A Rodda Yarra Valley Willowlake Chardonnay 2019


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MB:From the famed Willowlake Vineyard, one that Adrian Rodda worked with in his Oakridge days. Scents of halva, lemon curd, green apple and cinnamon spice. Lovely stuff. Clean and clear flavours, a little juiciness and creamy weight but ostensibly very fresh, green apple, pear, cinnamon spice and lightly salted cashews. Excellent length finishes faintly chewy; there’s a sense of poise, vitality. Sleek and cool. Rated : 95 Points, Tasted : May21, Alcohol : 13%, Closure : Screwcap, Drink : 2021 - 2026

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 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: 1-2 of March. Bottled: 3rd of Feb 2020

Tasting note; 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.