Woodlands Matthew Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

This property, which comprises 22 acres of vineyards, was established in 1973, making it one of the region’s pioneering estates. It’s also among Margaret River’s finest, producing some of the best Bordeaux-style red wines of Australia. JOSH RAYNOLDS

It always brings a smile to my face when I get to write things like this. One of our favourite Cabernet producers in Australia (and one of the nicest families) has been awarded the Platinum Award in the annual Decanter Magazine’s World Wine Awards for 2020 with a whopping 97 points. This isn’t the first time we have sung the praises of this wine, or Woodlands in general, but it does add a little heat to the fire.

It isn’t like Woodlands is a dark horse or a surprise win, far from it actually. It is just another feather in the Watson boys cap, atop many and varied awards that have been heaped on this estate over the years. For those not familiar with the winery it is based in the hallowed Cabernet ground of Wilyabrup, the heart and soul of Margaret River’s great Bordeaux blends. Woodlands was planted in 1973, one of the original five or so sites in the region and has been run by the family ever since the vines were first planted.

Today they consistently produce some of this country’s finest examples of the style. So, to see them handed one of the world’s most prestigious wine awards, while no great surprise, is genuinely welcome and stands as further proof that they are indeed among our top producers from the modern day home of great Cabernet in Australia, Wilyabrup.

The downside to all of this is that the wine was originally released a few years ago and had sold out then. We have been lucky enough to get our hands on around ten dozen of the Matthew but that is it, once gone there is no coming back for more here.

I have included the Decanter review below but also a couple of other reviews for support, if it needed any.

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