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Glenwillow

www.glenwillow.com.au

Sandon-Yandoit Rd, Yandoit Creek (Postal 40 McIntyre St, White Hills, 3550)

Cellar Door: Bendigo Pottery Tourist Complex at Epsom (Friday through to Monday from 11 am to 5 pm)

Ph: 0428 461 076

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Glenwillow stall at Bendigo Winemakers Festival (photo: genxywines)

A small vineyard lying to the south of Castlemaine close to the border with the rather cool Macedon wine region. It is owned and managed by Peter, Cherryl and Malcolm Fyffe.

Planting commenced in the late 1990s and currently they have three hectares under vine consisting of mainly premium Shiraz, with smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo and Barbera.

They use only the minimum amounts of water, fertiliser and fungicide relying rather on biodiversity and natural environmental controls to provide healthy, balanced vine growth.

The Cyclone Gully wines take their name from a freak tornado that struck the area in 1978.

A new Cellar Door wine tasting and sales outlet has been established at the Bendigo Pottery Tourist Complex at Epsom (10 mins north of Bendigo city)

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Glenwillow Nebbiolo d'Yandoit 2015

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: April 2017, floral and supple red cherry and blackberry with rose petal notes, linear and medium bodied with savoury, grainy tannins and good persistence (****1/2)

Glenwillow Shiraz 2014

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: April 2017, aromatic redcurrant and dark plum with a touch of cassis, elegant with rose petal and mint notes, long and medium bodied with graphite minerality, dusty tannins and well integrated mocha/cedar oak (****1/2)

Glenwillow Barbara d’Yandoit 2013

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: April 2015,  juicy, flavoursome and medium-full bodied black cherry and plums with mint and garden herb notes,  a touch of olive tapenade also comes out on the palate, has better length and less blocky than previous releases, modest oak derived tannin, the variety has very low levels of skin-derived tannin, the acid does most of the talking on the finish (****1/2)

Glenwillow Rose 2014

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: April 2015, there’s some Nebbiolo in this vintage to bring some savouriness to the Shiraz/Cabernet derived Rose, salmon orange colour, fresh strawberry/cream flavours with rose petal and garden herb notes, fine chalky phenolics (***1/2)

Glenwillow Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2015, similar fragrant and lighter style to the 2010, black cherry, dark plum and redcurrant with violet and rose petal florals with some anise and the regional gum leaf, peppery spices on the medium bodied palate, the tannins and spicy oak are well balanced to the fruit weight, fresh acid spine, medium term cellaring (****1/2)

Glenwillow Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2015, Trophy for Best Red Wine at Daylesford Wine Show, estery but has a supple and earthy medium-full bodied core, blackberry and blackcurrant essence with violet, bay leaf and eucalypt notes, finishes with balanced coffee/chocolate oak and persistent dusty tannins (****)

Glenwillow Sparkling Shiraz Cabernet 2011

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, vibrant bead, fresh cherry and blackberry with sarsparilla, mint and pepper notes, some chocolate on the finish, balanced dosage and acidity, avoids getting cloying (***1/2)

Glenwillow Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Bendigo Winemakers Festival ($25)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2013, lighter than previous years but in an elegant, Northern Rhonesque-way, fragrant and glossy redcurrant, cassis and dark plums with violet, rose petal, spice and mint notes, medium bodied with graphite minerals and lingering dusty tannins, restrained mocha/cedar oak, mild vintage has allowed a wine quite different from the regional style (****1/2)

Glenwillow Barbera d’Yandoit 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2013, juicy, ripe style showing blocky sour cherry and dark plums with black olive and fruitcake notes, firm acid backbone with open knit, fine grained tannin (***1/2)

Glenwillow Rose 2012

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2013, derived from Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, this is viscous strawberry and cream style with a touch of herbally complexity and a dry, chalky finish with crisp acidity (***)

Glenwillow Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2012, silky and essency blackcurrant and dark plum with a touch of violet, olive and mint, earthy and medium bodied with fine grained oak tannins, the well judged oak brings some cedar/dark chocolate support (***1/2)

Glenwillow Nebbiolo d’Yandoit 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2012, silky strawberry and cherry entry with rose petal notes, firmer and medium bodied mid-palate with some earthy undertones and fine, chalky and savoury tannins, just needs a bit more grip (***1/2)

Glenwillow Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, perfumed, supple and vibrant core of black cherry and dark plum fruit with anise, gum leaf and toasty oak spice notes, earthy and medium bodied with good line, balance and length plus a web of fine dusty tannins, lightly charry mocha-coffee oak, strong regional example (****)

Glenwillow Rose 2010

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, derived from Shiraz and Cabernet, chalky and fairly dry cherry and redcurrant with dried herb and spice notes, crisp acid finish (***)

Glenwillow Nebbiolo d’Yandoit 2008

Purchased: Stall at Bendigo Winemakers Festival ($20)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, attractively perfumed tar and rose petal nose, earthy, medium bodied and savoury black cherry, ripe plums and black olive with chewy tannins, good line and length, it might not be a Barolo but it is one of the more authentically varietal Australian expressions for the price point (****)

Glenwillow Rose 2009

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, derived from Shiraz and Cabernet, fresh and quite dry showing light bodied cassis and redcurrant flavours with graphite and dried herb nuances, nicely textured with a lingering chalky finish (***1/2)

Glenwillow Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, ripe plum and blackberry with anise, eucalypt and toasty brown spices, medium-full bodied with balanced spicy oak and a savoury finish, fine tannins (***1/2)

Glenwillow Reserve Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: April 2009, ripe but fairly focussed blackberry, cherry and plum with some fruitcake and eucalypt notes, savoury with plenty of charry chocolate/coffee/ coconut oak, a bit of acid grip keeps the wine in balance and makes it a medium term cellaring proposition (***1/2)

Glenwillow Nebbiolo d'Yandoit 2006

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2008, fragrant raspberry and rose nose, savoury cherry with some raspberry and tarry aspects, medium bodied with light spicy oak, fine savoury tannins (***1/2)

Glenwillow Reserve Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: April 2007, lush plum and blackberry, smooth and spicy palate with mint, chocolate and vanilla notes, finishes with some cigar box notes, dusty tannins (****)

Glenwillow Cyclone Gully Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: April 2007, medium bodied blackberry and plum with a touch of liquorice and cinnamon, light black pepper and tobacco notes on the finish but ends a bit sappy and green (***1/2)