2014 was a warm consistent year producing wines of balance, with a wet spring followed by warm dry conditions until February ripening the Merlot and Malbec to perfection. From March onwards the conditions cooled somewhat, and there was some rain in April which extending out the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest by up to 3 weeks.
Like all Woodlands wines, our Cabernet Merlot is produced solely from the Wilyabrup Valley, an area located in the heart of the Margaret River region that enjoys sandy loam soils, excellent drainage, and a moderate to warm climate.
This wine was picked in small batches from 28th of February to the 21st of May. Following harvest, the portions of this blend were sorted berry by berry on our vibrating sorting table. This process allows us to remove any leaves, stems, or green berries that can result in bitter or under ripe characters in the wine.
Once sorted, the fruit was crushed and fermented in small stainless steel fermenters. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was transferred into French oak barrels where it remained for 14 months.