2020 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
2020 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
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Vendor Deep Woods

2020 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Regular price: $40.00
Club price: $36.00
$36.00
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Tasting Notes

winemaker's note

This is one of the best wines that Deep Woods Estate makes. It's the one that I cellar for special occasions and also drink on a Tuesday with pizza.

Julian Langworthy, Chief Winemaker

colour

Deep crimson with purple hues.

aroma

Brimming with aromas of violets, blackberry bramble and bay leaf.

palate

Full and rich with notes of dark chocolate, bramble and cassis. Soft, ripe tannin abounds the palate and provides both structure and length.

cellaring

This wine may be enjoyed on release but is capable of ageing and gaining complexity for 10 years from vintage.

Technical

vintage

The 2020 vintage was a brilliant season in Margaret River. A warm and dry season with below-average crop yield allowed for perfect tannin development and an incredible intensity of flavour. The resulting 2020 wines show amazing brightness and clarity, intense and charming fruit character and a youthful exuberance, which ensure enjoyment as both young and older wines.

winemaking

Fruit was crushed into separate fermenters and pump-overs and delestage were used to extract tannin and colour. After 10–14 days, the ferments were pressed before completing primary fermentation to dryness in tank. The wine was then racked into tight grain, thin stave Bordelaise French oak barriques, 20% of which were new and matured for 18 months before blending.

region

Margaret River

varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon 65%
Merlot 30%
Malbec 5%

analysis

  • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • pH: 3.50
  • Acidity (TA): 6.50 g/L

Food Pairings

Slow cooked lamb shanks in a rich Italian tomato sauce, served on a creamy mash.

Awards

Wine Show of Western Australia 2022

Margaret River Wine Show 2022

Royal Queensland Wine Awards 2022

Perth Royal Wine Awards 2022

Margaret River Wine Show 2021

Sydney Royal Wine Show 2022

Reviews

WA Good Food Guide Top 25 Wines of 2022

Number 22

The judges found this the most pleasing, balanced blend. Gentle, soft and succulent, it’s elegant with long lines of tannin, plus palate-resetting acidity. While fruit-forward and youthful, it also feels fragrant and pretty with good intensity and concentration. A sense of finesse here. 

Erin Larkin, Halliday Wine Companion 2023

2020 was a glorious vintage and it's here for all to see. Structural, dense, concentrated and broody, the length of flavour tails out through the long finish – in fact, far longer than any $35* wine has any business being. 

94 Points 94

*Please note this wine is $40

Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2023

A model of stylish expression, displaying the virtues of these two varieties in Margaret River in a very good year. It’s more medium bodied with a seamless integrated palate showing fine chalky tannins, fine well managed oak and leafy black fruits. A little violet and dark bitter chocolate adds further complexity.

92 Points 92

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