2021 Swinging Bridge William J. Shiraz

Trophy-winning, elegant cool-climate Syrah from one of Orange's finest producers.

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Swinging Bridge stole the show at the 2023 Orange Wine Show, winning the Trophy for Best Exhibitor, but also the Trophy for Best Wine of Show for this deliciously classy Shiraz.

Named for winemaker Tom Ward's son, this is in every sense a 'cool climate' style of Shiraz, with destemmed fruit and a large whole berry component preserving the wine's freshness and pretty perfume.

It's not without punch and flavour though, and surely represents some of the best value in the Orange region!


The Swinging Bridge Winemaker Series, like their namesakes, are unique. They reflect the best of the Orange Region, capturing the essence and terroir of the vineyard. Like Will, Tom’s son, this cool climate Shiraz is both vibrant and generous, it is complex and has a youthful energy that shows it is destined for a bright future. This Shiraz has integrated notes of spice and white pepper that perfectly
complement the dark and red fruit. Aged in French Oak for nine months, developing an intricate complexity, this is a wine that will reward cellaring.


The William J Shiraz comes from the Wandoo Vineyard (650m) on Amaroo Road. It comes from Block 1 (Clone SA 1127) and Block 3 (Clone Minato). The blocks are picked separately and treated differently although they ripen on a fairly similar timeframe. The rows are North to South and are Vertically Shoot Positioned with a permanent spur cordon.


The fruit is picked by machine in the cool of night and processed first thing in the morning to keep the fruit at a cool temperature. It is destemmed into bins and tipped into the fermenters to try and maintain as many full berries as possible. The ferment is cold soaked for 3 days and then allowed to ferment and warm up to 28C for fermentation. It
is then pressed off just before the end of the ferment to tank and then transferred to barrel. French Oak puncheons are used with about 20% of them new. The wine is left to mature in barrel for 9 months with 2 rack and returns. Barrels are then tasted and the best barrels and parcels are allocated to the William J Blend.


Colour: vibrant ruby with purple rim
Nose: perfumed raspberry and cherry
Palate: cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper
Food Pairing: summer bbq, or a lamb roast

Best Wine of Show at the 2023 Orange Wine Show

93 points - "Cracked black cardamom pods, blackberry and cherry skin. Winter pine, fresh bay leaf and wild raspberries. There is a slinkiness across the palate and acidity that screams, ‘Drink more of me.' The wine's cool-climate shape brings together freshness and drinkability with a hint of savoury bresaola/cured meats on the finish and silky tannins. Classy." - Shanteh Wale (Halliday Wine Companion)

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