Willow Bridge Estate `Gravel Pit` Shiraz 2012 (6 x 750mL), Geographe, WA.

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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. At Willow Bridge, our Gravel-Pit block does tend toward reflecting its rocky name, giving us the toughest, most mineral Shiraz off the property. Most years we co-ferment it with some of the white grapes Viognier and/or Riesling to counterbalance this macho fruit with some feminine perfume. In 2012, the block seemed to express more dark spicy notes than is usual. We love those characters, so chose to leave them unadorned and the only blending was by including some whole bunches from the 'Jarrah' Shiraz block 50m to the south in the ferment. This represented around 5% of the volume. Maturation was for 14 months in a combination of new (around 20%) and pre-loved Burgundy coopered French Oak barriques, giving the wine an extra layer of plush sophistication. The best barrels were assembled in June 2013, given a light egg-white fining and bottled.

WA - Other Western Australian
Western Australia

Winery Tasting Notes


Deep purple.


Serious - roasted meats, black pepper, dark plum, dark chocolate, young polished leather.


Lots of pepper and 'dark' spice / roasted meats to start. It's not too thick and heavy but has plenty of fine tannins through the palate, which seem to accompany roasted nut flavours also. Dark cherry and plum fruits come through also, especially with more time/air.


Will benefit from a big glass or a rough decant in its youth (to 2015?) and will reward cellaring to at least 2025, possibly much longer.

WA - Other Western Australian
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
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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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