The summer of 2017 was atypically cool which ensured that both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot ripened slowly and picking choices weren’t rushed. Both varieties are planted on free-draining soils that allow for naturally low yields and balanced flavours. A dry April ensured maximum flavour and tannin ripeness were achieved. The parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon chosen for this wine were elegant and generous of flavour, gently structured, had fine tannin, great balance and length. Merlot from the 2017 vintage showed lovely fruit richness and spice. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were crushed in static fermenters. Pump-overs and delestage (rack and return) were used to extract fine tannin and colour. After 12 - 16 days, depending on the fruit, parcels were then pressed off before completing primary ferment in a tank. The wine was then racked into tight grain, thin stave Bordelaise French oak barriques, 35% of which were new, for 18-20 months.
Deep crimson with purple hues. Brimming with aromas of dark fruits, chocolate and bay leaf. Full and rich with notes of dark chocolate, liquorice and cassis. Ripe tannin abounds the palate and provides both structure and length.
Deep Woods Estate was founded in the northern end of the beautiful Margaret River region of W.A in 1987. It changed hands in 1992 when the Gould family purchased the winery, and was sold again in 2005. Today, it is part of the Fogarty Wine Group (they also own Lakes Folly, Millbrook and Smithbrook wines). The property nests on a ridge overlooking a sea of Jarrah and Marri trees, hence the name Deep Woods. It boasts 16 hectares of sustainably-managed, low-yielding vineyards segregated into 12 blocks planted to Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho, Chardonnay, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Winemaker Julian Langworthy employs traditional and state-of-the-art techniques to craft small batches of wines of impeccable quality under several different labels. The Deep Woods Reserve label is the ultra-premium range made entirely from estate-grown fruit. The Estate range brings beautiful varietal character and vibrancy while offering excellent value for money, whilst the Ebony, Ivory and Harmony label uses estate and locally sourced fruit. Stylistically they range from complex, zesty, nutty Chardonnays through to cassis and chocolate Cabernet Sauvignons displaying Margaret River typicity.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Bright purple-red, lifted, ripe black and red fruit, a hint of leaf plus assertive cedary-spice from French barriques. The acidity is just right and working with the fine-grained tannins to produce a long savoury finish. Ticking all the boxes. Quality young Margaret River cabernet with a long future.
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
Nothing like a few fine Cabernets on a hot summer day. Black fruit, dark mint chocolate, tobacco and pencilly oak. Full-bodied, plenty of deep flavour and gravelly tannin, a succulence of fruit, but dark chocolate and savoury stuff to balance. Finish is long and dry, thick but ripe tannin shaping it up. Really good. Tannin a highlight.