Whilst Shiraz is Australia's most widely planted wine-grape, there is still a lot more of it grown in its homeland in the southeast of France where it is known as Syrah. The classic warm climate Australian styles (Penfold's Grange being the most famous) are dense, almost chewy wines, which taste mostly of dried fruits and chocolate. Cooler climates produce wines that are lighter and full of spice. Somewhere in between the two is where Willow Bridge aims to be - where the wines are both generous and vibrant. We look for loads of fruit - mostly plums and blueberry (but fresh fruits, not dried) and hints of dark chocolate and sweet spices. Each vineyard parcel is treated differently in the winery with a range of techniques employed (white co-fermentation, whole bunch inclusion, pumping over vs. hand plunging, extended skin contact etc) based on the characters of the fruit it produces. Maturation in a combination of new (around 10%) and seasoned Burgundy coopered French Oak barrels adds an appealing mocha character to the wine giving it an extra level of plush sophistication. The final blend was assembled in April 2013, given a light egg-white fining and bottled.
- WA - Other Western Australian
- Western Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
Vibrant mid to deep purple.
High tone mocha oak overlies a spectrum of dark berry fruits and a range of savoury umami characters.
Rich and smoky to start, but packed full of sweet, jubey raspberry and Satsuma plums. A rich and ripe, nutty tannin structure hold it together with a twist of spice on the finish.
Drinking very well from release, but for those who appreciate maturity, it should happily reward cellaring past 2018.