Willow Bridge 'Dragonfly' Shiraz 2017

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WBSH201710 UCAU
  • Juicy and generous varietal fruits with gentle spice
  • A silky texture and a warming palate
  • One of our favourite producers of outstanding value, delicious wines!
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    $12.99
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  • Campbell Mattin
    90 points

Editors notes

A well balanced wine which has brought much joy over every vintage released. Aromas of sweet spices, with roasted meats and hints of pepper. Dark plum, dark chocolate and leather notes. Medium bodied palate with Dark plummy fruits and hints of pepper and spice. Fine, nutty tannins through the finish.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Campbell Mattinson

    90
    "Good value to be had here. Berried fruit flavours with a (slight) chocolatey edge. Fresh, well balanced, slightly spicy, modestly tannic, juicy through the finish. Clove-like overtones. Gentle sweetness to the fruit. Pretty much exactly as you’d hope it to be."

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Locations

Australia

Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.

Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.

Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.

With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.

Western Australia

The wine regions of Western Australia are located in the southwest corner of the state. Among them, the famous Margaret River region boasts a warm maritime climate, situated around 200 kilometers south of Perth. Although it experiences higher levels of rainfall than other wine regions in Australia, the majority of it occurs during the winter months. Margaret River is renowned for its production of Cabernet Sauvignon, which is often blended with Merlot to create Bordeaux-style wines. Additionally, the region's Chardonnays are highly sought after due to their high natural acidity and concentrated stone-fruit aromas. These wines are further enhanced by malolactic fermentation and barrel aging, which lend complexity and depth to their flavor profiles.

In addition to Margaret River, the Great Southern region is also known for its wine production. This region includes subregions such as Frankland River and Mount Barker, where floral Rieslings, elegant Shiraz with peppery notes, and Cabernet Sauvignon are grown. Other wine regions in Western Australia include Blackwood Valley, Geographe, Peel, Pemberton, Manjimup, and Swan District.

Each of these regions has its own unique terroir, resulting in a diverse range of wines with distinct characteristics. From full-bodied reds to crisp whites, Western Australia has something to offer for every wine enthusiast.

Geographe

After being a part of the Peel wine region and the South west Coastal Plain, the wine region of Geographe was formally established in 1999. This area was named after the ship of a French Explorer, Captain Nicholas Baudin. Located less than two hours drive south of Perth, in Western Australia, Geographe is home to a beautiful landscape surrounded by rural native bush hinterland and beautiful beaches.

In a region spanning of 1,200 hectares there are currently approximately 40 wineries operating in Geographe, all within the four wine producing districts of Geographe: Harvey, Ferguson Valley, Donnybrook, and Capel. These districts produce exciting, dynamic Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon wines that they are well known for. The climate of Geographe is blissfully consistent, with long warm summer days and cool winters, which makes it well suited for growing a various range of grapes.

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About the brand Willow Bridge

In the mid-1990s, the Dewar family decided to diversify their portfolio of agricultural farmland in Western Australia. They took an interest in the wine industry and purchased a property in Geographe's Ferguson Valley in 1996, planting vines a year later. The 60 hectares of vineyards were established in 1997 and sits high on the western watershed of the Darling Ranges. The vineyard is 25km from the coast and receives the cooling afternoon sea breeze during summer. At an elevation between 230 and 280 meters, the estate is generally a few degrees cooler than the coastal plain, with ripening times similar to the cool southern parts of the neighbouring Margaret River wine region. Initial plantings of the classic French varieties of Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, have since been bolstered with small blocks of Viognier and Tempranillo. Today, Willow Bridge Estate is in the safe hands of Senior Winemaker Kim Horton and Assistant Winemaker Dougal Herd. After winning the 2016 Geographe Wine Show Trophy for Excellence in Winemaking, these two and the estate have a bright future ahead of them. Willow Bridge continues to produce a wide range of wines from primarily estate-grown fruit and is consistently noted by wine critics as being 'best value for the money', and 'superb wine at affordable prices'.

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