2018 Solana Tempranillo
A style which exudes vibrancy and complexity. Distinctive generosity of dark berry fruits with mouthwatering tannin which matches perfectly to food.
Up to 10 years
Fermented in open top fermenters, hand plunged twice daily at temperatures averaging 28 degrees. Winemaking encourages deep and dense structures, but with spice and minerality.
Vibrant blueberry and plum with lavender and lifted florals. Deep, dense wine, loaded with compote plums, forrest berries and black fruit. Long, lingering tannin.
Estate grown from the spectacular hillside vineyard in the Ferguson Valley of the Geographe wine region, fruit is sourced from the Cameron block which was planted in 2009. Soil is typically a deep layer of ironstone gravelly loam over red and yellow friable clay with slight westerly aspects at elevations of 220 to 250m above sea level.
Crushed cool to fermenters to static fermenters for eight days, peak temperature 28 degrees Celsius 100% barrel matured in new and older french puncheons and hogsheads.
Solid Winter rains were followed by a wonderfully warm Spring in 2017 heralding encouraging conditions for Vintage 2018 and indeed led to a long even Indian Summer. One rain event in mid January (35mm) was a blessing, and from then on vintage was dictated by long warm and dry days. Yield in 2018 is at or just below average within the region, The south west of western Australia also had one of the strongest displays of Marri bloom that I can recall, allowing crops to ripen without bird pressure.
(13/01/2020 at 10:29 AM)
I love Tempranillo wines and this is the best one I've had, deep flavours but very smooth.
(23/06/2020 at 2:23 PM)
Love the flavours in this wine and Willowbridge produces the best Tempranillo. I always order a few every time, because it is consistently great.