barrel (40% new) for 16 months. This, like all the Woodlands wines, is a reflection of a great site, meticulous viticulture and unrelenting attention to detail in the winery. Its majority percentage of cabernet means it is firmer than Emily, but it's a question of degree: first the tannins are perfectly ripe and secondly, the three other varieties are juicy and plush, the tannins very soft.
96 points, Wine Companion (February 2018)
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.