Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Willows Vineyard

The Willows Vineyard
The Willows Vineyard Adress: The Willows Vineyard Light Pass Rd Light Pass SA 5355 Australia Postal Addres: s PO Box 60Light Pass SA 5355 Australia
Phone: +61 8 8562 1080Fax: +61 8 8562 3447
Winemaking and wine The white wines
Sourced from The Willows vineyards at Light Pass, this Riesling is typical of our style, but showing more character and "front" than many Rieslings. It has a delicate green-gold colour and a floral, lively aroma - hallmarks of a good Riesling.
The flavour is refreshing, with zesty citrus fruit, a touch of spice and a crisp, dry finish. An exuberant and refreshing wine bursting with life now, it will develop beautifully in the bottle over the next few years.
In 1936 Herbert Scholz planted his first vines, among them a variety known then as Madeira. After seven decades these vines are still growing - carefully tended, pruned and harvested by hand - but today the variety is recognised as Semillon. These mature vines produce grapes that give great consistency and depth of flavour and depth - year in, year out. This Semillon has the typical lively lemon butter fruit character which is a trademark Willows Vineyard style, along with a touch of vanillan oak from barrel fermentation and a brief period of maturation in French oak hogsheads. The palate is full flavoured, with good length, elegance and zest that indicates it will age beautifully over two to five years. Winemakers of the Barossa refer to Semillon as the "red wine drinkers white".
The red wines
This Cabernet Sauvignon is an impressive Barossa style exhibiting the richness and warmth of fruit one would expect from the region, along with the particular mint and eucalypt tones which have become a hallmark of The Willows Vineyard Cabernets. The vineyard grows along the banks of the North Para River and the fruit is harvested late in the season when the flavours are fully developed , tannins are ripe and sugar levels are high. This is a wine of great varietal flavour, combining stylish and elegant fruit characters along with rich chocolate hints which are associated with good Barossa reds. Extended maturation in American and French oak hogsheads over two years has helped create a long, soft, silky texture. The palate's complexity of blackcurrant, fruit, integrated oak and fine ripe tannins combine to make this a wine of immediate appeal, whilst its length and structure indicate a cellaring potential of five years or more.
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 small American oak barrels has enhanced and complemented 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.
Among the Silesians who came to the Barossa in 1845 from Europe there were plenty of grapegrowers and winemakers, butchers and bakers… not to mention a few Lutheran pastors. But while the gastronomic and spiritual side of the flock was sustained it fell upon one man to mend their broken bones. Johann `JG` Scholz found that his earlier career as a bonesetter in the Prussian Army was in such demand that he established a hospital at The Willows. The Scholz family ran this infirmary until the early 1960`s, during which time their treatments enabled many locals to survive various afflictions, including the polio epidemic which swept post war Australia.It was soon after this time that a small Shiraz vineyard was planted and became known by the family as The Bonesetter`s Block. Sixth generation descendant of `JG`, Peter Scholz, now lives in the sprawling hospital building adjacent to The Willows Vineyard and Winery. Peter selected the premium parcels of Shiraz fruit from this mature vineyard which were carefully fermented before ageing the wine in 100% fine grained French Oak hogsheads for more than two years. The wine shows typical Barossa structure and richness supported by fine, soft tannins and stylish savoury oak.
G7 GRENACHE/SHIRAZ In 1845, J.G. Scholz arrived in the Barossa and took up land now known as the Willows. Some 160 years on 7th generation, brothers Spencer & Jack Scholz crafted this wine from Grenache & Shiraz. Fruit from vines planted by 5th generation descendants of J.G was fermented in open fermenters and basket pressed prior to maturation in American oak.A tribute to J.G from generation 7
Sparkling wines
THE DOCTOR SPARKLING RED (CELLAR DOOR ONLY) Made from Shiraz and Pinot Noir, this wine is named in honour of the five generations of Scholz "doctors" that have worked and lived on the family property since 1845. The sixth generation broke tradition to begin winemaking - but continued healing spirits with this sparkling red. After spending 18 months on yeast lees it was disgorged in October 2005. A truly Australian style and a traditional favourite in the Barossa, this wine shows rich fruit and complex yeast characters, yet maintains a soft, long palate. Why not go for The Doctor? http://www.thewillowsvineyard.com.au

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