2018 Water Dancer Geographe Cabernet Merlot

2018 Water Dancer Geographe Cabernet Merlot

Love Margaret River Cabernet Merlot but don't want to pay $30+ a bottle? Then you need to check out the Willow Bridge Water Dancer Cabernet Merlot. 

This comes from Geographe, the region directly NW from Margaret River. Geographe is a little warmer in the day and cooler at night but otherwise shares a lot - and tasing this wine blind you'd bet you were in 'Margs'! 

Made by five-star-rated WA producer Willow Bridge, who Halliday said is making 'exceptional value for money' wines, this is a prime Cabernet Merlot in the zone - fragrant, yet fleshy, with a proper medium bodied style.

Tech stuff

Cabernet Merlot
Willow Bridge Estate
Geographe
2018
750ml
13.5%
Cellar to 2020
Screw Cap

Light

Full

How's it taste?

Aromatic dark fruits of mulberry and black plum. An intense flavour spectrum of mulberry, blackberry and dark chocolate with the gentlest hint of toasty French oak and fine savoury tannin.

How was it made?

Blend of Geographe Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, matured in French oak barrels.

Who made it?

Two hours south of Perth in the Ferguson Valley sub-region of Geographe is where you’ll find Willow Bridge Estate. Jeff and Vicki Dewar bought the vineyard in 1996 and enlisted the expertise of Kim Horton and Dougal Herd to create premium wines that are exceptional value for money. In 1997 they planted 100 acres of wine grapes – and held their breath. Then another 50 acres were planted in 1998, making Willow Bridge the biggest planting in what was then a largely unknown region. The vineyard is sited high on the western watershed of the Darling Ranges, with the vines enjoying spectacular views over the coastal plain, and across the waters of Geographe Bay to Cape Naturaliste. The vineyard is 25km from the coast as the crow flies, and receives the cooling afternoon sea breeze during summer. At an elevation between 230 and 280 meters, the estate is generally two degrees or more cooler than the coastal plain, with ripening times similar to the cool southern parts of the neighbouring Margaret River wine region.

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