Chardonnay Mornington Victoria
A vigorous diction of new world Chardonnay, framed within a tasteful veneer of judicious oak, crafted by an artisanal winery that's claimed best white and best red wine trophies, as judged amongst peers at the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association. Willow Creek offers a stylishly proportioned palate, finishing as crisp as the maritime winds which enthuse the Peninsula. Fashioned from fruit of the highest quality, luxuriously fermented in fine French oak, textural and rich, effusive, unmistakably Mornington and thoroughly invigorating.
Willow Creek are a small but dedicated winemaking estate of a mere dozen hectares spread out across three slopes of undulating hills at Merricks North, in the renowned cool ripening climes of Mornington. Perfect ripening conditions encourage the retention of aromatics in the fruit while developing good natural sugars. Vines are planted to grey unirrigated loam soils on an east facing slopes just opposite the winery and cellar. Grapes are harvested by hand and treated to a whole bunch press to retain pristine fruit characters and minimise phenolic extraction. Juices are cold settled before a transfer to a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels for fermentation and eleven months maturation.
Pale straw with green hues. Intense lemon aromas are framed by a complex almond, mineral and subtle oak bouquet. The palate reflects the nose with persistent citrus flavours, balanced by almond meal nuttiness and creamy texture from the lees ageing. Crisp natural acidity and a mineral length give the wine a tight structure which will continue to evolve and reward.