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Watson Family Vineyard Margaret River Shiraz

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No wonder Woodlands Estate is where it is today- these guys know Margaret River, as well, if not better, than most. Outstanding.

It seems that everyone has a side project these days. Damon Alban has the Gorillaz. Sylvester Stallone has his oil paintings (true story) and even George from Masterchef has a range of Greek dips (also true).

Naturally winemakers are getting in on the act, and today's wine is a project label from a very famous Margaret River wine name.

We're talking about the Watson family, who famously planted the Woodlands vineyard back in 1973. Acknowledged as amongst the earliest plantings in Margaret River (following closely behind the likes of Vasse Felix and Cullen), the Woodlands vineyard is unquestionably one of the finest in the region.

With this Watson Family Vineyards label, second generation Watsons (Andrew and Stuart) are looking to create something a little different from the normal Woodlands wines (including a Nebbiolo!), produced from vineyards around the region.

The 2014 Woodlands Family Vineyards Shiraz is a perfect example of what the duo are capable of, the wine made using grapes from a cool vineyard south of Margaret River township and then another parcel off a 40yo, dry-grown vineyard in the famed Wilyabrup Valley itself.

A beautifully spicy, yet still so juicy and sexy, style of modern Margaret River Shiraz, this is just superb wine. You can just see the stamp of clever winemaking all through this too, the classy tannins and perfectly formed flavours are just glorious.

The only oddity then is the price - it is just crazy that we can sell this for sub $15 as we'd have no hesitation in placing it up against $30-$35 Margaret River Shiraz. It's that good.

All of which means you'd be a fool to miss this Shiraz. It is, quite simply, unbeatable value wine.

Winemaker's Notes

2014 wines from Margaret River are balanced and elegant. Warm and clear flowering conditions enabled higher crops- which ripened evenly over the summer. We feel the 2014 vintage is most similar to the outstanding 2012 vintage. This wine was sourced from two vineyard locations. The first is located to the south of Margaret River, which produces very elegant aromatic Shiraz fruit. The second vineyard was from a plot of 40 year old dry grown vines in the heart of the Wilyabrup Valley. After harvesting, this wine was destemmed, but not crushed, before being ‘cold soaked’ on skins for five days prior to fermentation.

Also, a portion of this wine was hand picked and left as whole bunches in the ferment to add complexity. Following fermentation this wine was matured in small French oak barrels. The nose of this wine shows an aromatic display of red and dark berry fruits. Ripe, plump, but medium bodied – this wine bursts with a combination of red berry fruits, white spice and toasty oak notes.

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