Why do we love it, you ask?
So many awards and for so little money!
The peeps at Willow Bridge Estate continue to enjoy recognition for their hard work and now this celebrated vineyard and winery has made a Shiraz to show off to your friends.
It’s bright, spicy and fresh, medium-bodied and all things balanced and elegant. Smoky French oak envelopes lush black fruits, plums, peanuts, dark chocolate and anise. There’s minerality and complexity to boot.
If you’d like to cellar this baby, try 3-5 years.
This wine is going to make these types of food delish…and vice versa!
The long version.
Impress your friends. Impress yourself.
Grape: 95% Shiraz, 5% Grenache
Estate grown from the spectacular hillside vineyard in the Ferguson Valley of the Geographe wine region, fruit is sourced from 1998 plantings, in our north facing Forrest, Jarrah and Blinman blocks.
Soil is typically a deep layer of ironstone gravelly loam over red and yellow friable clay with slight westerly aspects at elevations of 220 to 250m above sea level.
Dragonfly Shiraz is an expression of the juicy and generous varietal blackberry and blueberry fruits we attain in the Ferguson Valley, complemented by fine tannin and supporting French oak.
An immediate presence on the palate of deep, sweet plum, light oak cedar and fine tannin. A silky texture and a warming palate, with tannin building on the finish.
James HallidayMatured in new and used French oak. The crimson-purple colour is very, very good and points to a lively light to medium-bodied wine with red and black cherry and plum fruit supported by silky tannins and obvious French oak.
James Halliday Wine Companion 2018, August 2017
Ray JordanRipe and fleshy, with a lifted sweet fruit character. Dense core in the middle, with a slightly spicy savoury finish. I like the fruit that takes it into another zone. Chalky tannins. This is a terrific wine that is way better than you would normally get from this sub-$20 bracket. There is a vibrant purity.
Weekend West, 17 July 2017
Gary WalshThe Shiraz usually plays second fiddle to the Cabernet in this range, or at least that’s how I see it. I may just be biased. Spice, hazelnut, blue and black fruit, maybe a whiff of cold coffee. Medium bodied, crisp and lively, nutty and flush with juicy boysenberry flavour, tannin is light but firm, and the finish is spicy and dry. It’s a good wine, drinks well, isn’t over-made, and offers fine value.
The Wine Front, August 2016