2019 Wilimee Chardonnay

Macedon, VIC

Crunchy, cool-climate Chardonnay with excellent depth.


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About The Wine

The vineyard restoration project at Wilimee started by Ben Ranken in 2013 is now producing some tremendous Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

This is clean-cut, racy Chardonnay from high in the Macedon Hills, showing citrus, melon and a hint of smoky nuttiness. Wild yeast fermented, unfined and unfiltered.

The vineyard is on its way to organic certification. The best may be yet to come, so jump on board.

About Wilimee Wines

Wilimee wines is an exercise in love and restoration. Ben Ranken and his wife, Sally Richardson, bought the neglected Portree Vineyard in the Macedon Ranges in 2013 and have been restoring it to former glory ever since. The results are just starting to show.

The vineyard, first planted in 1982, is located in Lancefield, 600 metres above sea level, perfect for making cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. There has been a gradual move to organics with biodynamic conversion the end goal.

A native of Tumbarumba, and a descendent of George Ranken, who planted one of Australia's first vineyards, in 1841, Ben balances Wilimee with his main role as winemaker at Mount Monument. Ranken now manages his home site duties with the winemaking role at nearby Mount Monument. Previously he spent time at Galli Estate and under Steve Webber at De Bortoli.

Autumn at Wilimee
Autumn at Wilimee
Macedon, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

We hand pick the grapes that we grow on rare Cambrian soil, some of the oldest in Australia. The vineyard is next to a sacred quarry, once mined for its greenstone, which was used to make stone axes by the Wurundjeri people. Wilimee Mooring means 'Place of Stone Axe'.

Soil type: Red Cambrian

Altitude: 600m

Vines planted: 1982

Size: 8 acre vineyard

12.6 % alc/vol

Natural ferment, no fining or filtration

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
Drink Until : 2027

Wilimee vineyards
Wilimee vineyards
Macedon, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

We can say both literally and metaphorically that the resurrected Wilimee vineyard, one of the oldest in Macedon, is starting to bear fruit one more. A Chardonnay of excellent cut and drive. - DD Wine Crew


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