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Willow Bridge's 'Gravel Pit' Shiraz is always one of the better value Shiraz around. It comes from a site on their Geographe vineyard that was once used to source gravel for building nearby roads (hence the name), with the unique soil profile lending itself to great concentration and minerality. It won the Trophy for Best Wine of Show at the 2016 Geographe Wine Show, and was awaded 96 points from James Halliday. A no-brainer for lovers of dark and brooding Shiraz.
What it Tastes Like
The nose is full of all kinds of dark spices and pepper. Black fruits and a mineral character there too. The palate is tight and powerful, with real grunt and oomph. Concentrated plums and cherries and good tannic presence. Hints of chocolate. Really yummy stuff, and will only get better.
96 points "This is the Willow Bridge flagship wine, matured in French oak (30% new). It has the flavours of Dragonfly, but doubles the depth and intensity of the black cherry and plum fruits, along with that of the ripe tannins. Because of this, the French oak is less obvious, albeit with a greater percentage of new oak." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion) Trophies for Best Shiraz, Best Red Wine & Best Wine of Show. - 2016 Geographe Wine Show 2014 vintage: 96 points. "Includes small amounts of grenache and mataro, matured in French oak (20% new). A potent array of savoury, spicy notes drive the bouquet and palate alike, tannins appearing from the word go on the full-bodied palate and persisting through to the finish, but at no stage threatening the fruit. Sophisticated and confident winemaking is at work here." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
Estate grown from the spectacular hillside vineyard in the Ferguson Valley of the Geographe wine region, fruit is sourced predominately from the Gravel Pit block which was planted in 1998. As the name suggests, the vineyard block had been used previously to excavate gravel to construct the roads within the hills of the Ferguson Valley. Soil is typically a deep layer of ironstone gravelly loam. A style which exudes vibrancy, juicy and spicy character, matched to a full flavoured and complex palate. Fermented in open top fermenters, hand plunged twice daily at temperatures averaging 28 degrees. Winemaking encourages deep and dense structures, but with spice and minerality. Tasting Note/Flavour Profile Loads of enticing blueberry and dark plums with hints of vanilla and spice with cedar oak hints. A seamless profile of rich dark plums, mixed berry fruits, licorice and toasty oak. The texture is slippery and dense, perfectly matched by fine tannins. Cellaring Further development will occur in the cellar for up to 12 years.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2026
About the Producer
The leading winery in WA’s Geographe region, and were named last year as one of James Halliday’s Top 10 Dark Horse producers. They’re family owned and run, with all the wines coming from their own estate. They have an emphasis on high quality, great value and real individuality amongst their entire range.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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