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Eden Road are quickly becoming one of NSW's true Chardonnay specialists. If you were going to drink one Eden Road Chardonnay every day of the week, The Long Road would be it. The Long Road label has always provided astonishing value for money, and this 2015 release may be the best of its kind to date. It comes from two Tumbarumba vineyards - one at Maragle (450m elevation) and one at Courabyra (750m elevation), with the blend of these two sites in the winery's words "representing a classic expression of Tumbarumba." If you're not sure what 'Tumba' Chardonnay is all about then this is a great introduction - _lifted aromatics, tight structure, intensely pure fruit._ Delicious.
What it Tastes Like
Nice line of mineral laced acid cuts through some toast and spicy oak. Lemon preserve and nectarine flavours glide along through the mouth. It's easy drinking but clearly carries with it the DNA of a class producer. Couldn't ask for a better mid-week Chardonnay.
93 points. "It’s light, carries an air of sophistication that belies its price, and still manages to pack in plenty of flavour. Lemon biscuits, stonefruit, dusty spices and a floral top note. Mixed citrus, green olive and spiced biscuit, a glossy texture shot through with flinty texture and acidity, and a juicy finish cut with the zip of lemon zest. Ripper." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
The wine displays lifted aromas of white peaches, citrus and alpine herbs. The palate is intense with lovely bright fruit, refreshing acidity and subtle toasted cashew characters from the oak. This wine displays all the classic hallmarks of Tumbarumba; brightness, intensity and purity.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
If you are looking at the ‘new guard’ of the Canberra wine scene, Eden Road is a name you need to know.
Winemaker Nick Spencer is right at the forefront of Canberra’s next generation of winemaking rockstars. Since he famously won the Jimmy Watson Trophy in 2009 with his first release of the Long Road Shiraz, the wines from Nick and his team have been highly sort after. And rightfully so, they are outstanding. These are premium quality wines from special sites across the cooler parts of NSW. Eden Road is one of the country’s most dynamic modern wine operations and definitely one to keep an eye on.
Australian Chardonnay is a seductive variety that comes in all shapes and sizes. From the toasty and voluptuous to the lean, flinty and minerally, there is a Chardonnay out there to suit everyone. Australia’s developing prowess with this variety has been marked by the international community with wine writers such as Jancis Robinson marvelling at the outstanding value to be had right across the country. The prestige brands of Margaret River offer wines of deep flavour and power, often crafting fuller-figured Chardonnay of outstanding quality. The cooler-climate wines from the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and the like are more focused and linear, building complexity around a backbone of pristine acidity. Whatever your preference, there is an Australian Chardonnay to enchant all comers.
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