Willow Bridge `Dragon Fly` Shiraz 2013 (12 x 750mL), Geographe, WA.

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$16.90 per Bottle
$202.80 per case
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Overview

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.

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

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Vibrant mid-weight purple.

Aroma

Sweet spices to start, but serious stuff behind – roasted meats, black pepper, dark plum, dark chocolate, young polished leather.

Palate

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.

Cellaring

Will reward cellaring to at least 2020 and quite likely well beyond.

Vintage
2013
Region
WA - Other Western Australian
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
13.1%

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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