Windowrie continues to experiment with ‘The Mill’

Resulting in a new Chardonnay and Melort for wine lovers to explore

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2016 Windowrie 'The Mill' Chardonnay

2016 Windowrie 'The Mill' Chardonnay [©Windowrie Wines]

Windowrie cellar door, Cowra, NSW
2015 Windowrie 'The Mill' Merlot
Windowrie's Estate Wine Bar, Cowra, NSW


After a very successful show-circuit in 2016 and currently wrapping up their 2017 vintage, Windowrie has released two new The Mill wines; the 2016 Windowrie The Mill Chardonnay ($20) and 2015 Windowrie The Mill Merlot ($20).

Winemaker Anthony D’Onise continues to make his mark on the Windowrie wines with their trophy and medal tally, and accolades, steadily increasing.

“For the past few vintages, we have built relationships with a number of grape growers within the Central Ranges region,” explained Anthony. “This has helped increase the quality of fruit and we are now seeing the results in the wine.”

“However, the Windowrie vineyard is still the hub of our winegrowing, with both these new vintage wines being 100 per cent Cowra.”

The 2016 Windowrie ‘The Mill’ Chardonnay was made from grapes grown on Windowrie’s original ‘Homestead’ vineyard. “We instigated a few trials with this vintage, with five per cent of the wine matured in a combination of different oak barrels in order to construct palate complexity and interest. The wine also underwent four months of lees stirring to build palate cohesiveness.”

In a Windowrie first, the Chardonnay had oxygen introduced during fermentation through pump overs. “The objective was to find a balance between old world and new world winemaking,” explained Anthony. “We are happy with the result, with the wine providing aromatic complexity and the palate being generous without being ‘blousy’.”

The new 2015 Windowrie ‘The Mill’ Merlot, underwent numerous cap management techniques during fermentation including static ferment pump overs, rotary fermentation and small batch plunging in order to balance ripeness with palate weight.

“As with all ‘The Mill’ wines, we are constantly looking to make varietal wines with good fruit expression, balanced with some oak and textural complexity.”

Distribution and Pricing: Windowrie is widely distributed and is available online at



  • Cowra (NSW)

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