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.
Cool scented fruits, blackberry and musk florals, lifted and vibrant.
A striking balance of concentrated blueberry fruit, cassis and dark plum, yet restrained and elegant with polish and finesse.
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 cold and wet Spring in 2016 shaped a milder vintage in 2017, which was further interupted by Ferbruary and March rains.
The resulting conditions led to a lengthy ripening period, and a 2-3 week delay to start of vintage.
Lower temperatures at ripening are beneficial to retain freshness and elegance, and wines of lower alcohol and crisp acidity.