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Wilyabrup Valley

2020 Wilyabrup Valley Cabernet Franc Merlot

2020 Wilyabrup Valley Cabernet Franc Merlot

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Woodlands have produced this blend of Cabernet Franc Merlot blend since 2008. Each year we produce around 20 barrels of this blend, sourced entirely from the Wilyabrup Valley.

Cabernet Franc is often disobedient in our Cabernet Sauvignon blends, tending to thin out the palate. However, when blended with Merlot, the variety really comes into its own.

The winter leading into 2020 began with good rainfall but finished below the long term average. A cold front came through in late October, bringing hail which reduced the overall yield. Following came a very warm and very dry Spring and Summer, and an exceptionally early start to the harvest.

The combination of hail damage, low rainfall and the hot summer reduced crops by between 20% and 40% on average around the region. The resulting wines are very concentrated, with firm tannins at this early stage.

Our 2020 Cabernet Franc Merlot is a 50:50 blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot matured in French oak for 15 months.

2020 Wilyabrup Valley Cabernet Franc Merlot is bright, intense crimson in colour.

The nose has an abundance of blueberry, mulberry, and toasty grilled almond aromas on the nose. The classic Cabernet Franc indeed!

The palate is very clean and bright, its fresh fruit profile gliding over fresh natural acidity, adding cranberry and crunchy blue fruits to the mix, finishing with a hint of white spice.

Match this wine with Italian sausage pasta, or Sicilian eggplant Caponata with bruschetta.

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