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CountryAustralia
Region
Margaret River
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AppellationMargaret River
Grape
Syrah / Shiraz
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Grenache / Garnacha
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Year2014
Producer
Deep Woods Estate
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ABV14.5%


Margaret River

Today the most famed appellation in Western Australia, Margaret River has a remarkably short history as a wine region.  The first significant plantings here were in the late 1960s.  Growth has been spectacular: there are now around 200 producers, with more than 5000 hectares under vine.
 
Cool by Australian standards, the climate is Mediterranean with significant maritime influence; most vineyards are only a few miles from the Indian Ocean.  Perhaps inspired by the west-facing coastal location, Bordeaux varieties are the stars here.
 
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted black grape, with Merlot coming a close third to Australia’s ever-present Shiraz.  The region’s reputation was built on the quality of its Cabernets and red Bordeaux blends.
 
Surprisingly then, there’s actually more land planted with white grapes.  In keeping with the Bordeaux influence, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are the main ones, with Chardonnay coming a close third.  Semillon/Sauvignon blends are a particular speciality, and some of Australia’s best Chardonnay comes from here too.


Deep Woods Estate

Established in 1987 in the Yallingup Hills sub-region of Margaret River, Deep Woods Estate was acquired in 2005 by the Fogarty family, becoming part of the Fogarty Wine Group that includes the Millbrook and Smithbrook estates also in Western Australia, and the iconic Lake’s Folly, the most famous estate of the Hunter Valley.
 
Chief winemaker Julian Langworthy was recruited in 2011, and since then Deep Woods has racked up 25 Trophies and 70-odd Gold Medals at Australia’s highly competitive Wine Shows.  They produce a full range of whites and reds, with their Cabernet Sauvignons being particularly acclaimed as perhaps Margaret River’s best.  Julian’s talent led to his being named Winemaker of the Year 2019 by Australia’s preeminent wine critic, James Halliday.

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This unusual red blend is from the winery’s mid-level ‘Estate’ range.  Despite those modest pretensions it has won a clutch of awards at Australian Wine Shows and has received consistently high scores from pre-eminent Aussie wine critic James Halliday, who awarded 95 points to this 2014 vintage.
 
2014 was an excellent vintage in Margaret River with above-average rainfall in 2013 followed by a dry summer and autumn from December onward.  Combined with near-constant ocean breezes this ensured healthy grapes.  Temperatures dropped considerably in late April and early May, prolonging the ripening season and allowing complexity to build and tannins to soften.  Harvest was about a week later than usual.
 
As its name suggests, “Shiraz et al” is mostly Shiraz, with 15% Malbec and 5% Grenache in the mix as well.  The fruit comes from vineyards in the Wallcliffe area of Margaret River, considerably to the south of Deep Woods’ base at Yallingup and therefore rather cooler.  Each parcel was vinified separately using a combination of punch-downs and pump-overs to manage the tannin levels.
 
After fermentation, many batches were pressed using a traditional basket press normally reserved for premium reds.  This yields softer tannins at the expense of more wastage, with 5% to 10% of the wine being left behind in the cake of pressed skins.  The wine was then matured in large used oak barrels for over a year, to soften and integrate the flavours without adding overt oak character.


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