2014 McWilliam’s 842 Tumbarumba Chardonnay

2014 McWilliam’s 842 Tumbarumba Chardonnay

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The absolute top of the tree for McWilliam's, the 842 Chardonnay comes from the high altitude vineyards around Tumbarumba and showcases the pristine acidity and vitality that Tumby is known for.

Dripping with awards and high scores, it's super premium wine with super premium style.

Expert Reviews

95 Points - James Halliday - Halliday's Wine CompanionPale straw-green; an aristocratic chardonnay, if there can be such a thing; complex, yet fruit-driven, bright acidity; enviable length and purity.
94 Points - Huon HookeA light-coloured, restrained, very pared-back style of cool-climate chardonnay. If anything, it is a bit underdone. At four years, it's still undeveloped. On the plus side, it has delicacy, refinement and balance, oak is understated and the wine will live long - and probably surprise and delight in another decade's time.

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How's it taste?

Expressive aromas of white nectarine, green apple and fig, with gun flint, cashew nut and spicy toasty oak. A linear palate of crunchy mineral acidity with power, length and drive. White fruit and nutty creamy oak textured complexity, with an incredibly long and persistent finish.

How was it made?

Selected fruit was handpicked and a combination of whole bunch pressing and crushing to press; full grape solids without settling was used with a combination of natural indigenous yeast and inoculated yeast. All vineyard blocks were kept separate and barrel fermented in French oak barriques, with 30-40% new oak and the balance 2 to 4 year old oak. Limited post fermentation batonnage (stirring) was used to build texture and length, then maturation was completed on lees in barrel for 9 months with no batonnage. No malolactic fermentation was used to retain the fantastic minerality and crisp acidity of Tumbarumba Chardonnay. Barrels were selected individually for the blend and the wine was stabilised, gently fined and filtered before bottling.

Who made it?

The McWilliam’s have been the doyens of the Australian wine industry longer than anyone can remember. Their history now spans over six generations since venturing into wine in 1877. Today, they are one of the largest family owned wine businesses in the country. As well as having McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant in the Hunter Valley, they also have the large Hanwood winery in the Riverina region of New South Wales that has existed since 1916. It is here wine ranges like Hanwood and Lillydale Estate are produced. Recently, McWilliams ventured into the Margaret River after purchasing the Evans and Tate and Catching Thieves brands. Chief Winemaker Corey Ryan and Senior Winemaker Russell Cody dabble in regions around the country such as Coonawarra, Hilltops, Yarra Valley, Tumbarumba and Eden Valley. They produce quality wines ranging from reliable and affordable through to upmarket single vineyard. They also have some fun with fortifieds just to keep things interesting.

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