Each year at the Royal Melbourne wine awards a young red wine is awarded the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy.
It is the most sought after wine trophy in Australia, and this year it was taken home by WA’s Deep Woods Estate for their Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. This is the culmination of 3 years of consecutive triumph at the Royal Melbourne wine show taking home the cabernet trophy in 2016, 2015 and 2014.
This is the first time a winery has taken home both the cabernet trophy and the Jimmy Watson since the Wolf Blass Black label wines in the 1970’s. As if this isn’t already enough to be proud of, this Deep Woods Reserve Cabernet has also taken out the Max Schubert trophy for cabernet at the Adelaide wine show twice in the last 3 years. This is the first time a wine has ever achieved this.
The Jimmy Watson was first awarded in 1962 – 54 years ago. In that time, only 4 WA wineries have won the trophy: Cape Mentelle twice in 1983 and 1984 for their cabernet; Flametree in 2008 for the 2007 cabernet merlot; Harvey River Bridge Estate in 2010 for their 2009 cabernet, and now Deep Woods Estate in 2016 for the 2014 Reserve cabernet sauvignon.
This is yet another win for winemaker Julian ‘Midas’ Langworthy and his team at the Yallingup winery, who is leading the way for WA wines in critical reviews and on the national show circuit. If you needed any further reason to get on board with Deep Woods estate here it is:
In 2016, nine Deep Woods wines have won Gold Medals at capital city wine shows, and they have a total of 7 Trophies & 16 Gold Medals in 2016’s six major shows so far.
Their wines start at a meagre $12.99 (on promotion) up to a reasonable $64 (members price) for the reserve wines.
Last year, the 2015 rose was rated the best rose in Australia by James Halliday ($24 on the website and 95 pts), the 2013 Reserve chardonnay won the James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge (the 2015 is just about the be released and has already totted up 3 Silver medals and 2 Golds at national wine shows).
The only way to possibly secure yourself a bottle of the Jimmy Watson Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is to sign up to become a member (free) of the Fogarty Wine Group Wine Club on the Deep Woods website, or pop down to cellar door in Yallingup over the weekend. Take it from me, this wine is certainly worth the 3 hour drive.