Mountadam Vineyards Eden Valley Estate Chardonnay
Vineyard: Established in 1972 , Mountadam High Eden Estate is one of Australia’s oldest and first cool climate Chardonnay vineyards. Situated on a unique rocky outcrop the estate commands an easterly aspect over Eden Valley.
Season: The 2016 vintage began with well below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm and dry spring which enhanced flowering and set to deliver average to above-average yield potential. Low disease pressure was maintained by one of the hottest Decembers on record, when temperatures cooled down and rainfall began in late January, verasion had arrived. The fruit matured with an earlier harvest as predicted. Open vine canopies allowed air flow to develop fruit structure and sugars. Overall characterised by average yields with very high quality.
Wine making: Harvested in the cool of the night and gently pressed via a bag press. The juice was fermented in 50% new French barriques, the balance in 1 and 2 year seasoned barrels. The wine was intermittently plunged (battonage) throughout the maturation period. Malolactic fermentation prior to racking before returned to barrel. Selected parcels were racked after 12 months maturation, leaving the final blend to the wine makers selection.
Appearance: Pale straw in colour.
Aroma/Bouquet: Fresh notes of nectarine, peach with ripe figs and new French oak nuances
Palate: The palate has a complex mix of peach, orange citrus, cashew, subtle truffle and spice characters. The mid palate is round and textured with a clean citrus backbone. The wine is complex with balanced and integrated acidity.
Food Pairing: Lobster Mornay, Three Cheese Risotto, Tarragon Chicken with cream sauce....
Residual Sugar: NA
Cellar potential: 20+ years
Wine maker: Helen McCarthy