2019 Nick O'Leary Tumbarumba Chardonnay

Canberra District, NSW

Taut, tight and very classy, this Tumbarumba Chardonnay is very well put together. Great balance between toasty oak and fresh citrus fruit.



Oh my. This is fabulous

96 Points - Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)

About The Wine

Nick O'Leary is based just outside Canberra but makes a mean Chardonnay from high-altitude Tumbarumba.

The wine is not actually mean, it is tense and restrained with a flinty, struck-match nose and a taut long finish. And it oozes class.

Lemon, grapefruit, almond paste and a lovely acid line and all supported by nutty, spicy French oak.

Delicious stuff that will undoubtedly improve with age.

About Nick O'Leary

Nick O’Leary is one of the rising stars of the Canberra wine district.

With a little over a decade’s worth of experience in the industry, this superstar is absolutely cleaning up at some of the biggest wine shows in the country.

Nick focuses on Riesling and Shiraz, making great modern styles from great vineyards around the Canberra District.

Nick will be a pace setter for the region for many years to come.

Winemaker Nick O
Winemaker Nick O'Leary
Photo Credit: Canberra Times
Additional Info

From The Producer

Situated in the picturesque Hall Valley, in the Murrumbidgee River corridor, just outside the ACT, the estate incorporates a modern winemaking facility and a mature 5-hectare vineyard.

Since our beginnings, well over a decade ago, our focus has always been to make hand worked wines that truly exhibit the character of our region as well as expressing our unique personality and style.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker Nick O
Winemaker Nick O'Leary
Canberra Wine District
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Grown on the Barclay Vineyard, which is apparently the same source as Collector Wines ‘Tiger Tiger’ Chardonnay. I see this wine won best Chardonnay in the 2020 NSW wine awards, with a spectacular 97 point score. Funny things, wine shows. Full golden colour. A fair bit of struck match, peach and grapefruit, plenty of spicy biscuit oak. It’s ripe and glossy, a creamy almond character with tangy, almost lime marmalade flavour, and bruised apple, a flinty texture, nutty, wheaten and spicy, firm acidity, and a ripe and juicy finish of solid length, ginger oak shows in the aftertaste. Perhaps a little overt and brassy, but a good drink. Would have been better with less oak and winemaking thrown at it." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

"Oh my. This is fabulous. It sparkles in the glass and lights up the palate. It's heady, with the right amount of flinty, smoky sulphides and lovely citrus flavours – grapefruit and lemon, zest and pith. There's tension across the palate, mainly an interplay between toasty oak and creamy lees flavours and acidity. It's tight and will continue to unfurl beautifully over the next few years." - Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)


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