Willow Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 1998
Pinot Noir from Australia
Colour: Crimson/cherry red.
Bouquet: Intense plum and cherry aromas with Burgundian complexity – smoked meat, chocolate and spice characters meld with integrated French oak.
Palate: Rich fruit sweetness is balanced perfectly with firm, velvety tannins and integrated oak flavours.
Willow Creek Vineyard Winery
1988 Harris, Ball and Knowles Family purchased the property of Willow Creek. At that time, there were remnants of its past life scattered over the property indicating that over time it has served as an orchard, dairy and sheep farm. When we purchased the property cattle were agisted here and there were numerous old sheds, fences and the original red brick Victorian homestead built in 1860's.
1989 Willow Creek Vineyard was established. 12 acres of Pinot Noir 12 acres of Chardonnay 8 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon.
1990 Willow Creek Vineyard joined the MPVA (Mornington Peninsula Vigneron Association) 1991 The first vintage recorded with 20 tons of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon harvested.
1992 The cellar door was opened in the old tractor shed with Cabernet Sauvignon and Tulum Chardonnay on tasting.
1992-1997 Our vintages increased each year with the wine being made off site. A portion of the grape harvest was sold to off set vintage costs. For marketing, we relied solely on show results, word of mouth, tasting in liquor stores around Melbourne, wine dinners and participation in regional fairs etc.
1998 Major development took place when the winery, barrel room, restaurant and cellar door were built.
1998-2000 Willow Creek Vineyard working tirelessly to create the "Willow Creek Experience" which means that visitors to our vineyard leave Willow Creek having had a memorable and enjoyable experience.
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About Other Australia
With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales - New South Wales has a variety of smaller wine growing regions. Many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations, leading to the more encompassing designation of New South Wales.
Western Australia – A small percentage of Australia’s winemaking occurs on the West Coast. The largest Australian state, Western Australia, includes the appellations Margaret River and Great Southern.
Southeastern Australia – This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in Australia.
Like the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale
, Clare Valley
and Barossa Valley
. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley
, while the smaller, southern state of
is best known for theYarra Valley
. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River
at the southern tip.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.