'Abundant varietal expression from go to whoa'
95 Points - James Halliday
2019 was a beautiful vintage in Margaret River. A steady, mild season allowed for slow, measured flavour development that resulted in balanced natural acidity and lifted varietal fruit character, resulting in wines with incredible perfume, true elegance and real personality. This wine is a delicate blend of estate-grown and select, southern Margaret River growers’ fruit. A small percentage of barrel fermentation and judicious lees stirring both enhanced the wine’s textural qualities and complexity in the mouth.
Very pale straw in colour. aroma Zesty lime, tropical fruit and herbal aromas with an undertone of blackcurrant leaf. palate The palate shows flavours of lime curd, lemon blossom and passionfruit. Pristine natural acidity provides freshness and length with a ripe, flavoursome finish.
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
Some barrel ferment with lees stirring employed, enhancing the texture being the main aim. Abundant varietal expression from go to whoa, with all manner of fruit to be found, ranging from passionfruit and citrus to more tropical aspects like mango and guava. It's ripe and flavoursome on the palate, but there's the crispness of acidity, and yes, it does have texture.
Trophy Best Sauvignon Blanc - 2018 Margaret River Wine Show