2004 Woodlands ‘Margaret’ Reserve Cabernet Merlot Malbec Margaret River, 14.2%

2004 Woodlands MargaretLast blog on this wine was from a tasting in 2009, so it will be interesting to see how it looks in October 2014.

The wine is a blend of 68% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot, 14% malbec and alcohol level is 14.2% . The wine is matured in French oak for 18 months; 32% new, 20% one year old and 42% two years old.

October 2014 tasting …

Colour – Rich red still with a purple rim.

Nose – Blackcurrant, cassis, spicy and dusty oak, after a while savoury spice and some violets still there.

Palate – Still vibrant and racy, medium to full bodied, tannins now softened by age but still present and fine. Waves of blackcurrant, cassis, a touch of mint still, and that lingering spice. The finish is long, and blackcurrant is still the dominant player.

This wine, now in its tenth year, is still so fresh and vibrant, and will easily see out another 10. Bottled under SCREWCAP, need I say more – thank you Woodlands. Alas I have only one to go.

We had this with marinade rubbed lamb racks and balsamic vegetables, a heavenly combination; this wine cries out for anything lamb.

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