Qantas Wine Show 2015 - Trophy Results

Morning Bridgees,

With so many wine shows out there, it’s hard to know which ones to take note of, but this is the one we here at Old Bridge have been waiting for.

The ‘Qantas Wine Show of Western Australia’ is WA’s premier wine show, judging exclusively Western Australian wines. This year hailed entries from the Great Southern in the states south west to our oldest wine region, the Swan Valley, and everywhere in-between.

This year is the shows 38th year, and saw 1022 entries from 157 different producers. A talented line-up of judges including Rob Diletti and Dan Wegener tasted through all the entries blind, using the 100 point system, and selected the best of the best.

It hasn’t been easy, but we have managed to get super limited allocations of the trophy winners for our valued customers.

Available to order, max 6 bottles per customer, are….

Best White Wine of Show – Zarephath Porongurups Riesling 2015

This wine is unmistakably Porongurup, an alluring nose of flowers and citrus blossom, with an incredible mineral back bone wrapping up balanced fruit on the palate. This wine will live forever.

$25 per bottle ( Max 6 )

Best Rose of Show – Deep Woods Estate Rose 2015

This is the first time a Trophy has been awarded to a Rose at the Qantas show, saying a lot about the quality of this wine. Rose petal, wild strawberry, red apple and savoury spice. This Tempranillo / Shiraz Rose is seriously slurpable. 

$23 per bottle ( Max 6 )

Best Red Wine of Show – Amelia Park Margaret River Cabernet Merlot 2014

With fruit sources from two premium sites in Carbunup and Karridale, this producer has back up their success from the Ray Jordan Top 100. A typical premium Margaret River Cab Merlot, with juicy red fruits and structured ripe tannins.

$26 per bottle ( Max 6 )  

As they are so limited, first in, best cellar.

Jay and the Old Bridge Team

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Footy Finals Specials

Good Afternoon Bridgees,

This Friday night the Fremantle Dockers host the Hawks for the first AFL preliminary final at Subiaco oval. Big boss 1 and 2 are going to the game to yell and scream, and we get that most of you will be watching as well.

Hence, there will be NO FREE WINE TASTING this Friday in-store.

What we will have is some super Football specials, Beer and Bubbles to help us get the boys  over the line.

Feral Brewing Cube Football Specials:

Feral Sly Fox $45

Feral Hop Hog $50

Feral Karma Citra $50

Bubbles for the ladies:

 Marchand and Burch Cremant Sparkling $30

Special prices are from today until close of business Sunday, 8pm. 

Next Friday, the 30th,  we will have the current James Halliday “ Winery of the Year 2016” TAHBILK WINERY , in store for the FREE tasting, more details to follow next week.

Go Dockers!!!!

Jay and the Old Bridge Team 

Winery of the Month - West Cape Howe

Old Bridge Cellars Winery of the Month

West Cape Howe

Just awarded ‘Australia’s Best Value Winery’ in James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2016

We recently had the pleasure of tasting the recent releases of the West Cape Howe wines and were so impressed that we have selected this winery as our Winery of the Month. The wines certainly lived up to the ecstatic reviews they have been receiving and their outstanding performance in the highly competitive Australian wine show circuit.

Obviously James Halliday agrees with me, as he just announced West Cape Howe as ‘Australia’s Best Value Winery’ in his latest Halliday Wine Companion that came out late last week.

The wines are made predominantly from grapes grown at West Cape Howe’s vineyards in Mount Barker and Frankland River, but, where appropriate, fruit is also carefully sourced from other areas.  Senior Winemaker Gavin Berry and Viticultural Manager Rob Quenby, and their talented colleagues, can be justifiably proud of their achievements and congratulated for enhancing the reputation of the Great Southern as one of the great wine regions of Australia.

We were delighted to find a Tempranillo that showed that the great red variety of Rioja, Spain’s leading wine region, has a real future in Western Australia and the Book Ends Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrates perfectly that the cool Great Southern wine region can produce outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon, especially in years, such as 2012, when conditions are particularly favourable for the development of the main grape variety of Bordeaux. The 2013 Two Steps Shiraz is the second of a formidable duo of the winery’s premium portfolio and the 2013 Cabernet Merlot represents extraordinary value for a wine of its quality. Finally, but by no means least, we greatly enjoyed the carefully constructed 2014 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and delicious cool climate 2014 Styx Gully Chardonnay.

We can think of no other winery in Western Australia that produces such a wide range of high quality wines at such a very reasonable price. Great quality, great value!     

 

West Cape Howe Tempranillo 2014                         $21.95

This wine confirms that Tempranillo has found a second home in Western Australia when it is in the skilled wine making hands of West Cape Howe. This conclusion is borne out by its receipt of Trophies at both the National Wine Show of Australia and the Perth Royal Wine Show.

The fruit for this Tempranillo came from West Cape Howe’s vineyards in Frankland River and from the Perth Hills, with the parcel from each region being kept separate during fermentation.  The wine was matured for ten months in French oak, which has ensured that its varietal characteristics were retained. Careful blending of the wine after maturation enabled the best qualities of both regions to be expressed in the final product.

The bouquet of the 2014 West Cape Howe Tempranillo has an attractive combination of lifted berry fruits, dark cherries and aromatic savoury characters. The palate is filled with sweet berry flavours, hints of dark chocolate and olives. A very well balanced wine with soft tannins and a long fruit driven finish. 

Gavin Berry understandably particularly likes this wine and the results achieved by combining the savoury qualities of the fruit from Frankland River with the much plumper and fuller fruit from the Perth Hills. This wine will provide delicious drinking over the next three to five years.

 

West Cape Howe Mount Barker Riesling 2014                    $19.95

Crisp, fresh styles of Riesling have always been a very popular variety here at Old Bridge Cellars, with people coming from far and wide for our range of over 50 wines, and this 2014 from West Cape Howe stands up to the best of them. The fruit is sourced from block 6 of the Langton vineyard in Mount Barker, picked over several weeks to retain crisp acidity and absolute freshness.  Varietal characters of citrus blossom on both the nose and palate, with the acidity a steel wire running all the way through to the endless finish.  

 

West Cape Howe Cabernet Merlot 2013                                $15.95

Gavin Berry has certainly achieved his aim of complementing the mixed berry fruit characters of Cabernet Sauvignon with the richer flavours of Merlot.  Maturation in good quality oak has allowed the wine to develop the savoury characteristics found in the best red wines

This wine has been described by James Halliday as having a bright crimson colour and a fragrant bouquet of blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit, which, in turn, leads on to a supple, medium-bodied palate, awash with delicious cassis tempered by some cedar from the French oak, together with fine-grained tannins.  Notwithstanding the low price, some seriously good fruit has been used to make this wine, drink to 2025. 94 points.

 

West Cape Howe Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2014            $15.95

This delicious wine has benefitted from having been made from fruit that was carefully selected from regions with different climates, namely the Great Southern, Pemberton and Margaret River. The resultant complexity and quality has been further enhanced by the careful selection of appropriate grape varieties. The wine thus comprised 58% Semillon, which has provided texture, and 42% Sauvignon Blanc, which gives the wine its crispness. Cool conditions during harvesting at night, together with early bottling, have ensured that this wine retained its freshness and varietal characteristics.

We are certain you will enjoy the attractive combination of fresh pea, cut grass and subtle citrus and lychee aromas and the vibrant combination of citrus and stone fruit favours on the palate, which has a long and clean acid finish. This wine is made for drinking over the next couple of years.   

 

Congratulations again to Gavin and the West Cape Howe team. Keep up the exceptional work.

Jay and the Old Bridge Team  

Bogle's new vintage of Chardonnay has arrived

Good Afternoon Bridgees,

The new vintage of our favourite American Chardonnay, BOGLE VINEYARDS, has just arrived, along with their new Cabernet and Zinfandel.

California Chardonnay is known for its apple and pear aromas and flavours, and this is enhanced by barrel fermentation, sur-lie ( lees stirring in barrel ) and partial malolactic fermentation.  Bogle’s use of 50% New American oak for 9 months gives this wine amazing sweet spice characters of vanilla and nutmeg as an elegant counterpart to the fresh fruit character. The wine finishes with the creamy mouthfeel that we’ve come to expect from Bogle Chardonnays.

We have received so many calls regarding this wine over the few months it has been out of stock, and with the 2013 Chardonnay vintage in California receiving an ‘exception’ from Robert Parker and the highest score since 2005 , we thought it was important to let you know it has arrived.

The best part, this wine is exceptional value for money! $34.95 per bottle or $30 in 6 or more.

We will have this wine in store while stocks last, or flick us an email if you would like some put aside. oldbridge@iinet.net.au

Jay and the Old Bridge Team

Castle Rock Porongurup Riesling 2014 - Special Release

Good Morning Bridgees,

We have another Old Bridge Cellars exclusive offer.

I received a call from FWW, and Rob Diletti at Castle Rock, has found Ten (10!) Dozen of the much coveted and requested, and long SOLD OUT, Castle Rock Porongorups Riesling 2014.

The Man : Quietly spoken winemaker Rob Diletti from Castle Rock was awarded last years inaugural James Halliday ‘Winemaker of the Year’.  Rob has help raise the profile of the Great Southern wine region, and these wines yield no ground to the best Tasmania and Victoria have to offer.

The Wine: Rob Diletti was very pleased with this wine, with typical Castle Rock characters, rich fruit and delicate middle palate showing nice minerality and citrus, with a crisp and cleansing finish. This vintage was very approachable young, but will age gracefully for several years, developing those toasty secondary characters we love in Rob’s Rieslings.  Enjoy with seafood and mildly spiced Asian dishes.

The Offer: I have 10 Dozen of these wines, I will let them go in 6 or 12, Maximum of One (1) dozen per person , until sold out.

$25 per bottle, so that’s $150 per 6 pack or $300 per Dozen.

They are arriving in store next Tuesday for FREE delivery around the local area on Wednesday the 17th of June or pick up in-store.

To secure yours, simple email your requested quantity to oldbridge@iinet.net.au and we will be in touch shortly

Have a great Friday and weekend

Jay and the Old Bridge Team

Friday Night's Tasting - Frankland Estate with Hunter Smith

G’day Bridgees,

We are very pleased to announce that Hunter Smith of Frankland Estate will be in-store tomorrow night, between 4.00pm and 7.00pm, to take us through their range of exceptional wines for our Friday tasting.  

Frankland Estate, like Old Bridge, is a family run business. Set up by Barrie Smith and Judi Cullam back in 1988, they are now assisted by their daughter Elizabeth Smith and son Hunter, and a small, passionate and hard working team.

Their approach to winemaking? The most significant characteristic of a wine come from the soil and the vineyard environment. They aim to reflect nature, not the hand of the winemaker. This is further aided by being certified as organic back in 2010, the wines Frankland estate produces are complex, with great intensity and depth of flavour.

Open tomorrow night will be….

Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Riesling 2014

Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Shiraz 2012

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling 2013

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Shiraz 2012

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Cabernet 2012

This will be another cracking tasting! As always, free of charge and a few nibbles. Hope to see you all down here.

Jay and the Old Bridge Team 

Friday Night Tasting - Clos Marche

Arvo Bridgees,
 
Martin and I first came across Clos Marché earlier this year when we met winemaker Liz while studying our WSET course together. Clos Marche is a collaboration with her partner Skigh McManus, they are small batch winemakers sourcing parcels of fruit from single vineyards across the southwest of Western Australia.
 
Crafting wines with integrity, with the intent to express the unique characteristics of the varieties grown from our diverse and pristine wine regions.
 
Skigh began his career making wine in Denmark later relocating to Margaret River where he has been based since 1999. He has also spent time making wine in the USA, Spain, Canada, Asia and New Zealand. Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor of Viticulture & Oenology in 2000, and has held winemaking positions around Australia and the world from Spain to Tasmania and Israel to Barossa Valley.
 
Both Skigh and Elizabeth have spent extended periods making wine in the Great Southern region and draw on that inspiration to source the Riesling, Shiraz and Pinot Noir for the wines they create.
 
We will have Skigh in-store this Friday, the 21st of November to take us through these really cool, expressive and layered wines.
 
We will have open…
 
Clos Marche Riesling 2010
 
Clos Marche Syrah 2010
 
Clos Marche Pinot Noir 2011
 
Jay and the Old Bridge Team  

 
 

Clos Marche