2014 Woodlands "Margaret" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 8% Malbec. Good hue; this is a dead centre mainstream Margaret River Bordeaux blend; like its SSB, it is a style that Margaret River achieves effortlessly (well, almost), with cassis, dried herb and black olive in a crib of ripe tannins and a dab of new French oak.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Comprised of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 8% Malbec, the 2014 Margaret and is very deep purple-black in color with lovely blackcurrant, blackberry, cedar, violet, cloves and cinnamon stick notes plus a touch of chocolate. Medium-bodied, taut and muscular, this blend has commendably firm tannins with a very long baking spice laced finish. A very classy Bordeaux Blend indeed. 95+ (LPB)
Comprised of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 8% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. This is one of the estates reserve bottlings sourced entirely from the original home block vineyard. The wine is very concentrated and structured. Deep black fruits at the core with savory tobacco and charred oak. A full bodied wine made with longevity in mind. The moderate 13.5% alcohol is representative of the cool end to the 2014 growing season that allowed extra flavor development in the Cabernet fruit without over-ripening. Interwoven with the brooding fruit is a distinctive mineral presence from Margaret River’s ancient soils. The wine is powerful but also has lovely freshness owing in large part to the sites exposed location and proximity to the rugged southern ocean. All of this is well polished during 18 months in 50% new top quality French oak. Drink 2017-2727. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Aussie Wine Buyer)