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
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.