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Woodlands Cabernet Franc Merlot

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Every other wine producing state in Australia must be sick of the run of good vintages Margaret River has had, and here we have yet another one for them to get jealous over! This cab franc and merlot blend from top producers Woodlands has playful dashes of malbec and cab sav in the mix, and shows seductive smells of red fruits, clove spices, choc-mint and crushed leaves on the nose. This theme is continued on the medium-bodied palate and supported by some tight, gravelly tannins, bright acidity and a long, fist-clenching finish that begs for more time or a good decant. Remarkable value for the contents of the bottle, so it gets a double thumbs-up from us!

Winemaker's Notes

2012 saw near perfect ripening conditions in Margaret River, with warm dry conditions from February onwards ripening the fruit to perfection. 

Appearance: Deep intense crimson in colour.

Nose: The nose is broody and complex- with dark berry fruits dominating.

Palate: The palate is dense and exotic, showing the beautiful red berry fruits of Merlot and Cabernet Franc combined with the spice of Malbec. The wine finishes with lashings of ripe fruit tannin.

Cellaring: This wine will be will develop beautifully over the next ten years.

Grape Variety: 47% Cabernet Franc, 46% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Woodlands Cabernet Franc Merlot

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The Wine Front (2012 Vintage) says
47% Cabernet Franc, 46% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and how good are Woodlands wines at the moment? They are absolutely killing it. Raspberry, redcurrant, tobacco, aniseed and violet perfume, kiss of choc-vanilla oak along with some grassy varietal Franc notes. Medium bodied, fresh and red fruited – positively leaps through the mouth like those gazelles that go in and about clefts – grainy tannin controls and shapes, then there’s tight firm finish that runs pretty damn long. Mainly though, it’s just so good to drink. Vibrant and delicious.
The Wine Front 2014
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Bright, clear crimson-purple; the message of a fragrant, scented red berry bouquet changes tack smartly as the tannins of the otherwise medium-bodied palate take hold; needed fining or longer in barrel.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Youthful crimson-purple; while early bottled, is not callow, but the fruit flavours are razor sharp and clear, with cassis and hints of tobacco, the tannins controlled.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
An interesting blend of varieties. You might think it's going to be light and airy fairy. Ah, no. It's got plenty in there but with a deft effortlessly long delivery showing poise and elegance Silky smooth palate and great value for money. Buy a heap of this if you can. Cellar door only.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010

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