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Willoughby Bridge Syrah Grenache

Vintage 2013


Vintage 2013 produced small parcels of generous flavoured Syrah and Grenache which have combined perfectly in this intensely aromatic, succulent lightly spiced wine.  Willoughby Bridge Syrah and Grenache, is vibrant red with purple tinges, an indication of the impressive concentration of aromas and flavours to come. The palate is a perfect balance of fruit, savoury notes, fine long tannins and acid. It does not have excessive ripeness, extraction or oak.


The Vineyard


Syrah and Grenache grapes are grown at our Willoughby Bridge Vineyard at Colbinabbin in Northern Heathcote. With a North to South row orientation, this vineyard is spur pruned to encourage a dense canopy to protect the fruit from the harsh afternoon summer sun. All rows are mulched naturally, this protection at the base of the vines minimises sun reflection and alters the micro climate to make it milder within the vine canopy.


The Winemaking


After handpicking, the separate fruit parcels were given a short pre-fermentation cold soak before being crushed and open fermented at warm temperatures. The wine was hand-plunged twice daily during its six-day ferment to extract the desired levels of colour and flavour. After ferment the individual wines were pressed of into new and secondary oak casks. Blended and bottled in September 2014.


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