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Details for Deep Woods, Ivory, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc


CountryAustralia
Region
Margaret River
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AppellationMargaret River
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc
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Year2015
Producer
Deep Woods Estate
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ABV12.5%


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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Unoaked Semillon-Sauvignon is a Margaret River speciality and Deep Woods ‘Ivory’ is a great example, having consistently won awards across many vintages.  This 2015 won gold medals at the Royal Melbourne, Royal Hobart and Margaret River wine shows: a remarkable achievement for such a modestly-priced wine.
 
It’s made entirely from Margaret River fruit, partly bought-in and partly from Deep Woods’ own vineyards.  The Semillon (I’m going to use the Aussie spelling without the accent) comes from the warmer, northern part of the region, in and around the Deep Woods estate at Yallingup, where it ripens fully.  By contrast, the Sauvignon Blanc comes from vineyards at the very southern end of Margaret River, where the cooler climate preserves its pungent aromas and crunchy green fruit.
 
Most years the blend is roughly equal with just a slight bias in Semillon’s favour, but 2015 saw a somewhat bigger skew: 62% Semillon and 38% Sauvignon.  It was a forward vintage, with the grapes being picked at the beginning of February two weeks earlier than usual.  Despite that it was a particularly good year for aromatic varieties, with excellent natural acidity present in the grapes at harvest time.
 
The various parcels were fermented separately at low temperatures in stainless steel, preserving their pure aromas.  Some of them were then aged on their lees to add texture and depth before being blended and bottled.


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