BOGANS GUIDE TO WINE WOODYNOOK GALLAGHER’S CHOICE 2013

BOGANS GUIDE TO WINE WOODYNOOK GALLAGHER’S CHOICE 2013


BOGANS GUIDE TO WINE WOODYNOOK GALLAGHER’S CHOICE 2013



THE WINE

woody-nook-gallaghers-choice-cabernet-sauvignon-margaret-river-australia-10791838‘Gallagher’s Choice’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2013…..Gold & Trophy for the Best Cabernet Sauvignon

Hand picked from 30+ year old dry grown vines, ‘Gallagher’s Choice’ is a classic, full-bodied Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, it is vibrant and complex with a nose of blackcurrant, eucalypt and well integrated French oak. The palate of dark berry fruits, herbs and cedary oak is tightly structured by the fine-grained tannins and acidity.   While ‘Gallagher’s Choice’ will drink well at release, patience will be rewarded as the wine develops and evolves over ten years..

Winemaker’s Notes
6.94 tonnes of estate-grown fruit were specially selected and handpicked from 30 year old dry grown ‘old block’ vines planted by Jeff and Wynn Gallagher in 1982 at a Baumé of 13.5° on 13th March, 2013, then transported directly to the winery, crushed and placed in open fermenters. At this stage the grape acid was adjusted and inoculated with yeast. For the following six days the crushed grapes were hand plunged and temperature controlled. The “must” (skins and wine) was then pressed and pumped to stainless steel tanks to allow secondary or “malolactic” fermentation to take place. At the completion of this process, the wine was racked to French oak barriques for twenty months of maturation. After minimum filtration, the Cabernet Sauvignon was bottled at the winery in December 2014. 571 cases were produced.

 

THE HISTORY

The land now occupied by Woody Nook Wines’ single vineyard estate was formerly home to a sawmill and sleeper cutters. In 1978 Jeff and Wynn Gallagher purchased the property with a vineyard in mind and began the arduous task of clearing and preparing the land. The first cuttings were planted in 1982 and the first crush took place in 1987, the first winery building having been built the year before. The Gallaghers constructed this and their new home from timber and  mud bricks, both materials being available on the property. There are still about sixty acres of jarrah and marri forest forming a magnificent backdrop to the winery and restaurant.

At the end of 1999 when Jeff and Wynn decided to retire to Busselton and put Woody Nook on the market, Peter and Jane Bailey became the proud new owners in May 2000.   Jeff and Wynn’s son Neil  stayed on as Winemaker/Viticulturist.   Although Peter and Jane had lived in WA for almost 20 years, at that time they were  resident in the USA.   Thanks to modern technology they were able to become deeply involved with the day to day running of the winery and were regular visitors (for extended periods in Jane’s case). In September 2007, after almost 15 years overseas, the Baileys returned to Western Australia permanently.

Woody Nook now has some 17 hectares of vines, half of which in the original vineyard are non-irrigated and handpicked and include cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, merlot, sauvignon blanc, chenin blanc, chardonnay, semillon and cabernet franc.   The new 8 hectare vineyard, planted with rootlings in 2007, produced its first sizeable vintage in 2010 with more of the same varietals but also two Spanish ones, tempranillo and graciano.   These blocks will be irrigated until the vines reach greater maturity and are currently machine picked.   From a 4-5,000 case production for the past ten years, this figure had almost doubled by 2012.   However, with a 75-100 tonne crush, Woody Nook will still be well within the definition (250 tonnes) of a genuine boutique winery.

 

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