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Woodlands Vineyard

2019 'Margaret'

2019 'Margaret'

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 'Margaret' Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Produced since 1992 and named in honour of Heather's French great grandmother, our 'Margaret has been our take on the Left Bank Bordeaux blend.

'Margaret' is sourced entirely from the Woodlands Vineyard. The Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the slope that wraps around a 90-degree radius from the east to the north, receiving a great deal of direct sunlight from morning to mid-afternoon. The Merlot and Malbec come from the west-facing slope of deep loam soil.

This fruit was hand-picked between the 24th March and 17th April 2019, gravity destemmed, hand sorted berry by berry, then transferred to stainless steel fermenters. The must spent 22 days on skins, with 50% of the wine fermenting without added yeast. After pressing, the wine was aged for 19 month in French barrels, of which 56% were new.

Our 2019 Margaret is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, and 9% Merlot.

2019 'Margaret' has an intense crimson hue. The nose is seductive and inviting, with notes of ripe cassis and mulberry, balanced with violet, cedar, and toasty oak - classic 'Margaret'.

On the palate, there is a svelte seamless quality to the entry. Following, there is a wonderful sense of flow - sumptuous red fruits (cherry, Doris plums, mulberry) overlay the tannin underneath, and lead to a generous and long lasting finish. Honestly, it's just lovely.

Enjoy this wine with plum-glazed duck breast, or crispy mushrooms with garlic and thyme on creamy white bean purée.

Though this wine can be enjoyed now, it will cellar well past 2030.
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Our original vineyard – Established in 1973

Woodlands Vineyard

In 1973 cuttings were taken from a nearby vineyard, and an initial planting of eight acres was made in rows heading east-west along the contour of the property – 3 meters between rows and 1.75 meters between vines. The initial planting comprised 3 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. A further 5 acres was planted between 1974 and 1976, comprising Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. The old block was completed in 1985, with 4 acres of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon planted. Subsequent plantings now sees Woodlands with a total of twenty six acres (ten hectares) of vines.

This vineyard is certified organic.