92 out of 100
by James Halliday
100% Shiraz – Single block
Our estate shiraz fruit is sourced from 2-3 different shiraz blocks across our vineyard. The differences in soil type, clone, microclimate and management between each block helps build complexity in the final blend. Vine age varies from 16 – 51 years old. Soils vary in depth, colour and texture but are predominantly sandy loam over red clay.
The Willows has been our home since 1845, when `JG` Scholz first arrived in the Barossa. Seven generations on, we continue to farm our unique parcel of land in the Barossa. Variety 100% Shiraz - Single block Vineyard Our estate shiraz fruit is sourced from 2-3 different shiraz blocks across our vineyard. The differences in soil type, clone, microclimate and management between each block helps build complexity in the final blend. Vine age varies from 16 - 51 years old. Soils vary in depth, colour and texture but are predominantly sandy loam over red clay. Vintage A standout vintage with high quality fruit. The 2015/16 growing season yielded a warm, dry spring with good conditions for flowering and fruit set. Mild Summer weather and timely rain were ideal for ripening coupled with generous yields. Winemaking Destemmed and fermented to dryness. 12 days total on skins. Basket pressed to tank. Upon completion of MLF transferred to barrel for 24 months in French & American Oak hogsheads. Tasting Notes_________________________________________________________________
Dense crimson in the glass, our Shiraz shows aromatics of berry fruits, a touch of dark chocolate and earth with hints of sweet spice. Soft and velvety on the palate, the dark fruits intensify to reveal great depth of flavour. The wines generosity is neatly framed with soft, ripe tannins that lend great length and structure to the wine. `Boasts a lifted floral nose evocative of a cooler zone than the Barossa. The colour too….is vital mid ruby. Blueberry, smoked backstrap, aniseed and briar skirt, along rails of juicy acidity and fine boned tannins. The oak is buried. This is a delicious and elegant wine, offering solid value.` 92 points Halliday Wine Companion 2019 `
Wonderfully ripe and perfumed, the bouquet shows black/blueberry, olive, vanillan oak and toasted spice aromas, leading to an impressively weighted palate that`s beautifully rounded and fleshy. It`s flavoursome, and textural with seductive complexity, making it fabulously drinkable.` At its best now to 2032 94 points Sam Kim/WINE ORBIT 2020
The Barossa`s international reputation for concentrated, powerful Shiraz with great palate length and softness is borne out in this wine. Dense, vibrant colour is a feature of this brooding beauty, along with very ripe, sweet fruit, reminiscent of plum, blackberry and pepper on the nose.
Two years maturation in American and French Oak Barrels has enhanced and complimented the robust fleshy fruit. As a result the palate is generous, ripe and mouth filling exhibiting berry and cinnamon spice flavours, along with oak-derived mocha overtones and harmonious, soft yet defined tannins. Drinking extremely well at a young age but with also benefit from careful cellaring for the next 8+ years.