*Awarded 93 Points by James Halliday*
The Woodstock winery is located in McLaren Vale, just south of Adelaide. Whilst it is very much an Australian producer, its name actually derives from England. In the quaint town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire stands a set of wooden leg stocks. In Medieval times, these stocks were used to punish the local townsfolk who had over imbibed. As a cheeky nod to the town’s history, Woodstock has named its flagship wine, the ‘Stocks’ Shiraz.
Tasting Notes: This wine clearly expresses the classic regional characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon grown in McLaren Vale. Deep, dark red with youthful violet hues. Complex berry and cherry aromas highlighted with cedar, herb and mint notes leap from the glass, inviting you to taste. The flavour profile is underpinned by rich flavours of blackberries, chocolate and liquorice and a fleshy, savoury mid-palate.
A wine tightly held together with firm tannins that will steadily integrate over time to reveal another magnificent vintage and classic Cabernet Sauvignon flavours. This big, solid Cabernet Sauvignon will benefit from a few years of cellaring to soften and lengthen in complexity and flavour.