Mountadam Vineyards Eden Valley Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay
Vineyard: Mountadam Vineyards has long been recognised as one of Eden Valley's pinnacle vineyards. Established in the 1970's and mastering cool climate varieties such as Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewurztraminer before an array of red wine varieties took hold. The vineyard is situated in the High Eden region of the Barossa at an altitude of 550m, where the breezes and slow ripening micro-climate enable superior quality of wine grapes.
Season: The vintage can be characterised as long and cool with good winter rains providing high moisture levels in the soil. January to February were cooler than expected with March having warmer days 2 - 3 degrees above average.
Wine making: Hand picked Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes were made on site at the estate winery. Traditional method and bottle fermented with the final blend of Pinot Noir 60% Chardonnay 40% Secondary.
Appearance: Pale straw and blush hue.
Aroma/Bouquet: Lifted fruit characters of strawberry, fig and red apple with hints of cashew and toast.
Palate: Fine persistent delicate beads of bubbles meander across the palate with upfront fruit flavours of quince, apple, honey dew melon, nuts and brioche. A light, crisp and dry finish.
Food Pairing: Aperitif, Freshly shucked oysters, tempura prawns and cornichon salsa.
Residual Sugar: NA
Cellar potential: 10+ years
Wine maker: Helen McCarthy