A blend of 86 % Merlot, 6% Malbec, 5 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc. Late summer rains followed a cooler than average summer in the 2003/2004 growing season. However March and April were dry and warm giving an excellent finish to the season. This allowed our grapes to ripen fully and develop a complex flavour profile and mature tannins. Picking of the red varieties started late March and finished late April. These grapes are all grown on the certified Gimblett Gravels.
Crafted by Bruce Helliwell using traditional winemaking techniques Zillah 2006 displays a breath of aromas including rich fruit and spice, and the unmistakable Bridge Pa Vineyard perfume. The long complex palate is full bodied, smooth and intense with berry and black plum combining with spicy oak and an intriguing earthiness. A beautifully balanced multi layered wine supported by ripe tannins and rounded acidity.
Deeply coloured, dark ruby rim intensifying to a deep blood-red centre. The very ripe nose includes aromas of cassis, chocolate, vanilla and toasty oak with coffee hints. Soft tannins and sweet fruit combine with palate weight to provide a lengthy finish. This is a rich and full- bodied wine that will develop very well over a number of years.