Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Margaret River Western Australia
Cabernet Franc finally takes the lead, dominating the cépage at almost half the final blend, followed closely by Merlot, a tenth of Malbec and soupçon Verdot and Sauvignon. Emily is an emulation of the immensely satisfying Crus of Saint-Émilion, formulated at a time when Woodlands were selling all their Cabernet Sauvignon to other brands, all that remained were parcels of Merlot and Malbec, Verdot and Franc. Deep and brooding, cherries and dark chocolate, bay leaf, charcuterie, and vanillin oak, a luxurious velvet texture, rich, chewy tannins.
Woodlands Brook Vineyard was originally planted on a gentle north facing slope of sandy loams to Merlot and Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The enticing Emily was conjured up before Cabernet Sauvignon became cardinal to Woodlands. Fruit is destemmed by a swinging motion through a vibrating hopper, grapes are passed over a vibrating sorting table. Upon completion of ferments, batches are filled to a high proportion of new French oak barrels for fourteen months maturation. Emily is made in very limited quantities, only 300 cases can be made each year.
Deep crimson. The nose is powerful and expressive, a summer garden’s mix of raspberry, blackcurrant and strawberry, violet and lavender. The right bank style of Bordeaux, blueberries and dark currant, pretty blue floral notes, the savouryness of vegetable leaf over a length of vibrant, healthy tannins, a beautiful drink of class and restrained power, balanced by great natural acidity.