Woody Nook ' Gallagher's Choice' Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Australia 2012

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Woody Nook ' Gallagher's Choice' Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Australia 2012

29.50

The 2010 vintage was one of the very first wines we bought after setting up Vin Cognito in 2014, so Woody Nook holds a special place in our hearts. Owners Jane and Peter Bailey were full of encouragement for us venturing out on our own and that support, when you are starting a new business, is always very special. We discovered their wine at a tasting of Western Australian wines, populated by the usual suspects (Moss Wood, Cullen, Leeuwin etc), but we had never heard of Woody Nook and their Cabernet was the best in the room. We kept coming back to it over and over again, because we couldn't understand why it wasn't better-known. It's everything you hope for and more from a Margaret River Cabernet, awash with glossy black and purple fruits and notes of wood polish and ink, but streamlined in texture and focused within a narrow bandwidth of flavours. Jane Bailey kindly sent us samples of older vintages and of those the 2004 was exceptional, so we can confidently predict a long life for this wonderful vintage too.  Drink now-2028.

Jancis Robinson.com (Tamlyn Currin): "Vines planted in 1982. Gorgeous smell – the pungent scent of early-morning, dew-damp eucalyptus, the sweet earthiness of blackcurrant and the sharp green of bell pepper. Beautiful ripe blackcurrant fruit on the palate, fine leafiness and a touch of sandalwood. Tannins and oak form a graceful corset. Emphatic, but gliding and elegant. Drink 2017-2022." 17 points

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday): "From dry-grown estate vines planted '82. The fragrant bouquet is a pure expression of the variety, faithfully reflected in the medium-bodied, but intense, palate redolent of blackcurrant fruit plus the echo of herb/black olive to provide that touch of authority Cabernet should have." 96 points

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