Woodlands ‘Margaret’ 2007

91+ points

Wilyabrup Valley, Western Australia. 13.5%

A very impressive young Bordeaux blend 67% Cabernet, 17% Merlot, 16% Malbec. Powerful young berry fruit but unusual for Australia it’s quite savoury and the alcohol is moderate. The natural (?) acid is good and the overall balance is great. Like many great wines this will still drink well young but I’m going to try not to touch my case for another 10 years (2019).

UPDATE 2012 – this has softened a good deal.  It’s a very pretty wine, gorgeous aromas.  I would now tend towards drinking it earlier rather than risking cellaring.  The 2008 even more so.

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Chateau Lynch-Moussas 1996

90 points

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France. 12.5%

Absolutely gorgeous oak aromas which seems a bit odd on a 13 year old wine and I don’t mean this is over-oaked. It’s a very nice clean clear table claret food friendly refreshing. The anti-thesis of many modern new world cabernets.