Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Willespie 555 Harmans Mill Road, Willyabrup Western Australia 6280 Telephone: (08) 9755 6248Facsimile: (08) 9755 6210

Winemaking and wine
A wine of flavour and elegance. It is full-bodied and well balanced with complex tropical fruit characters and a long dry finish. A truly varietal wine that drinks well on it’s own and also matches a wide range of food styles.
The renowned Willespie verdelho is a dry style which can be enjoyed as a young wine or as a rich toasty treat after a few years in the cellar.Think of summer foods and verdelho suits perfectly. Being fruit driven and unoaked, it complements a wide range of dishes and loves to be paired with olive oil enhanced dishes.

Sauvignon Blank
Always a limited release wine, which is fresh and crisp, displaying pronounced varietal characteristics of gooseberries, nettles and tropical fruits.

A very focused and balanced style with a lingering dry finish that is an absolute pleasure to drink with fresh seafood & stir fries. Being a very focused and tight wine in the mouth, sauvignon blancs always go hand in hand with seafood & stir fries.

Don’t ask us why, some things just don’t need explaining.
RieslingA variety that works well at Willespie. It is a fragrant style with floral nuances adding to the typical citrus characters that the variety is noted for. The focused varietal fruit characters of lemons and apples are coupled with a full-bodied mouthfeel that persists through to a long finish supported by balanced acidity.

A fresh well rounded wine that goes well with almost anything. Great cellaring potential.A truly noble variety and one that is surprisingly adaptable to many different styles of food.
As a young wine it seems to like being paired with shellfish. As a more mature wine, from 5 years of age onwards, the richness and toastiness of bottle aged riesling lends itself to more substantial meals including those with rich sauces.

Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

The region has established an excellent reputation for this blend, and it’s not hard to see why. The full-bodied semillon component gives structure and weight to the fresh fruit characters of the sauvignon, which produces a rounded flavoursome wine of great charm.

An ideal food wine, that with bottle age, develops into something quite special.Reviews: 2000: "Nice complexity to the aroma, with appealing barrel-ferment notes complementing ripe melon fruits.A complex fume style with well matched fruit and oak and "good honest flavour" - Winestate Magazine March / April 2006.

A very full-bodied and mouthfilling style that has real weight partly derived from the oak maturation. As a youngster it goes with anything, although with some bottle age, demands fuller flavoured dishes such as poultry and pork and rich vegetable dishes.

A well rounded Margaret River style that sings of melons, stone fruits and buttery complexities. The subtle use of new French oak barriques for fermentation, has added extra dimensions of character that is only found in top class chardonnays of this caliber.This variety goes with anything and everything. Margaret River chardonnay is a very rich wine style and has the palate weight and length of flavour to match it with all food, or even without.
Cabernets franc and sauvignon are carefully blended together with the percentages varying depending on the vintage. This is an incredibly easy to drink red with soft, dark berry, fruit richness coupled with neatly balance oak that gives the wine good balance and structure.This blend of cabernets franc & sauvignon has produced a lighter style of wine that has lifted aromatics and softer tannins. In saying that, it has the structure and fruit weight to stand up to a number of dishes. Spaghetti meatballs are a long-standing favourite.

native of Bordeaux that has migrated to Margaret River in style.
Our expression of merlot shows great varietal fruit definition, whilst maintaining the acid and tannin structure that ensures that the wine develops beautifully in the bottle over the medium term.

A wine of great character that also manages to remain very easy to drink, needs a like minded food partner.

Roasted white meats such as chicken, pork and veal can sometimes require a second helping. This wine is a worthy partner in such extended sittings around the table.
ShirazUntil recently Margaret River shiraz was quite uncommon but this wine shows why more vignerons are planting it around here. A true cooler climate style with the spice aromatics in unison with the cherry, raspberry and plum flavours that the variety is noted for.

An amazingly luscious and complex style.Even though the tannins are softer, due to the aging process, this wine still has intensity of fruit flavour. Enjoy with lamb and moroccan style dishes.
Cabernet SauvignonThis is the variety that put Margaret River on the map. Deep purple in colour when young, developing soft brick colours with age. Distinctive cassis, regional eucalypt and dark berries on the nose lead into a complex, deeply concentrated and well rounded wine with firm ripe tannins on the palate. The finish is long and satisfying. A full-bodied style that with ageing becomes very elegant and a wine to reflect upon.This is the most noble and aristocratic of all the red varieties that we grow at Willespie. Indeed it should be matched with dishes that are rewarding to prepare, Slow Food is what it is all about here. Dig out that recipe that Mum used to cook on your birthday, take the time to cook it as good as Mum does it, and open a bottle of this cabernet to drink with it.

"Old school" Cabernet SauvignonAn ultra premium extremely limited run Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon.This is something extra special.Our Cabernet vines are 32 years old, non irrigated and low yielding. The grapes for this wine were specially treated in the vineyard, basket pressed and given new oak treatment.
It is drinking beautifully, with refined dusty tannins and gorgeous fruit - this will get even better!

Shiraz Pizzaz
Shiraz Pizzaz is a very different wine.
Soft moussey bubbles lift the rich fruit of the base wine, a 2002 Shiraz, to create a refreshing experience. Delightfully different!

Serving suggestions: Perfect with a cheese platter or on its own as a great start to an evening!

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