Chardonnay Tumbarumba New South Wales
Chardonnay grapes picked off vines, planted to splendid decomposed granite soils atop the soaring heights of slow ripening Tumbarumba, are minimally handled with a view to maximizing fruit character and regional expression. Under & Over is a fresh and vibrant Chardonnay wine, fashioned to be enjoyed as aperitif or alongside good food, immensely approachable in its youth.
Tumbarumba's cool climate and elevated aspects, where the vines can be planted to altitudes of 900m, are vital to the production of remarkable Chardonnay wines exhibiting great elegance, subtlety and length. Sustainable viticulture calls for low yields, achieving intense wines of moderate alcohol, requiring minimal additions and limited oak. Armchair Critic source their Chardonnay from some of the finest Tumbarumba sites. Harvests of partially hand picked fruit are completely de-stemmed before a cool and quick, precision actuated vinification to maximise varietal purity. The finished wine is primarily treated to an unwooded maturation, a small component is aged in a selection of seasoned oak barrels to add complexity.
Pale light straw colour. Crisp aromas of river stones, citrus flowers, stonefruits and lemon. The palate is equally pure and fruit driven with grapefruit, citrus and white apple flavours supported by a fine mineral backbone and bracing acidity. A well balanced wine of character and complexity, crafted to a crisp and refreshing, faintly oaked, fruit driven style, Under & Over is decidedly a grown up style of Chardonnay.