2013 Precipice Willow Lake Chardonnay

imageDoes winemaker Marty Singh have a Precipice website yet? On the basis of this and the superb 2012 Hyde Park Syrah he’ll need one at some stage. This is the fourth expression of a Willow Lake Vineyard Chardonnay I’ve had the chance to taste. A.Rodda Wines, Oakridge and Bird on a Wire each offered differing interpretations from the 2012 vintage with only the latter opting for some malolactic fermentation.

Fairly typical and attractive white florals/honeysuckle and peach with orchard fruits (most significantly lemon and granular Nashi pear) and nuts. Displays the leesy aroma of freshly baked bread. Oak (all puncheons, one third new) offers more in the way of texture than flavour although there is some sweet cinnamon spice and a hint of vanilla. Upper Yarra Valley acidity runs through the body of the wine and the loud crunch and crackle of phenolics see it out. It has a good deal of the linear intensity I associate with the vineyard. Mother’s milk to me. 93

Region: Yarra Valley
Alcohol: 13.0%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $35
Tasted: June 2014

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