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2018 Willow Creek Vineyard Chardonnay



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The first growing season with good weather at flowering led to the best fruit set in many years. The following dry, warm summer and autumn meant the crop ripened without undue haste or stress, beautiful fruit resulted.

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Drink with: Roasted organic chicken, truffle butter & greens
Cellaring: 10+ years
Colour: Pale Gold
Bouquet: Dominated by citrus aromas of grapefruit and yuzu, with subtle hints of grilled nuts and oyster shell.
Palate: A distinct creaminess complements the fresh, citrus-tinged acidity. Flavours mirror the nose, with mineral complexity building on the finish. A tightly-structured wine, with satisfying length and power.
Harvested: March 2018
Bottled: February 2019
Alc/Vol: 13%
Status : In stock

The hand harvested fruit was whole bunch pressed to retain the pristine fruit characters and minimise phenolic extraction. The juice was then transferred to French oak barrels, 20% of which were new, for fermentation and maturation on lees, with monthly stirring, for 10 months prior to bottling in February 2019.

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