RKS Wine: Are Margaret River Wines from Western Australia Lighter?

I remember clearly one of my early wine instructors waxed about how much lighter the wines of the Margaret River in Western Australia were in comparison to those of McLaren Vale and Barossa. But he was also the guy that said any wine goes with turkey on the assumption that the diners were pickled by the time the turkey arrived! Oh the dangers of generalizations!

Well no harm in giving an Ebony Cabernet Shiraz from Deep Woods Estate on the Margaret River a try.

The wine has a black cherry colour and is just about purple. The nose suggests a big wine with a heavy hitting aroma of blackberry and blueberry leading the way. Subsidiary aromas of chocolate and a touch of vanilla. On the palate the tannins are minimal and there is a deft hit of chocolate covered cherries on the finish. The palate is full of cassis and blueberry pie with a mid length finish. At 5.95 grams of residual sugar per litre there is a tad of sweetness to the wine.

Drink by the end of 2022 and it would suit lamb and beef quite well or Eggplant Parmesan.

Is it lighter than a McLaren Vale or Barossa red wine? I would say yes despite the fact its nose suggests a heavy hitter wine. However one wine does not deserve such a generalization. So we’ll keep an eye peeled for some more Margaret River wines. It is well made with a deft use of oak.

By the way I would not suggest this wine with your turkey!

(Deep Woods Margaret River Ebony 2017 Cabernet Shiraz, Deep Woods Estate, Yallingup, Western Australia, $19.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 18839, 14,5%, 750 mL, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 92/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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