Woodlands' entry level red, which is a near equal blend of cabernet franc and merlot in 2008, is regarded as one of the best examples of a $20 Margaret River red around. This makes it even more disappointing that Woodlands' wines are practically impossible to find in South Australian liquor stores.
A distinctive, regional whiff of cabernet franc is evident on the nose, with dusty, herbaceous and heady aromas of ripe blackcurrants and red plum backed by spicy cedar/mocha oak. Medium-bodied and vibrant, its dark cherry and blackcurrant flavours push through with Woodlands' typical length and intensity, but end rather awkward and metallic, with sharp acids and spiky tannins dragging out a pronounced yet thinning finish.
X Young and brash, Woodlands' 2008 Cabernet Franc Merlot lacks the polish, integration and balance to of truly fulfilled my high expectations. Drink to 2013.