wines of Bremerton, Langhorne Creek, South Australia
Strathalbyn Road, Langhorne
Creek, SA 5255, Australia
Phone: +61 8 8537 3093 Fax: +61 8 8537 3109
UK agent: Seckford Wines
The Willson family have gradually
moved from being grape growers to winemakers: the first wine was made
in 1988, and they now produce more than 20 000 cases annually, the
vast majority of which is from estate-grown fruit. Their vineyards
cover 100 hectares (that's a substantial area) in the Langhorne Creek
region, which is about an hour south west from Adelaide.
The house style seems to be lush
reds with a very soft tannin structure. These are attractive,
accessible wines, and I was impressed by how well the rich fruit and
new oak are integrated in the two top reds. Available in the UK from
Andrew Chapman Fine Wines (www.surf4wine.co.uk).
Made with just 3 h skin contact and using no oak and only free run
juice. The bright, lively nose is slightly floral and very crisp.
Youthful at the moment, but well balanced and with good acidity. Very
A Cabernet/Merlot blend. Lush, ripe nose with attractive sweet
berry fruit. The rich, soft palate shows seamless integration of oak
and fruit, with a very soft tannin structure. Quite chocolatey. Very
Young Vine Shiraz 1998
From the 2000 vintage this will be renamed the ‘Selkirk’
Shiraz. Deep coloured, displaying ripe, sweet chocolatey fruit on the
nose. Lush, ripe fruit on the palate with good acidity and soft, rich
tannins. Spicy mid-palate. Quite impressive. Very good+
Old Adam Shiraz 1998
This spends 22 months in oak. Deep coloured, concentrated wine.
This shows a sweet, semi-exotic liquoricey edge to the fruit on the
nose. The palate displays rich, lush fruit with a sweet edge and soft
tannins. Great concentration. A forward, full style, and the
considerable oak influence doesn’t stick out at all. Very
Walter’s Cabernet Sauvignon
22 months in French oak, 80% of which is new. Lush, sweet
attractive nose of ripe blackcurrant fruit and menthol. Intense,
concentrated palate shows great density of rich fruit with a touch of
spice and some tannin. Like the Old Adam, the oak doesn’t stick out.
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