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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Willow Bridge Estate Gravel Pit Shiraz 2013

Easy rock-heads, the vineyard is on the site of a former quarry from where much of the gravel for building local roads came.

In vintages past, this wine was co-fermented with a small portion of the white grape Viognier, in 2013 the decision was taken to reduce the amount fermented with Viognier and instead add small amounts of Grenache (6%) and Mataro (3%) from a neighbouring vineyard.

Chocolatey oak, soft fruits by way of a little bramble and cassis, perhaps even a suggestion of citrus (it certainly had me thinking of Terry's chocolate orange in times).

Soft and supple, we see red and black fruit - not overt, or dominating - and fine graphite tannin profile riven through the wine. It lends a composed, elegant structure, acid adds an extra dimension, a little freshness, a spur to add extra gravitas to a quality wine. 92

Tasted on: Sunday 8th February, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 13.4%
Closure: Screwcap

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