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.
Estate grown fruit, handled fastidiously, matured painstakingly.
Deep bouquet, dried plums, earthy beetroot and scented spice.
Powerful and complex, black plum fruit intermingled with complex tertiary characters of dried nuts, spice and chocolate derived from ageing.
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.
100% barrel matured in new (25%) and older french hogsheads.
2014 continued our fantastic run of vintages since the overly maligned 2006. From not long after winter 2013, when the vines started growing again, the weather was a degree or so warmer than our long term average.
Early spring was wetter than its usual however it left us with full soil moisture for the growing season. Luckily so as the rains were followed by the driest summer on record.