Woodlands Wilyabrup Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2018

$30.00 inc. GST

The 2016 Wilyabrup Valley blend comprises 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 11% Malbec, 1.5% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc, and has matured in French oak for 14 months. In the glass the wine displays a vibrant garnet. The nose opens to display bright varietal characters of blackcurrant, combined with subtle lifted aromatics of strawberries and the floral scent of rose. Deeper layers then emerge bringing black tea, aniseed, maple and cocoa. At the heart of the nose lies the beauty of fresh clay, capturing the essence of the earth itself. The palette has the zing of raspberry and some spiciness of black pepper and gentle oak. This is a youthful and lively wine, balanced with fine tannins to create an excellent structure and a savoury finish. To appreciate this wine fully, we suggest opening one hour before drinking. To be enjoyed most between 2020-2026.


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Woodlands Wilyabrup Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2016
Posted on 30 July 2019.

Tasting alongside the 2017 vintage, which is current ex-winery, though this vintage is still available via its Sydney distributor: QED.

Finesse and fine bones, blue and red fruit, perfume, cedar and spice, with a slight earthiness. Bright and well-defined, savoury toast, tobacco and cedar flavours in the mix, red fruits too, firm but ripe tannin, and a dried herb and spice finish with juicy redcurrant trailing in the aftertaste. A whole lot of class at a modest price.

Rated : 93 Points
Tasted : Jul19


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Rated 90/100 by Huon Hooke_The Real Review
“Deep red colour with a good purple tint, the aromas fresh and ripe, cassis and blackberry, the palate fruit-first and firmly structured, with length and grip all in harmony. The tannins are a trifle grippy and there is a faint edge of sappy greenness at the end. Well priced in the scheme of things.(All Wilyabrup grapes with 40% estate-grown fruit)”