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Willow Bridge
 
4 July 2019 | Willow Bridge

2018 Bookends Fume Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

** 2018 Bookends due for release late 2019**

Time Posted: 04/07/2019 at 11:49 PM
Willow Bridge
 
1 July 2019 | Willow Bridge

James Suckling.Com Reviews

Time Posted: 01/07/2019 at 5:28 PM
Kim Horton
 
21 May 2019 | Kim Horton

2019 Vintage Report

From the Winemaker...


Climatically, the season for the Geographe wine region has been cool and dry. The five months until the end of January have yielded little rain, about 70mm less than this time last year.
The cooler weather has also disrupted flowering and fruit set resulting in much smaller bunch sizes and high incidence of hen and chicken. The cooler conditions have continued into January, and January 2019 average temperature of 21.3 is two degrees Celsius lower than the 23.3 of 2016.

Up until the first week of April and Vintage 2019 was a case of so far so good however with plenty of red fruit still to be harvested and nearing towards the end of a cool season, a real assessment of vintage would unfold over the next month. The expectation for more sunshine was not realised and, whilst it was still dry, the fruit, mostly late season Cabernet Sauvignon, was left to hang and gain as much ripeness as possible before the season closed.

In recent memory, we have never had the same issues with birds as we did this year. Plenty of them! Native vegetation only crept into a late and small flowering season, certainly not the bountiful flowering we expect. Also, extremely low yields, specifically in Chardonnay and Shiraz. A product of cool flowering conditions.

The highlight was cool ripening conditions, which allowed winemakers to harvest white fruit at optimum. Aromatic, concentrated and exhibiting succulent acidities. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc the standouts.

A burst of late sunshine was just the tonic for Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Lower red yields in general could well have been a blessing, allowing balanced vine loads to achieve ripeness. Later season reds lacked a little colour and intensity as the temperatures dropped and the season closed.


Senior Winemaker

Time Posted: 21/05/2019 at 5:28 PM
Willow Bridge
 
8 March 2019 | Willow Bridge

Harvest Tasting Feb 2019

Last month we held our first ever Harvest Tasting with visitors getting a first hand look into the vineyard, thank you to all that came along we are looking forward to hosting more events like these in the future.

Time Posted: 08/03/2019 at 10:37 AM
Kim Horton
 
1 February 2019 | Kim Horton

From the Winemakers, vintage 2019

From the Winemakers...

Kim Horton & Dougal Herd

Another year flies by and vintage is almost upon us again with Vintage 2019 shaping to be one of the more interesting years.
 
Climatically, in a nutshell, the season has been cool and dry. The five months until this point at the end of January have yielded little rain, about 70mm less than this time last year.
The cooler weather has also disrupted flowering and fruit set resulting in much smaller bunch sizes and high incidence of hen and chicken. The cooler conditions have continued into January, and January 2019 average temperature of 21.3 is two degrees Celsius lower than the 23.3 of 2016.
 
So what does this mean? With still much of the season to unfold, anything is still possible, however we are bracing ourselves for small crops of intensely flavoured fruit, especially in whites, and keeping our fingers crossed for an Indian Summer to ensure good ripeness of flavour and tannin in the reds. It also must be noted the distinct lack of Eucalypt blossom this season will create bird pressure and fruit netting will form the basic defence against crows and silvereyes.

Time Posted: 01/02/2019 at 12:12 PM
Willow Bridge
 
8 January 2019 | Willow Bridge

Halliday Wine Companion Feb-March 2019

Time Posted: 08/01/2019 at 12:00 PM
Willow Bridge
 
14 November 2018 | Willow Bridge

Gold Medal - 2017 Solana Tempranillo

Time Posted: 14/11/2018 at 6:08 PM