Willow Bridge Dragon Fly Shiraz 2019 - Geographe, Western Australia
This is great……and here’s why!91/100 Ray Jordan
91/100 Campbell Mattinson
Halliday Wine Companion 5 Star Winery
Halliday Australian Wine Companion ‘Best Wineries of 2014’
Most Successful Western Australian Exhibitor - Perth Wine Show
Campbell Mattinson “Value plus to be had here. It’s just so good to drink. Cherry-berry flavours with choc, clove and gum leaf. It sits just above medium in weight, is ribbed with tannin and while there’s certainly ripeness to the fruit the finish is dry. Very well done.”
Ray Jordan “This is quite a firm style of shiraz with plenty of plummy, spicy characters on the nose. Gets between 10 and 20 per cent new oak and has a freshness and vital palate feel. Good tannin profile here. It’s ripe and generous with a juicy, full palate delivered with slightly medium weight. Has a brilliant, high energy colour."
The Winemaker “Fresh lifted Blackberry, licorice and plum, gentle spice with french oak hints. Delicious and textural, sweet plums and dark berries with toasted French oak and long fine tannins.”
Halliday Australian Wine Companion "Many of its wines offer exceptional value for money."
The Australian Wine "(Australai's N# 1 Wine Critic James) Halliday listed Willow Bridge among his ‘Dark Horse Wineries of 2013’ and then his ‘Best Wineries of 2014’. The estate has also won Most Successful Western Australian Exhibitor at the Perth Wine Show three times!"
Halliday Australian Wine Companion "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 (in Geograph Bay in Western Australia) 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."
Willow Bridge Estate continues to attract acclaim for the relatively newly established wine growing region of Geographe which is located adjacent to its more famous neighbour, Margaret River, in Western Australia. Wine critcs have heralded the winery for producing quality, good value wines. Winemaking is by veteran Western Australian winemaker, Kim Horton.
The Geographe wine growing region is located near the southern end of the Western Australia's Indian Ocean coast, between the emerging Peel region and famous Margaret River – with which its terroir shares several similarities. The best wines grown in this region include fruity Cabernet Sauvignon (often blended with Merlot), gamey Shiraz, rich, citrusy Chardonnay, and grassy 'SSB' blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The region's profile is increasing with several Geographe wineries winning national and international awards annually. At the heart of Western Australia's wine industry, the region supplies more than 10% of Western Australia's wine.
Shiraz is the name given to the dark-skinned Syrah grape when grown in Australia and selected pockets of the New World. Though genetically identical, the stylistic differences between Shiraz and Syrah are usually pronounced.
Shiraz is so important to Australian viticulture that it is the most planted grape variety in the majority of Australian vineyards and has become virtually synonymous with the country's wine regions, and in particular the Barossa Valley.