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RegionTumbarumba, NSW
WinemakerBryan Currie
ColourPale straw.
AromaBright grapefruit and green melon with cashew nut and background toasty oak.
PalateImpeccably structured, this fine wine shows all the classic features of the vintage. A linear palate of crunchy mineral acidity, white nectarine and nutty creamy oak complexity, with great length and freshness. All of these signatures together form a complex and classy, balanced wine.
Growing ConditionsTumbarumba experienced a balanced growing season with some warmer than average temperatures, which caused the fruit to mature earlier than average and pulled forward average harvest dates by about 10 to 12 days. As varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were developing rapidly through early and mid-February, some unseasonal rain events hit the region creating some disease pressure although with some robust viticultural practices our vineyards in the area were not adversely affected.
Vinification/MaturationSelected fruit was hand picked and a combination of whole bunch and crushing to press; full grape solids and some settling was used with a combination of natural indigenous yeast and inoculated yeast. All vineyard blocks were kept separate and barrel fermented in French oak barriques and hogsheads, with 20% new oak and the balance 2 to 4 year old oak. Post fermentation stirring was used to build texture and length, then maturation was completed on lees in barrel for 9 months. No malolactic fermentation was used to retain the fantastic crisp acidity of Tumbarumba Chardonnay. Barrels were selected individually for the blend and the wine was stabilised, gently fined and filtered before bottling.
Alcohol/Vol13%
Bottles per Case6
Peak DrinkingUnder prime cellaring conditions this wine has the ability to cellar well for up to 5 years.
Recommended Food PairingBaked whole salmon stuffed with peaches, almond and cous cous

McWilliam’s has for many years crafted wines with fruit sourced from the cooler, high altitude sites situated along the great Dividing Range. Tumbarumba Chardonnay has distinctive regional style and this is no exception showing white grapefruit, green melon, stone fruits, cashew nuts, with racy acidity providing freshness and length.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm

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