Woodlands ‘Emily’ Cabernet Franc Merlot Malbec 2017 (Margaret River, Western Australia) "...blackcurrant, violet, bay leaf..."
Woodlands has been producing ‘Emily’ since 1989. Woodlands had almost ceased production at the time, and almost all of the Cabernet Sauvignon fruit was sold each year. David Watson and his great friend Peter Anderson discussed what to do with the remaining Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, and a little Cabernet Sauvignon. The idea came to make a “right bank” Saint-Émilion blend and call it “Emily”.
"The 2017 ‘Emily’ is a blend of 47% Cabernet Franc, 39% Merlot, 11% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot. The 2017 ‘Emily’ is bold, muscular, but still refined, and certainly up there with the greatest vintages. The wine has a brooding nose of blackcurrant, violet, bay leaf, and toasty French oak. The palate is mouth coating and dense- showing an array of dark fruits and spice. A powerful wine that will certainly repay cellaring. This wine would definitely reward time in the cellar - best enjoyed from 2027 to 2031."