*PRE-ORDER FOR ARRIVAL IN OCTOBER*
This wine is due to arrive in October 2021. With very limited quantities available you may place an order for an allocation now and we will be in touch to arrange safe delivery when it arrives.
One of the most exciting Chardonnays to come out of Australia in recent times and from one of the most (some would say the most) exciting new regions, the Macedon Ranges.
Ben Ranken won the Young Gun of Wine viticulture award for his impeccable vineyards, which he farms according to organic and biodynamic principles (uncertified). At an altitude of 600 metres above sea level, the Macedon Ranges have a cool climate - indeed the coldest in mainland Australia - that is perfect for Chardonnay (and Pinot Noir).
The soils are some of Australia's oldest, rare red 500 million years old Cambrian soil consisting of basalt derived rock. And the Rankens' small vineyard is one of the Macedon Ranges' oldest, planted in 1982 next to a sacred quarry, once mined for greenstone by the Wurundjeri people to make stone axes. It is from this heritage that Wilimee gets its name, 'Wilimee Mooring' meaning 'Place of the Stone Axe'.
Their Cambrian Chardonnay is from those oldest vines, ungrafted and planted in that dark red, clay-based Cambrian soil. Unirrigated and very low yielding, the Chardonnay is hand-picked and pressed directly into French oak barrels (one-third new oak) for wild fermentation (alcoholic and malolactic). Unfined and unfiltered.
This is quite some Chardonnay. Enticing white peach aroma, some gunflint reduction and a buttery, toasty, nutty edge. The fine acidity reveals the cooler climate, providing backbone to the ripe stone fruits and layer upon layer of flavour.
Not only is Ben Ranken's fruit highly sought after by other winemakers (he still sells about half of what is produced every year), his wines are fast becoming some of the most sought after in their own right.