2019 Willow Bridge Dragonfly Chardonnay

2019 Willow Bridge Dragonfly Chardonnay

From the WA region that isn't Margaret River but makes great wines too (aka Geographe), this Willow Bridge Chardonnay is an essay in clever winemaking. It's bright and flush with stonefruit, but still, it has crisp acidity and brightness. Affordable Chardonnay, done well. 

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Willow Bridge Estate
Cellar to 2022
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How's it taste?

Lovely complex nose of lemon citrus blossom, grapefruit, cashew and oak spice. The palate has a core of intense stonefruit and spice, textural and long with gentle french oak toast on the finish.

How was it made?

Estate grown from the spectacular hillside vineyard in the Ferguson Valley of the Geographe wine region, fruit is sourced from Forrest block planted in 1998. Soil is typically a deep layer of ironstone gravelly loam over red and yellow friable clay with slight easterly aspects at elevations of 220 to 250m above sea level.

70% of the wine was naturally fermented in pre-loved French oak barriques to build complexity through barrel fermentation, whilst the balance was fermented in tank, retaining freshness and bright fruit aromatics. 

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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