Willow Bridge `Black Dog` Shiraz 2010 (6 x 750mL), Geographe, WA.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049

RRP $65

$55.99 per Bottle
$335.94 per pack

Overview

This Black Dog is a classically styled Shiraz whose name hails from our second ever vintage in 2001 when cellarhands noted that the wine from our most spectacular hilltop block of estate shiraz was “as black as dog's guts”. The nickname caught on amongst family and friends, so today, provided vintage conditions deliver us a shiraz of suitable depth and concentration to do the name justice, a new Black Dog is born. This release was fermented in small open topped stainless-fermenters, hand-plunged and then pressed off skins once sugar dry and only when the desired balance of fruit, body and tannin had been achieved - 14 days this year. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and subsequent maturation for 18 months in Burgundy coopered French oak barriques, one third of which were new.

Only 260 dozen were made.

Region:
WA - Other Western Australian
State:
Western Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

Bright purple-crimson; low yield shiraz is open-fermented, hand-plunged and matured in French oak barriques for 18 months, one-third new. The bouquet positively sings of red and black fruits, with some floral overtones, while the medium-bodied palate provides an interplay between juicy, freshly squeezed, red and black fruits, spice, cedar and fine-grained tannins. A seriously lovely wine. Rating 96 - Drink by 2030 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

I’m not sure when winemaker Simon Burnell arrived at Willow Bridge but judging by the oak handling in this wine, I suspect that he’d arrived by the time of the 2010 vintage. There’s some saucy, sophisticated oak here but, importantly and for a change, it’s been appropriately dished out.

You could call this straight-laced but you could also call it the complete Australian red wine. It’s spicy but not too much so, cherried and plummy and ripe without being jammy or too-sweet. Cedary, gently toasty, nutty oak is laced through the fruit, rather than over the top. Given air, floral notes come to the fore. And at all times a ripple of tannin keeps the wine tidy, controlled, immaculate. There’s something slightly Italianate about this wine; hard to put my finger on it but the word kept popping into my mind. It’s still fresh and young and needs time, but the quality is clearly there. Rating 94 - Drink 2017 -2025+, Campbell Mattinson (APR/2013)

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Mid to deep, bright purple / crimson.

Aroma

Dark fruits and dark chocolate are the dominant characters. Some herbs and spices - sage and nutmeg? Cacao, dark olive and some florals appear as it breathes.

Palate

Only medium weight, but those rich, dark fruit and chocolate characters from the nose come through with plenty of power. Ample, but very fine grained, almost graphite-like tannins weave through the fruit to give the palate

plenty of structure to hang onto for years to come.

Cellaring

It's delicious now (May 2013), but will definitely reward time in the cellar. Halliday says to 2030, Mattinson

to 2025+, so sometime around then sounds good to us.

Vintage
2010
Region
WA - Other Western Australian
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
13.5%

Winery Profile

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Willow Bridge Estate is family owned and operated by principals Jeff and Vicki Dewar, who bought the picturesque 180-hectare hillside property in 1996 after an exhaustive search of the state for the ideal vineyard site from which to realize their shared vision of producing world class wines which are both opulent and accessible. The estate is located in a hidden jewel of an area known as the Ferguson Valley which, at that time, was home to only a few small vineyards. Immediately planting 60 hectares of vines and then building a state of the art winery (the first winery in the area) in time for their first vintage in 2000, established Willow Bridge as the pioneering estate of the area and demonstrated the family’s confidence in the property and resolve to see their vision become reality.

From the release of their very first wines, their efforts were quickly rewarded with critical acclaim, wine show success and most importantly, glowing feedback from wine lovers.

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