This wine was harvested in small batches. This was the first Cabernet blend released using the winery's new receiving equipment - utilising only gravity and vibration. The hopper lifts the fruit in the air before gently shaking the bunches into the destemmer, which in turn removes the stems by swinging a cage from side to side. This process is much more gentle on the fruit, and has the added advantage that shot berries, dry grapes and unripe grapes remain on the stems (and out of the wine).
Woodlands vineyard was established in 1973 by David & Heather Watson and was one of the first five vineyards to be planted in the Margaret River Wine Region along with the likes of Mosswood and Cullen. David and Heather aimed to create wines to emulate the great vineyards of Bordeaux.
Woodlands produces wines from its two vineyards, both located in the Wilyabrup Valley. The original vineyard is located on Caves Rd, while the Woodlands Brook Vineyard is located just two kilometres away to the northeast. The vineyards are dry grown and maintained by hand using traditional and biodynamic methods.
Woodlands now has an annual production of 12000 cases,
In 2010 David and Heather were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Margaret River Wine Industry Association and in 2016 were the joint recipients of the prestigious Jack Mann Memorial Medal. The medal is awarded annually to those who have made a significant contribution to the WA Wine Industry.
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