Deep opaque impenetrable red with a bright purple rim.
The nose is dense and complex showing dark fruits, Satsuma plums and dark bitter chocolate with alluring notes of anise.
The palate is rich and textured with slightly chewy earthy tannins that frame fruit flavours of dark plums, blackcurrant and cassis. A powerful palate is kept clean a juicy by its inherent bright acidity and varietal Cabernet characters.
This wine will benefit from cellaring 10+ years.Download Tasting Notes
The 2012 harvest in Margaret River continued a run of excellent vintages with slightly above average summer temperatures and average rainfall. Most importantly, for high quality Cabernet, the temperature was mild through February and March. This allowed premium fruit parcels to be picked in perfect condition in early April, prior to heavy rainfall later in the month.
The Deep Woods Yallingup wine is named after two vineyards (where the fruit was selected) located adjacent to each other in the Yallingup Hills with an average vine age of 30 years. This wine showcases the hallmarks of a true Yallingup Cabernet Sauvignon with incredible power and generosity of flavour. The wine was aged for 16 months in a combination of 40% new tight grain French oak and 60% seasoned oak barrels. The resultant wine is a selection of the very best five barrels from this barrel group and showcases a wine of classic regional expression and balance.
Margaret River 100%
Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
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Has good colour, albeit slightly less bright than Wilyabrup; the palate is more immediately complex in its fruit dimensions, and ripe tannins are more obvious in a balanced, full-bodied wine; there is also a greater range of flavours, and this may yet throw down a greater challenge in time than it does today. Drink by 2037.95
The ‘Grand Selection’ wines of the ever-increasingly good Deep Woods are flagships – selected site(s), best barrels. Winemaker Julian Langworthy has some nous and is now bolstering experience in the region, which has helped Deep Woods shift up a gear. This comes from two neighbouring vineyards in Yallingup, Margaret River. The wine spends 16 months in 40% new oak. Interestingly, I tried a home-made 25% blend of this and the Wilyabrup ‘Grand Selection’ and found it very enjoyable too. Bold scent of dark berry fruit, dried plum, fig, mocha, sniffs of green herbs and pepper with faint resinous oak character. Rich in flavour, the wine is dense in dark fruit, plum, dark chocolate and gravelly, coffee ground-like tannins. It’s a touch rugged, in a way, even if the heft of the fruit is able to swish away the shudder of earthy tannin. Needs some time, but at this stage just a touch out of sync, though the experience is worthy for fruit intensity and a bolder Margaret River cabernet expression. Drink 2018–2025+.92