Woodlands Wilyabrup Chardonnay 2018


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The perfect combination of power and finesse, the nose displays an array of orchard fruits combined with toasty French oak notes. The palate mirrors the nose, finishing with lingering fruit, appealing savoury notes and perfectly balanced acidity.

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Winery: Woodlands

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The grapes are sourced from vineyard plots in the Wilyabrup Valley, planted on sandy loam and white clay soils.

Some of the bunches were gently destemmed, using a state of the art vibrating destemmer, whilst a proportion of the bunches were left whole. After pressing and racking, fermentation was carried out in French oak barrels using only wild yeast. Following fermentation, fifty percent of the wine was transferred to tank, with the remainder left to mature in oak barrels for seven months.

“A full flavoured wine with ripe, white peach, nectarine and fig aromas that lead onto the textured and well balanced palate. Margaret River chardonnay at an alluring price.” – 94 points, James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, August 2017

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Vintage 2018
Alcoholic strength 13.0%
Country Australia
Region Western Australia
Subregion Margaret River
Grapes Chardonnay 100%
Dry/Sweet value 2
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Organic No
Biodynamic No
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When David and Heather Watson first established Woodlands in 1973, they were amongst the first six pioneers to plant vineyards in Margaret River and can certainly claim to have helped establish the region’s reputation for Cabernet Sauvignon. With the addition of a second vineyard site, purchased in 1998, the Watson family now have 25 hectares of vineyard in the Wilyabrup valley, which is maintained by hand using traditional and organic methods and without irrigation – a rarity in this arid corner of Australia. A true family affair, son Stuart is the winemaker and Andrew is in charge of operations. Five red stars from Halliday and an ‘Outstanding’ rating for the Cabernet Sauvignon from Langton’s identify Woodlands as one of the very best producers in the region.

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