Willow Bridge `Gravel Pit` Shiraz 2013 (6 x 750mL), Geographe, WA.

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Overview

At Willow Bridge, our Gravel-Pit block sits on an area which has been significantly re-landscaped by Man. While this is common in European vineyards, it is a rarity in Australia. It was previously the source of gravel for building the roads to the property, so had received something of a haircut before vines found their way there.

The resulting shallower soil profile leads to a deeply concentrated wine which tends to reflect its rocky name. with a tendency to produce the most macho and mineral style of all our Shiraz blocks. With the goal of softening this into the fresh, medium bodied style we like, and to add perfume and complexity, we used to co-ferment this fruit with a small amount of the white variety Viognier.

In 2013, we decided to make half of the wine off the block without Viognier and instead balance the finished wine by blending in small amounts of Grenache and Mataro we made from a neighbour's vineyard. We ended up preferring the result of this, so we bottled it without the other batch and we imagine that future releases will be similar.

Yes - we know our Estate Series wines are meant to be only from our estate, but we are a couple of years away from harvesting our own Grenache and their vineyard is less than two kilometres down the hill (we can see it from here), so thought it ok to break our own rule as long as we confessed.

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

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Mid to deep, bright purple crimson.

Aroma

Some florals, plums, stewed fruits, polished leather, nuttiness (walnuts?) and a sprinkling of sweet spice.

Palate

Mid-weight. Bitter dark chocolate gives way to sweet, plummy fruit followed by a wave of nutty tannins and a twist of cool acidity.

Cellaring

Will reward cellaring to at least 2025, possibly much longer.

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

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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