Wilimee Cambrian Chardonnay 2020

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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.

Local Collection

You can order online and collect from the shop. Just select "local pickup" at checkout stage. If we don't have enough stock at the time, please contact us because we store most of our wine elsewhere and can usually get more within a few days.

Local Delivery

Local delivery is FREE for orders over £30 and is available within 10 miles of the shop (GU10 1HR). We typically deliver locally ourselves Wednesday through Friday, but if you have a specific delivery request please leave a note in the relevant box at checkout stage. We'll always do our best to accommodate it.

If you would like a guaranteed time such as the morning (when we wouldn't normally be out delivering), then you can place an order through our courier service (see below).

National UK Delivery

We can also deliver nationwide. We process orders Tuesday to Friday and if your order is received before 1pm we can usually get it to you next working day. Again if you have any specific delivery requests please let us know and we'll do our best to help.

 Delivery options Order value Delivery charge Timings
Standard (next day)*

£100+

Below £100

FREE

£12.50

Mon-Sat,

9.00-17.30

Standard pre-12.30

£100+

Below £100

£12.00

£24.50

Mon-Sat,

9.00-12.30

Standard pre-10.30

£100+

Below £100

£16.00

£28.50

Mon-Sat,

9.00-10.30

Isle of Wight**

£100

Below £100

£22.00

£9.50

Mon-Sat,

9.00-17.30

Scottish Highlands & Islands***

£100+

Below £100

£18.50

£31.00

Mon-Sat,

9.00-17.30

Northern Ireland

£100+

Below £100

£23.50

£36.00

Mon-Sat,

9.00-17.30

 

*Next day is not available if ordered on Sunday or Monday, in which instance the order will be processed on Tuesday for delivery Wednesday

**Isle of Wight post codes PO30-PO41

***Scottish Highlands & Irelands includes the following post codes: AB37 & AB38, AB41 - AB56, FK19-FK21, HS, IV, KA27-KA28, KW, PA20-PA78, PH15-PH50, ZE 

 

Important Notes

  • We will contact you to confirm a suitable time for Local Delivery
  • For National Delivery you will receive a tracking code for our courier APC as part of your fulfilment confirmation e-mail
  • We cannot deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays
  • If possible, please let us know where your order can be left if you are going to be out
  • Use the appropriate notes box to leave any delivery instructions
  • For National Deliveries if unsuccessful APC will leave a card for you to rearrange your delivery

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Buying 6-11 bottles? Use code PIP6CASE at checkout for a 5% discount.

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NB: This can't be combined automatically with other discount codes, sorry! Contact us and we'll be able to advise further.

Some frequently asked questions.

Yes! If you subscribe to our e-mail newsletter (see below) you can benefit from our same in-store case discounts when buying online.

Buying 6-11 bottles? Use code PIP6CASE at checkout for a 5% discount.

Buying 12+ bottles? Use code PIP12CASE at checkout for a 10% discount.

NB: This can't be combined automatically with other discount codes, sorry! Contact us and we'll be able to advise further if that affects you.

Every wine we sell at Pip comes with our seal of approval and we guarantee that If a wine is corked, faulty, or it's absolutely not for you, we will replace it with a second attempt at the same wine or something else at the same value.

And if you would prefer a refund, please read our full refund policy here.

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