There’s no question that 2016 threw up some challenges with heat that pretty much lasted from the start of December right through to harvest, which was, as a result, a couple of weeks earlier than usual. But the thing about a brilliant site, old vines & an astute grower is that the fruit was still of remarkable quality. Concentration, great acidity, in a word “balanced”…….In fact I’d say the feature of the vintage is that perhaps the wine has been imbued with a bit more power & richness, whilst still well & truly verging away from being defined by any overt tropical flavours. As with the previous Willowlake sauvignon blanc, the 2016 is all about fruit intensity, flint & savouriness whilst being fresh, textural & most importantly delicious.
Volume: 360 dozen
Site: Willowlake Vineyard, Gladysdale (Yarra Valley), Victoria
Winemaking: Hand picked, pressed to barrel & then wild yeast fermented & matured in 10% new/90% used French oak barriques & hogsheads. Partial MLF, no fining, racked, settled (but not filtered) & then into bottle. No additions other than sulphur dioxide.