The Power & Intensity of Margaret River
ABOUT THE WINERY
Woodlands lies within the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River. This area is in the heart of the Margaret River wine-growing region, and contains most of Margaret River’s oldest and most respected wineries. This area is famous for having some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines in the country. David and Heather aim to create wines to emulate the great vineyards of Bordeaux, namely Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet based blends.
In 1973 cuttings were taken from a nearby vineyard, and an initial planting of eight acres was made in rows heading east-west along the contour of the property - 3 meters between rows and 1.75 meters between vines. The initial planting comprised 3 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. A further 5 acres was planted between 1974 and 1976, comprising Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. The old block was completed in 1985, with 4 acres of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon planted. Subsequent plantings now sees Woodlands with a total of twenty six acres (ten hectares) of vines.
The soil at Woodlands is composed of 30cm of top soil, a bed of 30 cm of gravel extending to 60 cm of gravel and then a bed of white clay, ensuring excellent sub soil drainage for root development. Woodlands is located within its own valley, with slopes rising in each direction and the Woodlands Brook running through the centre.
Woodlands vineyard is dry grown and maintained by hand. Attention in the vineyard includes hand weeding, cane pruning, bunch thinning, hand plucking the leaves around the fruit zone, crop thinning and hand picking.
ABOUT THE WINE
Well, Woodlands is one of my favourite producers of chardonnays, and the Chloe is at its best. To be brutally honest with you, Woodlands would be regarded probably among the top producers of Chardonnay in Margaret River now. It's got leaner characters. Great Margaret chardonnay can have those leaner sort of flavours that chardonnay can get - grapefruit, citrus, but it's also got all that power. Margaret River is very well known for having powerful chardonnay, and these guys, by far, are probably the biggest up-and-coming producers of white wine in Margaret River, and very much still a little bit under the radar. They are making very, very high quality wines. Their whites, their reds, at all price levels, are actually amazing wines and really, really well made. All in all, it's one of my favourite chardonnays from Margaret River.