Eden Road Long Road Chardonnay 2012 (Tumbarumba, NSW)
12.5%, Screwcap, $27
If you want a signpost of just how amazing Tumbarumba Chardonnay can be, then look no further than this wine.
Effectively the entry level Chardonnay for Eden Road, yet made like something much more expensive, this is a blend of Courabyra and Maragle vineyard fruit that was destemmed and fed straight into a mix of old and new barrels for fermentation, with no S02 used during maturation and 50% of the barrels going through malo.
The result is a beautifully proportioned Chardonnay with a delicate, lemon drop nose and excellent acidity running the length of the palate. There is a noticeable banana ferment/solids character, but everything is cleaned up by sparkling acidity to finish – magic acidity really, with excellent balance and freshness.
A wonderfully vital Chardonnay that is driven by soft, real acidity, this perhaps could do with a little more power, but an excellent wine nonetheless. Very much looking forward to the more premium Eden Road Chardonnays!
Score: 18/20, 93/100
Would I buy it? Yes.
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