Woodlands issue the Reserve de la Cave label to an occasionally spectacular, rather scarce trio of (typically) single barrel selections of estate grown pinot noir, cabernet franc and malbec, all of which are sourced from a vineyard planted between 1975 and 1977. At their best, the Reserve de la Cave Malbec and Cabernet Franc surpass all of their Australian counterparts.
Blessed by vividly ripened, slightly sinister yet even aromas of cassis and purple fruits with a deft touch of fragrant, classy cedar oak, the 2010 Reserve de la Cave Malbec hits a beautiful air of perfumed, floral quality, that's as attractive for its brightness as it is for its balance and restraint. Throughout the mouth it manages to be luxuriantly silky within a definitively medium-full bodied framework, whilst its impact is best felt through an incredible depth of flavour. For all its depth and power, it's also harmonious and wonderfully controlled, as its youthful, concentrated dark berry fruits are drawn with outstanding persistence, focus and a valid gamey meatiness long into the mouth. To complete the picture, there's a damn sexy extract of tightly woven acids and beautifully disciplined, ultra-fine tannins, which coil together and work like a team. As a drinking wine, there's an awful lot of high points and absolutely nothing to bitch about.
ü+ The 2010 Reserve de la Cave Malbec contains the picture perfect composition of perfume, texture, depth and fine-grained structure which essentially no one else in Australia can achieve with the variety. It's an immaculate malbec. I wonder what the chances of Woodlands making 2 barrels are... Drink to 2024.