2019 Willowlake Vineyard Chardonay


Highly lifted aromas of white flowers and ripe stone fruit combine subtle toastiness, lees and gun smoke.  The palate  has the Willowlake signature “creamy flow” combining oatmeal and vanilla with a chalky, saline texture finished by mouth-watering natural acidity.

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A section of Willow Lake Vineyard’s Parkinsons Road Block was planted in 1979 in brown gradational soils over clay at an elevation of 270 metres above sea level.

Unlike the majority of the Willow Lake Vineyard, the Parkinsons Road Block has a southerly aspect, with a consistent gradient across the entire block. Grapes were hand picked and pressed to 500 litre French oak puncheons (34% first use) without clarification or racking for non-temperature controlled fermentation.

Malolactic fermentation was not encouraged so as to preserve freshness and natural acidity. The wine was rested on it lees for 10 months prior to bottling.

2019 harvest date: 1st-2nd March
Bottled: 3rd February 2020

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Intense , highly lifted aromas of grapefruit  and white flowers combine with white stone fruit and gun smoke.  The palate  has a creamy flow supported by a saline, chalky texture encapsulated by mouth-watering natural acidity.