From the heart of the Margaret River
Deep Woods ‘new’ releases

 

James Halliday 2019 Winemaker of the Year:
Julian Langworthy

“What is one word that describes a great wine?  I think many people would say balance. And that's what his [Langworthy's] wines have beyond compare."

James Halliday

 
 
 

The long wait is over as our new Deep Woods releases arrived safe and sound from the Margaret River this week. Unquestionably one of the ‘hottest’ wines amongst our portfolio, which previously led to a complete sell-out. Not surprising when one considers the overall quality of their entire range versus brilliant pricing. Their chief winemaker, Julian Langworthy is widely regarded as one of the most talented winemakers in Australia, an opinion we certainly share. We know Julian and his wife Alana well and are fortunate to be the exclusive UK agent for their solo project, Nocturne. We will be shipping their truly stunning Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Nebbiolo Rosé (the ‘best’ Rosé I have ever tasted) during July.

Last year, Julian received the highest Australian wine accolade, the Jimmy WatsonTrophy, bestowed to the best of the best. Under his leadership, the winemaking team has continued to refine and explore the Deep Woods style, culminating in over 30 trophies and more than 90 gold medals awarded across major national and international wine shows. Inevitably, local and global demand has increased considerably which has placed enormous pressure on available stocks for both their domestic and international markets.Their cellar door has restrictions on their Reserve Chardonnay and a long waiting list for their 99-point Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Our new arrivals are, as expected, brilliant but we are forced to restrict purchases for both the 2017 Reserve Chardonnay & 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

A maximum of 6 bottles per customer

 

Deep Woods Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Perth Royal Wine Awards 2018 - Best Cabernet Sauvignon & Gold Medal
Margaret River Wine Show 2018 - Gold
Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2018 - Gold
Royal Queensland Wine Show 2018 - Gold

99 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion Top 100 wines of 2018
"Matured for 18 months in new and used French oak. Excellent colour; the wine has a fragrant dark berry bouquet, the palate sheer perfection. So well balanced it seems suspended in the air, cassis fruit supported by feather-light tannins, oak an absorbed spectator. This is a beautiful wine."

** Limited to six bottles per customer **

£49.95 per bottle

 

Deep Woods Reserve Chardonnay 2017

• Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2018: Best Chardonnay & Most outstanding white wine
• Margaret River Wine Show 2018: Gold
• Perth Royal Wine Awards 2018: Gold
• Royal Hobart Wine Show 2018: Gold
• Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2018: Gold
• Sydney Royal Wine Show 2018: Gold

98+ Points - Stuart McCloskey “Ultra-pure and textbook Julian Langworthy. Developing in the glass with lemon oil & zest, floral, a touch of new oak. The palate is tensile, reserved and offering breathtaking balance and precision rather than power. The wine exudes confidence with effortless ease. The texture is glossy / svelte with judicious touches of mouth-watering salty acidity. Thrilling and by far one of the most structured Chardonnays in our portfolio. Magisterial achievement and a benchmark Australian Chardonnay. Unapologetically Margaret River but for quality, comfortably Grand Cru Burgundy… Such is the skill; I would love to see Julian crafting Pinot Noir” Served in Zalto Bordeaux (The most essential wine tool to own) and I suggest decanting for 20-30 minutes. Drinking window from 2019 to 2030."

Winemaking: The ’17 Reserve Chardonnay is an assemblage of two central Wilyabrup vineyards with a small amount of fruit from the Karridale area. The fruit was hand-picked and then chilled to maintain pristine condition. A minimalist approach in the winery included whole-bunch pressing, wild fermentation and sparing lees stirring in a mixture of new and seasoned French oak. The individual parcels were kept separate and aged on lees for 9 months until the final wine was blended for bottling

98 Points - Decanter "Sweet rock melon aromas. Nice focus, with the palate holding back before catapulting the fruit long and hard. Grapefruit oil and roast lime notes. Terrific clarity and zestiness, with verve and coolness. Very Margaret River! Not trying to be Burgundy. Terrific purity and charge, with restraint." Sarah Ahmed

** Limited to six bottles per customer **

SOLD OUT

 

Other New Wines

 

Deep Woods Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

• China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018 - Gold
• Margaret River Wine Show 2018 - Gold
• Perth Royal Wine Awards 2018 - Gold
• Wine Show of Western Australia 2018 - Gold
• Royal Hobart Wine Awards 2018 - Silver

The Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon is a unique expression of the Margaret River wine region – one of the best Cabernet producing areas in the world. The fruit was sourced from mature vineyards in the Yallingup and Wilyabrup sub-regions of Margaret River and is crafted to be an expressive, yet drinkable, style of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Deep crimson with vivid purple hues. This wine exhibits aromas of cassis and dried herbs with hints of spice.The palate displays flavours of summer plums and dark berries with notes of sweet spice and dark chocolate from the use of both new and seasoned French oak. It is medium-bodied with fine, elegant tannin and persistent length. A true representation of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon."

£17.95 per bottle

 

Deep Woods Hillside Chardonnay 2015

92 points - James Halliday "A number of batches picked, each whole bunch-pressed to used French oak barrels for wild fermentation and 6 months maturation on lees. Very much a la mode, reducing the impact of oak to the texture, not flavour, picking the grapes at the crucial moment to ensure maximum varietal expression (no wannabe sauvignon blanc), yet retain crisp acidity, and offering a Margaret River chardonnay at a mouthwatering price."

£17.95 per bottle

 

Deep Woods Hillside Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Tasting note coming at the weekend...


£17.95 per bottle

 
 

More wines from Deep Woods

With a touch more bottle age

 

Deep Woods Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Royal Queensland Wine Show 2017 - Gold
Royal Sydney Wine Show 2017 - Gold
Wine Show of Western Australia 2017 - Gold
Decanter World Wine Awards - Silver

96 Points - James Halliday "From the oldest estate vines at Yallingup, plus grapes from a nearby grower, crushed and destemmed, small batch fermentation, 16 months maturation in new and used French barriques. A perfumed, brambly bouquet leads into a medium-bodied palate that caresses the mouth with blackcurrant, redcurrant and herbs."

£45.95 per bottle

 

Deep Woods Reserve Chardonnay 2016

Margaret River Wine Show 2017: Gold Medal
Halliday Wine Companion Awards - Top Rated Chardonnay 2019
Royal Queensland Wine Show 2017 - Gold
Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2017 - Gold
Perth Royal Wine Show 2017 - Gold
Wine Show of Western Australia 2017 - Gold
National Wine Show of Australia 2017 - Gold
Royal Hobart Wine Show 2017 - Gold

97 Points - James Halliday "Five gold medals in the second half of '17 will have been added to by the time of publication. Mainly sourced from Wilyabrup, the wine has a special type of phenolic grip (not limited to white wines) that makes the taster incapable of doing anything other than swallow it (bad phenolics have the opposite effect). A special wine, with perfect fruit/oak balance."

£35.95 per bottle

 

Deep Woods Reserve Block 7 Shiraz 2015

Margaret River Wine Show 2016: Gold Medal
Decanter World Wine Awards: Silver 2018

96 points - James Halliday "Partly from the first planting at Deep Woods in '87, partly from an adjacent, mature vineyard. Whole bunches, cold soak and partial barrel fermentation are all in Julian Langworthy's arsenal, then a selection of the best French barriques that have matured the wine for 14 months. Deeply coloured, it is full-bodied, yet dazzlingly light on its feet on the finish and aftertaste, fruit, tannins and oak all on the same lines of the same page."

£34.95 per bottle

 

Deep Woods Estate Rosé 2017

Margaret River Wine Show 2017: Gold Medal

95 Points - James Halliday "The pale but bright hue opens the door for this blend of shiraz and tempranillo, chiefly tank-fermented, a small portion fermented in barrel. Its fragrant bouquet is attractive enough, but doesn't quite prepare you for the intensity and drive that spears through to the finish and aftertaste. Wild strawberry and hints of forest make this a very special rose."

£21.95 per bottle

 

Deep Woods Harmony Rosé 2017

China Wine & Spirits Awards: Best Value 2018
Perth Royal Wine Awards: Gold 2017
Margaret River Wine Show 2017: Gold Medal
 James Halliday's Best Australian Red Wines Under $25 

95 Points - James Halliday "Light pink with a shimmer of salmon. Produced from a blend of shiraz and tempranillo, and has a proud history of high quality predecessors. The length of the wine is prodigious, offering strawberry, red cherry and raspberry, cut and shaped by persistent acidity."

£14.95 per bottle

 

Nocturne is the husband-and-wife partnership between recently-crowned Jimmy Watson-Trophy Winner and James Halliday’s Winemaker of the Year, Julian Langworthy and his wife Alana who also owns and runs the Yallingup Cheese Company.

Those of you who have enjoyed Deep Woods wines, will respect Julian’s skill across many varietals. We love Deep Woods and firmly believe they are on-par with Vasse Felix and Cullen. In terms of quality versus value, far superior!

We are proud to be the exclusive UK agent for Nocturne, which is a serious new venture producing single-vineyard wines from exceptional sites in Margaret River. This is the region where Julian grew up and where he’s honed his winemaking skills. The pair are acutely sensitive to the best fruit sources in the region including their pride and joy, the newly acquired Sheoak Vineyard with its beautifully mature Cabernet vines.

Both Julian and Alana are incredibly ambitious and highly skilled which will certainly manifest into Nocturne being some of the most sought-after wines coming out of Australia. We are convinced and look forward to sharing Nocturne wines with you for many years to come…

 

Nocturne Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

£27.95 per bottle

Nocturne Chardonnay 2017

£27.95 per bottle

Nocturne Nebbiolo Rosé 2018

£18.75 per bottle

 

Zalto Bordeaux Glass: The only glass to use for
Deep Woods & Nocturne Chardonnay / Cabernet Sauvignon

 
 

Tutored Tasting to remember…

We will be hosting Julian and his wife (co-winemaker), Alana during September. Julian (with his Deep Woods hat on) has won just about everything there is to win in Australian wine, from James Halliday’s Winemaker of the Year 2019 and the prodigious 2016 Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy at Royal Melbourne. Most recently Julian’s Deep Woods Reserve Chardonnay has been awarded 98 points by Decanter and his Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 99 points from James Halliday.

We are hosting a masterclass which Julian & Alana will be leading.

 
 

Rub shoulders with some of
the UK’s ‘top’ Wine Press

• Tuesday 10th September

• 11:00am to 2:00pm

• Venue: 67 Pall Mall, London

29 Tickets Available @ £25.00 each

 

Q & A with the award-winning winemakers, Julian & Alana Langworthy

 

Your list of accolades is almost unparalleled. Winning the James Halliday’s Winemaker of the Year award and the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy for Deep Woods Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as a host of awards for your own wines including several trophies for the 2017 Nocturne Cabernet. How do you feel seeing your wines at the pinnacle together with the biggest Australian icons (and may we add – rightly so)?

J: You're too kind! The biggest thrill for me, Alana and I getting to collaborate and make some outstanding wines together as we did first 15 years ago when we first met. It’s been a long road to where we are now but I am very comfortable that our Nocturne project is equal to any in Margaret River if not Australia. Winning the James Halliday Cabernet Challenge this year was a nice feather to the cap.

Nocturne wines are a true expression of single vineyard winemaking. When did you identify the special sites and how?

A: Having access to such diverse vineyards through Julian’s job at Deep Woods has enabled us to seek out sights that resonate with our winemaking philosophy. We are firm believers that if you have the correct site, the winemaking requirement is negligible....you are simply a vehicle for getting the personality of the fruit and site into a bottle! We remain true to the single vineyard principle by ensuring no adds are made to the wines throughout their production and maturation, enabling the specific flavours of the vineyard, fruit and vintage to be truthfully expressed.

Can you tell us a little about each vineyard and what makes them so special?

A: It all started with a very special vineyard called Tassell Park which is where the Chardonnay comes from. It is a cool south facing site in Treeton, east of Cowaramup. There are 2 clones interplanted (Gin Gin and 277) which work together to create the unique mineral sulphide aromatically and the powerful acid backbone.

The Rosé has traditionally come from a vineyard called Letedal in Carbanup, however going forward this will be a blend of Nebbiolo from Watson Vineyard in Wilyabrup and Tempranillo from Yallingup. No longer being single vineyard from 2019, the wine is now more about varietal expression and texture. Nebbiolo is a fabulous varietal for Rosé as it offers bright poppy strawberry aromas, a crunchy refreshing acid and textural tannic crunch. It is the structure of the wine! The Temp gives the wine personality with more aromatic range to balance the boldness of the palate.

The Cabernet is very close to both Julian and my heart as this is the varietal we have the most history making together! Sheoak is now the spiritual home of Nocturne as we purchased it 2 years ago not only for the fruit but because it is where we want to build our family home. It is a south facing slope around 1.5km as the crow flies to the ocean. It is very heavily moderated climatically by the ocean breeze and this is what allows it to produce such a complex wine without being overblown with jammy fruit and high alcohol.

You both have an incredible career in winemaking. How does Nocturne differ from your previous projects (please expand on your past projects too)? Is Nocturne the pinnacle of your aspirations?

J: Nocturne is super special and super exciting and resonating hugely with our customers which is a thrill in itself. We see it as a body of work that we will continue to put together over our entire lives and hopefully into our children’s futures too.

We know that it’s a very busy time for you at the moment. How is the harvest going? Anything of particular note from the current vintage?

A: Harvest was quite late this year on the back of a cooler summer. There have been a few rain events which is not typical for this time of year, however good viti advice and decisions have seen our Chardy and Rosé vineyards picked at the right times to avoid issues with disease. There have been a few late nights and hair pulling but looking at what is currently in barrel, we are delighted with the wines. Cabernet is still hanging, but remaining clean and developing flavour nicely. 

J: Have decided this morning that this year’s Chardonnay is going to be the best ever… It’s epic.

Do you have any future plans to add to the Nocturne range? Any exciting plans or projects lined up in the background which you can share with us?

J: Yes!  The single vineyard ethos will remain, but we hope to bring in a Cabernet Blend in time and another Chardonnay!

Are there any other winemakers (past or present) that you admire or who have had an influence on your winemaking?

A: For me, Virginia Wilcocks and Sue Hodder are truly inspirational women first and foremost, but winemakers too. Their ability to craft wines of such regional distinction and personality yet remain utterly unaffected by their Rockstar winemaking status is truly inspirational! 

J: Also Sue Hodder who was my boss at Wynns, Coonawarra. She taught me as much about managing staff as she did about Winemaking, which is at least equally as important, as teams make wines, not just individuals. Then we have Steve Pannell, hugely inspirational, won two Jimmy’s one in the heady Hardy’s corporate days and one for his breakout SC Pannell brand. Always at the cutting edge of quality yet imaginative Winemaking.

Margaret River celebrated half a century of winemaking since it was put on a world wine map in 1966. How did the region / the industry change over the years? Where do you think it’s heading?

"Margaret River can and
will make the world’s best Cabernet and Cabernet blends and for me this means the world’s best wines."

J: It’s changing rapidly and we are heading for the top. Margaret River can and will make the world’s best Cabernet and Cabernet blends and for me this means the world’s best wines.

Given the growing numbers of wineries in the Margaret River, is there a good sense of the community between the winemakers? Do you exchange views/experiences? Do you swap wines?

A: We are so fortunate that Margaret river has such a diverse range of people all working together for the greater good of the wine and each other. Sometimes, those south of the border *Cowaramup* need to be reminded that we are Kings in the North and that they should respect us and kneel in our presence.....but other than that, there is a great sense of comradery. We regularly get together for events or just a catchup with friends in the industry and there are always wines being exchanged!

What is your favourite grape variety to work with and why?

A: For me it’s Chardonnay, as I love the expression of provenance that it exhibits. The truly special Chardonnays have such poise and capture the essence of their site more so than any other white varietal. Plus, when made well....it’s just damn delicious!!

What do you drink after a long, hot day spent working in the vineyard?

A: Tanqueray Gin and good tonic with cucumber for me... Jules, a frosty beer.