It was the vintage of 2001, when a cellarhand called out to the Winemaker during a red pumpover, "this wine is as Black as a Dog's guts!", and on that fateful day, the premium shiraz from Willow Bridge had a new name. Black Dog.
Bouquet of roasted warm beetroot, earthy and sweet, blueberry and baked plums, pie crust and a sprig of rosemary.
Delicious, rich and warming. Intense undercurrent of ripe fruits, balanced perfectly with secondary aged character.
The fruit is sourced from a gravel clay block, north east facing, backing on to the Wellington Forest, painfully low yields, but producing a wine of intense varietal character.
Estate grown fruit, handled fastidiously, matured painstakingly.
18 months maturation in oak, 3 years in bottle, a stunning example of Western Australian Shiraz.
2013 continued our fantastic run of vintages since the overly maligned 2006. The usual wet spring turned into the usual dry summer with no major disturbances to our red varieties. Maximum temperatures over the ripening season were slightly above average overall, but the crucial two weeks prior to Shiraz harvest were quite cool allowing ripening to proceed slowly and evenly.
Fruit was harvested from the Black Dog block on the 28th March.