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RegionTumbarumba, NSW
WinemakerAdrian Sparks
ColourStraw yellow
AromaIntense and complex aroma of golden peach, ripe fig and honeydew melon. The fruit is supported by toasty cashew nut and biscuit notes.
PalateA powerful wine with great fruit intensity matched and balanced by creamy rich texture and the wonderful crisp slatey natural acidity of Tumbarumba. The melon and stone fruit flavours are perfectly ripe with a pure line of grapefruit acidity that drives the wine to fantastic depth and length, with an incredibly long, fresh and vibrant finish.
Growing ConditionsA hot and dry spring/summer, with no significant rain events led to even ripening for Tumbarumba Chardonnay. The high elevation, good health canopies and easterly facing slopes performed best allowing protection from the hot summer with intense fruit flavours and retaining the typically high natural acidity of the region.
Vinification/MaturationSelected blocks from elevated east facing vineyards from across the Tumbarumba region were handpicked and whole bunch pressed; full grape solids and some settling was used with a combination of natural indigenous yeast and inoculated yeast. All parcels were separately barrel fermented in French oak barriques with 40% new oak and the balance older oak. Post fermentation stirring ?batonnage? was used to build texture and length, and then maturation was completed on lees in barrel for 9 months. No malolactic fermentation was used to retain the fantastic crisp slatey acidity of Tumbarumba Chardonnay. Barrels were selected individually for the blend and the wine was stabilised, gently fined and filtered before bottling.
Acidity (TA)6.54 g/L
Bottles per Case2
Last Tasted Date22-07-2015
Peak DrinkingDrinking well now, but can also be cellared to develop over the next 10 years
This is a chardonnay. It’s a pearler. It tastes of white peach, oatmeal, citrus and river stones, smoky/creamy oak then finishing the job beautifully. A seamless wine. A powerful wine. And impressively long too.
95 points
Campbell MattinsonWine Front
842 arrives in (the UK) early July, so we don’t have to wait too long to see one of Australia’s most sought after wines. Largely absent from the UK catwalk, 842 is the Empress Chardonnay overseeing the McWilliam’s portfolio. You will be aware that I have a small, but perfectly manageable obsession with 2015 Appellation Series Tumbarumba Chardonnay which is the lady-in-waiting to the aforementioned monarch (842 Tumbarumba Chardonnay). The price and impact of the Appellation Series wine is, frankly, doolally, but don’t draw attention to this - just buy it and don’t look back. The slim, willowy chassis of this wine is nothing short of heavenly on the palate but what I find even more compelling is how 842 manages to sport the exact same alcohol level and a broadly similar frame but pack in ten times the amount of finesse and breeding. It is like all of the constituent parts of the Appellation Series wine were ripped from within its engine and then replaced one by one by Nasa-designed, titanium hewn replacements. It is supercharged, but lighter, half an hour longer, but nimbler and mind-blowingly more complex, but also fresher! Just how do they do it? I, shaking with excitement, noted a score of 19/20 in my notes then added an extra half because it seems criminal not to. You have to taste both wines, in order, because this is a warm up and headline act pair like no other.

McWilliam’s champions the use of grapes planted in high altitude/cool-climate regions to deliver quality wines with crisp, fruit-driven flavours and our flagship McWilliam’s 842 Chardonnay epitomises this philosophy. The name 842 references the peak altitude of the Tumbarumba wine region at 842 metres above sea level.

Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 25 x 11 x 35 cm


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