Pinot Noir Mornington Victoria
Willow Creek has quickly gained a reputation as one of the leading Mornington wineries, producing ultra fine Pinot Noir. From the first multiple trophy winning 1994 edition it was clear that Willow Creek was an exceptional site yielding superlative fruit. Willow Creek's philosophy is uncompromising, that the best wines can only come from the most exacting standards of viticulture. Idyllically planted on good soils with perfect aspects, the vineyard has been continuously refined to achieve ripe harvests of choice Pinot Noir grapes with intense flavours.
Originally a large mixed farm, the historic red brick homestead dates back to the 1880s. There were remnants of it's past life scattered all over the property indicating that over time it has served as an orchard, dairy and sheep farm. The Homestead Block was planted to Pinot Noir in the late 1980s. Grapes are harvested by hand, destemmed and crushed, vinified in small fermenters with gentle cap management to extract maximum colour and quality tannins from the skins and seeds. After a total of sixteen days on skins to build structure, the batches are pressed and transferred immediately to a combination of new and prior use French oak barrels for the completion of malolactic and eleven months maturation.
Medium garnet hue. Black cherry and chocolate with earthy/beetroot complexity and subtle French oak. Quite rich cherry fruit upfront, with more complex herb and earthy flavours and French oak flavours building on the length of the palate. The wine has a silky texture and good middle palate volume with very fine grained tannins giving grip to the finish.