2018 'Emily' Cabernet Franc Merlot

Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Petit Verdot


‘Emily’ is our expression of the “right bank” blend, produced from the five Bordeaux grape varieties on our Woodlands Brook Vineyard – Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot. This wine is made in very limited quantities, with only 300 cases being produced each year.

‘Emily’ was the second wine created at Woodlands, after our Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1989 Woodlands had almost ceased production, but David Watson and his great friend Peter Anderson decided to make a “right bank” blend comprising equal parts of the five Bordeaux grapes. In 2008, when the decision was made to purchase the Woodlands Brook Vineyard, ‘Emily’ became our expression of that vineyard.

The 2018 growing season was a viticulturists dream. Near-perfect conditions persisted throughout the region from mid-December all the way through to the end of harvest. The resultant fruit produced wines of intense flavour, and robust acidity.

Like all red wines at Woodlands, this wine was destemmed and sorted by our gravity fed system. Once harvested and in the winery, the fruit was delivered to the de-stemmer by a vibrating hopper, where the stems are removed by a swinging motion. Once destemmed, the fruit passed over a vibrating sorting table. Following fermentation this wine was matured in 300L French oak hogsheads for 14 months, of which twenty three percent were new.

Our 2018 ‘Emily’ is a blend of 45% Cabernet Franc, 44% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot.

The nose is lifted, generous and complex- Blackcurrant, red liquorice and mulberry feature in a nose of plush intensity, while fragrant aromas of wild thyme, crushed violet and a touch of orange citrus bring the story together.

A spirited palate of vibrant red fruits and a mingling of subtle spices are sheathed by beautiful tannin. Combined with subtle earthy notes and a touch of fine mildly toasted oak, the finish is flavourful and long.

The 2018 ‘Emily’ is a wine of eloquence and intrigue that can be drunk now or be rewarded with cellaring. Best enjoyed from 2028-2032.

Pair with;
Herbed mushroom Farrotto (Farro Risotto) with pickled fennel
Blackcurrant and Balsamic Glazed Pork Belly