Chardonnay Eden Valley South Australia
From the best parcels of fruit grown to the High Eden Ridge Estate vineyard, these are the earliest plantings of Chardonnay in South Austraia and some of the oldest in the country. The east facing escarpment rises 550 metres above sea level and separates the dramatically cooler Eden Valley, providing a myriad of interesting mesoclimates and vineyards which have been refined over time, along with the winemaking. The vines are painstakingly pruned by hand and yields are methodically thinned to ensure grapes develop the requisite intensity of flavour.
Mountadam vineyards were re-established as part of a deeply personal project by one of Australia's most entrepreneurial winemaking dynasties. The cool climes of High Eden Ridge, the large clonal variation and the very different aspects of the Mountadam blocks necessitate careful attention to the ripening of fruit. Grapes are graded and sorted by hand, gently crushed and the juices are settled. Parcels are treated to a rich course of barrel ferments in an extravagantly high proportion of new French Vosges oak barriques. Upon completion, barrels are seeded to a naturally cultured strain of yeast for a course of malolactic, lees stirring battonage and ten months before racking and the final assemblage.
Light golden hue. Classic Chardonnay fruit aromas of peach, nectarine and nashi pear. A rich barrel ferment palate of grilled nuts with clove and nutmeg spice supported by a citrus grapefruit core, all contributing to the immense flavour and length. Match with fried whiting fillets, camembert or recipes which call for white truffle.