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 coope red 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 May 2014, given a light egg-white fining and bottled.
- WA - Other Western Australian
- Western Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
Vibrant mid-weight purple.
Sweet spices to start, but serious stuff behind – roasted meats, black pepper, dark plum, dark chocolate, young polished leather.
Some pepper and other ‘dark’ spices on roasted meats to start. Dark, plummy fruits in the middle. Only medium bodied, but with plenty of fine, nutty tannins through the finish.
Will reward cellaring to at least 2020 and quite likely well beyond.