Wat­son Fam­ily val­ues

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine - with John Jens

THE Wat­son fam­ily of Wood­lands in Wilyabrup pro­duce some of the best chardon­nays and caber­net sauvi­gnons, in ev­ery price range, in the coun­try.

Re­cently the Wood­lands’ na­tional whole­salers re­quested an ex­clu­sive la­bel made by the Wood­lands team that they could have re­tail­ers sell at un­der $20.

They could not un­der­stand why any­body would want to sell wines of this qual­ity at un­der $20 and so, to sep­a­rate it from the fa­mous Wood­lands im­agery, they de­vel­oped the Wat­son Fam­ily Vine­yards La­bel which in­cludes the fol­low­ing.

Wat­son Fam­ily sau­vi­gnon blanc semil­lon 2016

This is warm, round, dry, bal­anced and noth­ing like the fresh, racy and crisp style. It has quince and pas­sion­fruit flavours and shows the mid­dle palate com­plex­ity from some ‘worked’ and less con­tact char­ac­ters that make it a bet­ter match with food. 17.5 points.

Wat­son Fam­ily caber­net sau­vi­gnon mer­lot 2015

Last year’s 2014 re­lease of the caber­net sau­vi­gnon was also out­stand­ing. This is a touch lighter at this stage and a touch fresher. It is bal­anced, round and com­plete for very pleas­ant easy drink­ing over the next five years.

Cleans­ing, fresh crisp­ness down ei­ther side to al­low for five years of de­vel­op­ment, but the great plus here is the lovely bal­ance for drink­ing right now. 18 points.

Wat­son Fam­ily chardon­nay 2016

With just over 200 cases, this is a round, vis­cous, long and seam­less chardon­nay fea­tur­ing high-qual­ity fruit of real depth and bril­liant wine­mak­ing. It is one of Aus­tralia’s great­est val­ues and ridicu­lously un­der­priced. Gold medal coun­try at 18.2 points. Wat­son Fam­ily shi­raz 2013 This is also a silly price for a wine of this qual­ity. The fruit here is full and ripe, without be­ing plump, and is soft and round. It has the den­sity and length of qual­ity fruit with touches of briar that add com­plex­ity and scope for de­vel­op­ment.

It is a very well made, rea­son­ably high-qual­ity, easy drink­ing Mar­garet River shi­raz, at a throw­away price for a wine of this qual­ity. This wine is sold out at the win­ery, where they have al­ready moved on to the 2014 vin­tage. 18.2 points.

An­drew and Stu­art Wat­son from Wood­lands.

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