The Willows Vineyard - Fabulous Barossa reds from 60 year old Vines
“You just never know where you are with The Willows. Well, you always know where you are, in that The Willows is always going to supply some of the most joyously lush and pleasurable wines in your year’s drinking. But will it be the Shiraz or the Cabernet?”
Peter Scholz’ outstanding Barossa reds are produced at his tiny winery based int the hamlet of Light Pass (Population 30 as the sign says) amongst the vineyards planted by his forebears over 60 years ago.
In 2011, he was named Barossa Winemaker of the Year and demand for the Willows wines went through the roof. It is only because we have been shipping and supporting his wines for 30 years that we are able to get our allocation.
The 2016 vintage is a standout vintage in the Barossa. The growing season started with a warm, dry spring: good conditions for flowering and fruit set. Mild Summer weather followed and timely rain were ideal for gradual ripening of the fruit. The reds will drink beautifully for another decade.
“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” James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion
A wonderful Barossa Shiraz which, while other more fashionable brands have shot up in price, remains outstanding value. It’s better than Barossa Shiraz that sell for twice the price!
Dense, vibrant red-brick in colour, this brooding beauty has very ripe aromas: plums, blackberry and pepper. The palate is generous, ripe and mouth filling with berry and cinnamon spice flavours, soft tannins and a long rich finish. It will drink beautifully for at least another 5 years.
This single vineyard wine has got to be one of the most underrated Cabernets on the market.
The vineyard grows along the banks of the North Para River. The fruit is harvested late in the season, when the flavours are fully developed, tannins are ripe and sugar levels high. The characteristics of the vineyard’s location show through in the fruit characters of mint and a touch of eucalypt.
Deep crimson red, the wine shows beautifully lifted aromas of blackcurrant, spiced cherry and mint chocolate. The palate delivers weight and fruit generosity with savoury spice adding further depth and complexity. The wine’s silky texture and chalky tannin gives the wine an age worthy framework.
The wine is drinking beautifully now, while its complexity and depth in structure will reward those with patience.
These Willows Vineyards wines represent the very best value in the Barossa today. Order your stocks today, go to The Willows Vineyard.