2014 Woodlands "Margaret Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Previously $50)

SKU #1294838 96 points Decanter

 A graceful and alluring blend which reveals its pedigree slowly, yet with great assurance. A focused core of both black and redcurrant fruit, which is still tightly coiled and reticent. Needs long cellaring.

95 points James Halliday

 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.  (10/2016)

95 points 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. (LPB) 95+  (3/2016)

K&L Notes

78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 8% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. 96 points Wine Front: "Intense fruit of the blackest kind, spice, tobacco and black olive, with cedar oak and a whisper of violet and chocolate. Medium bodied, but firm and well-knit, with bright acidity, an almost juicy pop of small berries, tobacco oak, and gravelly tannin trailing on a long precise and pulsating finish. Almost a hit of liquorice in the aftertaste? This is right in the slot for Margaret. A great release."

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Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/7/2017 | Send Email
Nicely aromatic. There's blackberries, brambles, and spice. Excellent concentration, good fruit intensity. A nice band of ripe, red fruit on the palate and a great finish. Very clean, very approachable. This is a good, upfront, easy drinking wine that is absolutely new-world classic Cabernet.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2017 | Send Email
One of the most impressive bottles of Cabernet to pass my lips this year! This is one of Woodlands' 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 dark brooding fruit is a distinctive mineral presence from Margaret River’s ancient soils. The wine is powerful but also has lovely freshness and persistence on the palate owing in large part to the vineyard site's exposed location and proximity to the cold, rugged Southern Ocean. All of this is well polished during 18 months in 50% new top-quality French oak.
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Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2017 | Send Email
Wilyabrup Valley is essentially the Rutherford Valley of Australia, i.e. it's one of the highest end sites in the region, and this wine definitely lives up to the region's reputation. This is a powerful, but refined Cabernet with plenty of fruit character. Margaret River can at times produce wines that are too woodsy and vegetal, but Woodlands hits the nail on the head by pruning the vines correctly and picking at just the right time. Margaret River wineries are well on their way to perfecting their Cabernets and the "Margaret" from Woodlands certainly deserves the high scores and praise it has gotten. Absolutely delicious wine!
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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5