McWilliams have a foothold there and the wines from Tumbarumba under their Barwang label are superb. The latest 2014 vintage is a great example of what the region can produce. It's a tightly wound wine with restraint and power. There's the typical bright grapefruit backbone on display but it's overlaid with subtle barrel ferment characters adding complexity and savoury notes. The palate while intense retains a certain delicacy of fruit. This is a gorgeous wine. The fact that it sells for a touch under $20 is amazing. There are plenty of chardonnays the Barwang might rival at nearly double the price. I've already enjoyed a couple of bottles of this wine and I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy a few more before it runs out. Fergus McGhie
Intense aromas of lime juice, white peach and nectarine are found, with some lovely fresh green apple characters. The nose is complex with subtle oak notes of gun flint and biscuit aromas. Impeccably structured, this fine wine shows all the classic features of the vintage. Intense fruit flavours, wonderful texture from battonage and beautiful length derived from the ample natural acidity.
Whole bunch-pressed and barrel-fermented. Citrus infused with melon and stone fruits, the palate fine and subtle with balanced acidity. Drink By: 2018; Price: $23.00; Date Tasted: 28 Mar 2016; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 91 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday
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