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 joyful 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.
A reasonably dry and warm end to 2014 was followed by equally dry conditions in January and February of 2015, but with a little more heat, however not the spikes that can be common in the early months of the year.
A light mid March rain event gave the red varieties some respite and a drink prior to harvest.