The ancient dolerite soils in southern Tasmania’s Coal River Valley produce some outstanding wines. Careful bunch selection, handpicking, barrel ageing and care in every detail make the Willow Series a proud statement of what our valley is capable of.
The Willow pattern, invented in the 1790’s by Thomas Minton the famous potter, is a purely European representation of the East using Chinese symbolism. It is incorporated into the design of our reserve label to illustrate our heritage, the celebration of both our Chinese and western cultures and the quality of these wines.
Whole bunch pressed directly to small, French oak barrels, the wine shows complex aromas of honeydew, butterscotch, peanut brittle and dusty oak. In the mouth there are citrus notes, nuts, creamy oak and fine acidity to a long finish.
Still very youthful to look at, with bright straw colouring and green highlights. Delicate stone fruits are backed up by classic barrel ferment characters of nuts and mushroom while the palate is rich and weighty with oatmeal, cream and white mushroom.
The first ever release of this wine has a nose of wild, red fruits with a light dusting of sandalwood and spice. Mixed berry compote flavours in the mouth with silky smooth tannins and terrific acidity. This is a wine which will age gracefully.