About This Wine
From the mature Willowlake Vineyard in the Upper Yarra. Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, coldsettled and racked with light lees to French oak (25% new) for wild yeast fermentation
Yarra Valley Wine
The Yarra Valley wine region is the most important area of wine production in Victoria today, and with its proximity to Melbourne, also the most visited in the state.
Yarra Valley is split into the Upper Yarra and the valley floor. The Upper Yarra is cooler in climate due to its elevation and coupled with younger, fertile, red soils produces most of the region’s notable varietals: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The valley floor is warmer and has predominantly grey soils with pockets of granite and limestone.
Pinot noir has long been considered a notoriously difficult variety to grow. However, the cool climate and longer growing seasons of the Yarra Valley allow the fruit to develop full flavoured and ripe character.
Chardonnay in the past has long been associated with a deep oily, buttery style that experiences full malolactic fermentation and great amounts of oak. This style has since fallen out of favour and wine makers in the Yarra Valley have capitalized on this trend to produce leaner, acid driven Chardonnays that are closer in style to those from Burgundy.
The Wine Front – Ripping wine. No question about it. Powerfully aromatic and powerfully flavoured. Cashew, white peach, grapefruit, lactose and honeysuckle-like notes. It’s chardonnay on the charge, in many ways, though it calms and balances through the back half of the wine. Beautiful.